FRANCISCO and MILL VALLEY, Calif. - May 28, 2002 -- Listen.com,
Inc. and JamBase, Inc. today
announced they have signed licensing and distribution agreements
that will enable music fans to listen to a wealth of high-fidelity,
live recordings of improvisational music through the Rhapsody
digital music service. JamBase is the fourth distribution partner
for Listen.com's Rhapsody.
today, JamBase will offer a co-branded version of Rhapsody to its
community of 250,000 live music lovers via its www.jambase.com
gateway and directly at http://rhapsody.jambase.com.
Working together, JamBase and Listen.com have also developed the
"JamBase Live Archive," an extensive new
catalog of live recordings from the archives of many leading improvisational
bands and musicians. Today's announcement makes Rhapsody the first
music subscription service to offer consumers unique musical performances
not otherwise available through traditional retail stores or other
JamBase community uses the Internet every day to find and share
information on their favorite bands," said Ted Kartzman, President
of JamBase. "JamBase's partnership with Listen.com will help
us give more to the fans who love and support improvisational music.
The JamBase Live Archive will give fans access to the best live
performances, selected by the artists, while ensuring they can give
something back by passing support on to the people that create the
launch, the "JamBase Live Archive" catalog will feature
more than 250 hours of live recordings from many of the best-known
jam-oriented artists, including Charlie Hunter, moe.,
Little Feat, Steve Kimock Band, Soulive, The
Disco Biscuits, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Robert Walter's
20th Congress, Yonder Mountain String Band, Deep Banana
Blackout, Jazz Mandolin Project, Garaj Mahal,
The Big Wu, Netwerk: Electric, The Motet, Jacob
Fred Jazz Odyssey, Umphrey's McGee, Particle,
The Zen Tricksters, Astral Project, The Slip,
The Fareed Haque Group, ulu, Boomshanka, Tea
Leaf Green, Topaz, Box Set, OM Trio, Addison
Groove Project, Gnappy and Psychedelic Breakfast.
JamBase Live Archive gives musicians a way to build an even stronger
connection with their fans by giving them easy access to the best
music from their live archives," said musician Charlie Hunter.
"Now, anytime they're online, fans can kick back and enjoy
high-fidelity recordings that capture the experience of their favorite
artists' live shows."
"JamBase Live Archive" gives improvisational bands a new
vehicle for sharing their archives of live performances with a wider
audience of hundreds of thousands of music enthusiasts across the
Web. Each band will initially contribute several hours of current
and archived live material to the "JamBase Live Archive."
Over time, the archive will grow as these bands contribute more
live recordings and additional bands opt to participate. In keeping
with JamBase's commitment to help the artists whose performances
are the driving force for the JamBase community, bands contributing
live material to the "JamBase Live Archive" will receive
revenue from on-demand playback of their music. Until now, these
bands have not had a way to share this music with fans while also
generating a financial return on the value of their archives.
"JamBase Live Archive" will be available as a stand-alone
catalog for $7.50 per month exclusively through the JamBase
Web site. Music from the "JamBase Live Archive"
will also be available as part of the larger Rhapsody "All
Access" catalog, to which consumers can subscribe via JamBase
or Listen.com's other distribution partners for $9.95 per month.
Rhapsody, which gives consumers unlimited access to one of the world's
largest collections of legally available digital music, is available
through Down Beat (www.downbeat.com),
Naxos of America (www.naxosusa.com)
and Seattle-based broadband service provider Speakeasy (www.speakeasy.net),
in addition to the www.listen.com
announcement demonstrates that digital music services like Rhapsody
can help expand the overall music marketplace by giving consumers
access to a supply of unique and exciting musical performances,"
said Sean Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of Listen.com. "By
becoming the first subscription service to offer previously unavailable
live recordings, Listen has raised the bar for other services by
giving consumers access to music they can't hear anywhere else."
is the only service to offer consumers legal access to music from
four of the five major music companies, including BMG, the worldwide
music division of Bertelsmann AG, EMI Recorded Music, Sony Music
Entertainment and Warner Music Group. Listen.com has also signed
licensing agreements with 50 independent labels, including Bar/None
Records, ESL Music, KOCH Entertainment, Matador Records, Naxos of
America, Razor & Tie Recordings, Velour Recordings, Ubiquity
Records, and Sub Pop.