Tiscali Partners with Mercora to Launch Tiscali Free JukeBox

Tiscali users get a customized version of Mercora’s award winning music service enabling them to join the largest user-contributed music network in the world

Cagliari, Italy & Santa Clara, CA 4/27/2006 12:19 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Tiscali S.p.A and Mercora Inc. today announced an agreement whereby Tiscali will launch a beta version of Tiscali Free JukeBox that brings Mercora's innovative music sharing capability to Tiscali users. As a result, Tiscali users get the ability to search, find, and listen to any music broadcasting on the world's largest user-contributed radio network. Users can also broadcast their own collection of music to others on the network, as well as browse and listen to their friends' music collections. Users can download Tiscali Free JukeBox client from their respective site in Italy http://jukebox.tiscali.it, and UK http://jukebox.tiscali.co.uk.

Mario Mariani , senior vice president, Media and VAS, Tiscali, comments: "With this new service, Tiscali Free JukeBox, we have renewed our efforts to provide European Internet users with access to an innovative, legal online music service. This venture with Mercora will bring us one step forward in legitimizing the Internet as an immense resource at the service of the music industry."

Tiscali Free JukeBox

Tiscali Free JukeBox provides Tiscali users with a customized music experience with the following unique capabilities:

  • Localized user experience, including translated user interface and conformance with individual territory copyright laws
  • Access to the world's largest user-contributed music catalog with the ability to search, find, and listen to any music from others on this network
  • Ability to browse and listen to music residing on your friends' music library
  • An immersive social networking experience revolving around music
  • Single sign-on experience for Tiscali users using their current Tiscali identity

An Immersive Music Experience

Mercora's user-contributed network, where individuals legally webcast their own collections of music in CD quality sound to others on the network, has grown into the largest catalog of music on the Internet with over 3 million unique tracks and over 100,000 channels of music available at any time. The average Mercora user login session is over three hours and twenty minutes and the average time spent listening to music using Mercora is 43 minutes per day.

"We are extremely happy to partner with Tiscali to provide Tiscali Free JukeBox," said Srivats Sampath, president and CEO of Mercora. "We've seen that the musical experience on Mercora is a global phenomenon that is immersive, contagious and social."

Pricing and Availability
Tiscali Free JukeBox is currently available in beta version for Tiscali's Italian and UK users. The product is provided free of charge to consumers.

About Mercora, Inc.
Mercora's mission is to catalog and organize the world's music and audio content and make it universally searchable and legally listenable for everyone. The company has completely redefined radio by creating the world's largest user-contributed digital music network. Mercora (www.mercora.com) is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.

About Tiscali S.p.A
Tiscali S.p.A. (Borsa Italiana, Milan: TIS) is one of the main independent European telecommunication companies. With one of the largest and most interconnected IP networks in the world, Tiscali is able to supply its customers, residential and business, with a full range of services: Internet access, both dial-up and ADSL, voice, VoIP, media, value added services (VAS), and other technologically advanced products. As of 31 December 2005, Tiscali had 4.7 million active users in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the Czech Republic. More than 1.7 million were ADSL customers, of which more than 360.000 received unbundled services.




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