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9/23/2005

 
PassAlong Networks Adds The Orchard Catalog to Its Digital Music Network

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- PassAlong Networks, developer of innovative technologies for digital music, today announced an agreement with independent music distributor The Orchard to provide digital music to all stores powered by the B2B2C software platform p2pREVOLUTION(TM). The Orchard's catalog is the latest addition to PassAlong's expanding digital music library, including Warner Music Group, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, EMI and many independent labels.

"Our objective is to provide all artists with the most effective tools for earning revenues with their music and this arrangement will add a lot of new talent to the PassAlong system to do just that," said Jozef Nuyens, Co-founder and SVP International Label Relations for PassAlong Networks. "We are pleased to provide our digital music store network with the large and diverse roster distributed by The Orchard."

The agreement with The Orchard will add over 200,000 tracks from 72 countries; every genre of music, and include independent artists Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, Paul Oakenfold and Motorhead -- all accessible from http://www.passalong.com/ eBay (http://pulse.ebay.com/), and Microsoft Windows Media Player.

"PassAlong Networks presents an arsenal of practical, innovative technologies to transform the digital music space," said Greg Scholl, Chief Executive of The Orchard and Managing Director of Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity fund that owns The Orchard, eMusic, eMusicLive and Dimensional Music Publishing. "PassAlong will help take 'the long tail' from a possibility to a reality. Innovative companies like PassAlong Networks, by encouraging sharing, community and music discovery, are transforming independent music."

p2pREVOLUTION(TM) is a multi-faceted B2B2C software platform designed to provide fans, artists and the music industry with a mutually beneficial resolution to the issues affecting the P2P landscape. Current components of this inventive platform include: Passing-and-Points(TM) which allows music fans to earn points that can be used toward future purchases by passing songs to friends via instant messenger or email, Freedom(TM) Security software that distinguishes between licensed and unlicensed files, Crowfly(TM) Live Music content made available through partnerships with concert promoters and artists, OnTour(TM), a service that utilizes its DiscoverMyMusic(TM) feature to notify users of concerts and events, and Web Services that aid partners in developing uniquely branded music stores.

About PassAlong Networks

PassAlong Networks is the industry-leading developer of technologies that provide music fans, artists and the industry with a mutually beneficial resolution to the evolving P2P landscape. Its innovative B2B2C software platform -- named p2pREVOLUTION -- is based on three core elements: community, convenience and empowerment. The p2pREVOLUTION platform can be branded and customized by clients to build community, promote products and services, and generate revenues. Founded in 2002, PassAlong Networks is based in Franklin, Tenn. For more information visit http://www.passalongnetworks.com/

About The Orchard

The Orchard is the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, representing thousands of labels spanning 72 countries and every music genre. The Orchard supplies its catalogue of more than 600,000 tracks to all of the leading legal digital music stores and services throughout the world. Headquartered in New York, The Orchard maintains operations in London, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv and Melbourne.

Source: PassAlong Networks

CONTACT: Alyssa Greiner of Connors Communications, +1-212-798-1420,
Agreiner@Connors.com; Andy Morris of Andy Morris & Company, +1-212-561-7465,
andy@amc-pr.com, both for PassAlong Networks

Web site: http://www.passalong.com/
http://pulse.ebay.com/




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