HP Connected Music is a music platform launched by the technology company in association with Universal Music Group.

Capitalising on the 2012 release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS, HP computing devices – including laptops, tablets, PCs and Ultrabooks – were equipped with free trials of the service and access to exclusive music experiences. 

7digital France developed the HP Connected Music platform in 28 languages and provided custom technology to power the service and manage the customers’ seamless listening experience.

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Rumblefish and 7digital Provide Turn-key Solution for Music Distributors

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New York, NY and London, UK (Jan. 23, 2019) – Rumblefish, a division of The Harry Fox Agency and the nation’s leading provider of rights administration services, has expanded its relationship with 7digital, the global leader in B2B end-to-end digital music solutions, to collectively power and provide rights clearance and royalty administration services for innovative music distribution models including audio-visual uses, gaming, AR/VR, mobile apps and more. These services expand upon both companies’ long standing history of servicing clients with on-demand, audio-only streaming models.

With this expanded collaboration, Rumblefish will leverage its complete rights management solution, that spans from publisher license issuance to data management to royalty services, to expedite service launches and streamline administration for emerging music distribution models – both for major global brands and innovative startups – that are powered by 7digital’s content and technology.  This powerful combination of trusted companies provides a one-stop-shop to launch or expand a music service offering.

7digital is the global leader in B2B end-to-end digital music solutions. The company has worked with clients and partners around the world since 2004 to transform the listening experience, providing technical infrastructure and global music rights to create music streaming and radio services. 7digital has launched over 200 music services globally, for customers including consumer brands, mobile carriers, broadcasters, automotive systems, record labels and retailers.

“We’re delighted to be deepening our relationship with Rumblefish and the team at HFA to negotiate the complex world of music rights on our customers’ behalf”, said Stacey Mitsopulos, Director of Legal and Business Affairs, and Music Partnerships at 7digital. “This partnership will not only help music streaming services to launch and expand quicker, it will also enable innovative models in other sectors to use licensed music in their offerings and deliver value to the music industry”.

“7digital has been a Rumblefish client and HFA licensee since 2012, and we’re thrilled they have chosen to extend and expand our relationship,” said Michael Simon, President and CEO of The Harry Fox Agency. “Our collaboration will enable more companies to thrive in the music distribution space.”

In addition to digital service providers, Rumblefish supports all type of music distributors including video streaming, labels, gamers, AV/VR, mobile apps, background music, lyrics, tablature, karaoke, and more.

About Rumblefish:

Rumblefish, the rights administration division of The Harry Fox Agency (HFA), which is a subsidiary of SESAC Holdings, simplifies business for digital services, publishers, labels, artists and apps. The company’s transparent composition and recording administration, data and royalty management, licensing and network monetization allow clients to focus on their core business.  HFA issues the largest number of licenses for physical and digital formats of music in the U.S. and handles royalty payments to music publishers for over 100,000 catalogs. Rights Simplified. Royalties Amplified.

About 7digital:

7digital is the global leader in B2B end-to-end digital music solutions. The core of its business is the provision of robust and scalable technical infrastructure and extensive global music rights used to create music streaming and radio services for a diverse range of customers – including consumer brands, mobile carriers, broadcasters, automotive systems, record labels and retailers. 7digital also offers radio production and music curation services, editorial strategy and content management expertise.

7digital fosters industry growth and innovation by simplifying access to music for clients such as MediaMarktSaturn, Onkyo and musical.ly. From years of being the largest independent producer of programming for the BBC and powering services for partners like Panasonic, TDC and Fender, 7digital is perfectly positioned to lead innovation at the intersection of digital music and next-generation radio services.

For more information: http://about.7digital.com

On 16th August 2018, 7digital Group plc (AIM: 7DIG), the global leader in B2B digital music solutions, announced its preliminary results for the full year ended 31 December 2017.

Highlights include:

Read here for the full report and watch 7digital CEO Simon Cole discuss the results and market opportunities below:

Contracts announced with MediaMarktSaturn and 8tracks, plus exciting client launch updates

We are pleased to announce new contracts with MediaMarktSaturn (MMS), Europe’s biggest electronics and entertainment retailer, and 8tracks, a popular digital music service based in the US.

7digital is pleased to confirm that it has signed a further agreement with its largest individual shareholder and one of its biggest customers, MediaMarktSaturn, to cover the migration of the existing “Juke” music service in Germany onto the 7digital platform. The contract involves a significant setup fee for work done in 2017 and ongoing monthly recurring revenues.

In addition, the Company is pleased to announce it has signed a contract with 8tracks, a popular digital music service based in the US. 8tracks was founded in 2008 and focuses on music discovery through crowd-curated playlists. The deal has a one-year minimum term and is expected to contribute to 7digital’s revenues for 2018 and beyond.

Client Launches

Progress continues to be made with regards to publicly launching other client services. Technology leader Altair Engineering, Inc. launched its service WEYV in the U.S. on 5th December. WEYV is a platform for streaming audio and visual content, for which 7digital provides access to music and technology services.

French company Deedo SAS launched its pan-African music service in France, Senegal, Mali and Ivory Coast. Launches in a further 23 territories are planned by 2020, including 16 in Africa, 5 in Europe, the USA and Canada. 7digital provides technology, access to music and web app development for the Deedo service.

German broadcaster Klassik Radio has also launched its radio streaming service ‘Klassik Radio Select’, focusing on classical and associated genres. 7digital provides Klassik Radio with access to music under a deal announced in Q1 2016. Klassik Radio has significant support from the industry and has to date announced several long-term license agreements with music labels Universal, Sony and Naxos.

Simon Cole, CEO of 7digital, commented:

“The further development of our relationship with MediaMarktSaturn strengthens an already fruitful relationship with a key player in Europe’s electronics and entertainment retail market, and further underpins our 2018 revenues.”

