the leading digital music application service provider (ASP), today
announced an agreement with Warner Music Group (WMG) to deliver secure
commercial downloads from WMG artists to select e-tailers in the
Beginning this month, consumers in the U.S. will be able to
purchase initially approximately 100 downloadable singles released by
WMG`s leading labels, Atlantic, Elektra, London-Sire, Rhino and Warner
Bros. Records. The downloads will be available non-exclusively through
the following RioPort-affiliated e-tailers: MTV.com, VH1.com,
SonicNet.com, BOLT and House of Blues` HOB.com.
RioPort will provide digital distribution services, including
content preparation, hosting and delivery, digital rights management
and customer support through its PulseOne Media Service(TM).
"Warner Music Group is home to some of the world`s most popular
artists and we are thrilled to be able to deliver this quality of
music to our e-tailers," said Jim Long, president and CEO of RioPort.
"This is an important relationship for RioPort, one that we feel marks
another major milestone in moving the market for legal digital music
"Through this agreement with RioPort, we can supplement the
network of online retailers that currently offer our downloads," said
Paul Vidich, executive vice president, Strategic Planning and Business
Development for Warner Music Group. "Now, music fans that visit some
of the popular music sites affiliated with RioPort can purchase high
quality music via a convenient download experience."
About Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group is home to some of the world`s leading record
companies, including The Atlantic Group, Elektra Entertainment Group,
London-Sire Records, Rhino Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records Inc.
The company`s Warner Music International, with a roster of more than
1,000 artists, operates in more than 65 countries through various
subsidiaries, affiliates and non-affiliated licensees. Warner Music
Group also includes one of the world`s leading music publishers,
Warner/Chappell and WEA Inc., which is comprised of three companies,
WEA Corp., WEA Manufacturing and Ivy Hill. Warner Music Group is a
division of AOL Time Warner.
RioPort`s PulseOne Media Service
RioPort`s PulseOne Media Service provides all of the online
functions and services needed to find, purchase and deliver digital
music to consumers over the Internet simply and securely. The PulseOne
Media Service features a 24 x 7 Web content hosting center, a wide
catalog of music, a network of well-positioned e-tailers and a secure
rights and e-commerce system focusing on a simple, secure consumer
experience. For its music label partners, RioPort is able to provide
all of the services necessary to securely encode, package, distribute,
manage, sell and host audio content on the Internet. The PulseOne
Media Service from RioPort sets the standard for the Internet
economy`s media application services.
About RioPort, Inc.
RioPort.com, Inc. is a leading music application service provider,
enabling e-tailers and consumer electronics manufacturers with
industry-standard solutions for selling music to consumers in a
simple, secure manner. RioPort`s distribution partners include the
MTVi Group, House of Blues, Bolt, @Nifty and others. RioPort is backed
by Oak Investment Partners, Vulcan Ventures, SONICblue, Microsoft
Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., EMC Corp., Quantum Corp. and Macrovision
CONTACT: Faiola Davis Public Relations (For RioPort)
Andrea Sausedo/John Rafacz, 310/248-5454
Warner Music Group
Will Tanous, 212/484-8067