New Service Introduces People-Powered Radio on the Net

(August 3, 2000) Echo Networks™, the first group music experience provider, has developed technology that enables its members to create “group stations” where members experience a simultaneous stream of mainstream music that directly reflects the group’s aggregated song ratings. Through a player that requires no downloading, Echo members rate music, chat with other members of their group stations, vote on songs playing, and invite others to listen. 

CEO Dan Hart, pictured here, holds up a flame for Echo Network's launch. 

“For the first time, our technology makes it possible to hang out and listen to music with your friends even when they’re not physically present,” said Dan Hart, Co-founder and CEO of Echo Networks, which recently outgrew its Silicon Valley digs and set-up shop in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA multi-media district. “Our unprecedented user growth during beta reflects the fact that we are the first to apply the web’s most viral, sticky and addictive community models to streaming music.” 

“Our engineering team overcame some big hurdles to develop this,” said Neil Berkman, Chief Architect and Co-founder of Echo Networks. “This application is very significant because it solves long-standing problems in the area of streaming media to enable truly synchronous listening in the context of dynamically changing groups of Internet users,” adds Berkman. 

About Echo 
Echo Networks, Inc., which introduced its beta service in June and launches this Fall, is rapidly building a passionate online music audience by enabling members to create “group stations” where listeners hear a simultaneous stream of mainstream music that directly reflects the group’s aggregated song ratings. Through a player that requires no downloading, Echo members rate music, chat with other members of their group stations, vote on the songs 

playing, and invite others to listen. Echo’s breakthrough Groupcast™ technology keeps the entire group listening in sync regardless of network conditions, processing speed and bandwidth. Echo’s Song Selection™ technology intelligently delivers music that is updated in realtime to reflect the group’s song ratings and also includes Echo editors’ picks and chart hits. Together, these proprietary patent pending technologies leverage the benefits of streaming music to give listeners the simplicity of radio, the emotional impact of group listening and a feeling of total ownership of the listening experience. 

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