[See the original press release by visiting http://about.7digital.com/investors and selecting ‘Latest RNS’ or click here]

7digital announces interim results for H1 2017

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Today (26th Sep 2017), we announced 7digital’s interim results for the half year ended 30th June 2017.

For the full announcement, visit our Investors page and click ‘Latest RNS’.

Highlights include:

Post Period End Highlights

Simon Cole, Chief Executive of 7digital, said:

“These results show clearly, after just one month, how transformational the acquisition of 24-7 and, with it, the relationship with MediaMarktSaturn will be for the Group. Our work to create a suite of new digital services for Europe’s biggest entertainment and electronics retailer has begun and will gain momentum in the second half and into 2018.

Our licensing revenues continue to see the results of the global growth in music streaming and, more particularly, the development of services in new markets and with new business models. In-flight entertainment, with our first client Global Eagle and today’s news of our new contract with Fender are just two examples.

We have always believed that the mature music streaming market will be about much more than “all you can eat”  services for a fixed subscription. 7digital’s business is in providing the tools and the platform on which our customers build the myriad of ways in which people will consume digital music in the future.

Our healthy first half performance has continued into the second half of the year, our pipeline is strong and the Board is confident in meeting full year expectations for 2017 and seeing the full benefits of consolidation realised in 2018 and beyond.”

Trading Update & Contract Wins

PRESS RELEASE

On 28th July 2017, we released a trading statement for the first half of 2017. 7digital performed well in H1: group revenue grew by 13% and the company was awarded contracts with a combined value of approximately £5m.

In addition, we announced recent contract wins with –

For full details, visit our Investors section and choose ‘Latest RNS’.

Stay tuned for further announcements!

7digital partners with SoundHound Inc.

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7digital Partners With SoundHound Inc. To Bring Voice-Enabled Experiences and Capabilities To Their Customers To Discover and Consume Music

SoundHound Inc.’s Houndify Platform Powers the Voice Technology in Digital Music Solutions

27th June 2017: 7digital, the global leader in B2B end-to-end digital music solutions, is pleased to announce a partnership with SoundHound Inc.®, the leading innovator in sound recognition and voice-enabled conversational intelligence technologies.

This partnership enhances 7digital’s capabilities to offer customers the latest AI-powered experiences to discover and consume music. SoundHound Inc.’s Houndify™ provides all the technology ingredients to make voice AI possible, including very fast speech recognition, sophisticated natural language understanding, and easy to use developer tools. Together, 7digital and SoundHound Inc. will develop digital music solutions for customers around the world.

“Having worked with SoundHound for a number of years, we are excited to be deepening this relationship to the benefit of our mutual customers, present and future,” says Pete Downton, Deputy CEO of 7digital. “Voice and AI are set to be the catalysts for re-imagining music streaming in the home and car, where there is huge potential for growth over the next few years.”

Houndify provides unparalleled speed-to-market and the ability to scale, and includes an ever-expanding set of domains, which are programs that provide users with relevant information or actions related to their queries. The platform also provides access to knowledge and data from partners including Uber, Yelp, Expedia and more. Houndify is already featured in SoundHound Inc.’s mobile apps, Hound, the voice search & assistant app, and SoundHound, the music search, discovery and play app, making them hands-free and voice interface enabled.

Developers interested in exploring the Houndify platform can visit Houndify.com to learn more and register. The Hound voice search and assistant app is available as a free iOS or Android app, and can be downloaded via SoundHound.com/Hound.

About 7digital:

7digital fosters industry growth and innovation by simplifying access to music for clients such as Onkyo, Global Radio and musical.ly. From years of being the largest independent producer of programming for the BBC, launching Radioplayer in multiple territories, and powering services for partners like HMV, Electric Jukebox and Panasonic, 7digital is perfectly positioned to lead innovation at the intersection of digital music and next-generation radio services.7digital is the global leader in B2B end-to-end digital music solutions. The core of its business is the provision of robust and scalable technical infrastructure and extensive global music rights used to create music streaming and radio services for a diverse range of customers – including consumer brands, mobile carriers, broadcasters, automotive systems, record labels and retailers. 7digital also offers radio production and music curation services, editorial strategy and content management expertise.

About SoundHound Inc.:

SoundHound Inc. turns sound into understanding and actionable meaning. We believe in enabling humans to interact with the things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking naturally to mobile phones, cars, TVs, music speakers, and every other part of the emerging ‘connected’ world. Our consumer product, Hound, leverages our Speech-to-Meaning technology to showcase a groundbreaking smartphone experience, and is the first product to leverage and showcase the Houndify platform. Our SoundHound product applies our technology to music, enabling people to discover, explore, and share the music around them, and even find the name of that song stuck in their heads by singing or humming. Through the Houndify platform, we empower developers to be part of the Speech-to-Meaning revolution. Our Mission: Houndify everything.

7digital acquires European competitor 24-7 & welcomes MediaMarktSaturn as shareholder and customer

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Announced 20th June 2017. For more detailed information, please visit http://about.7digital.com/investors, click ‘Latest RNS’ and select article “Acquisition and Major New Contracts”.

MediaMarktSaturn hands over the activities of its B2B music subsidiary 24-7 to 7digitalIn return, MediaMarktSaturn will become the biggest individual shareholder of the company, and at the same time an important customer of 7digital and thus is strengthening its digital music business in the field of streaming. As a result, 7digital will in future supply MediaMarktSaturn’s entertainment digital music service Juke! Together with 7digital, MediaMarktSaturn plans to offer additional marketing models for streaming. 7digital is the market leader in B2B digital music services, offering both the technical infrastructure and the global music rights necessary to operate music streaming and radio services.

Wolfgang Kirsch, COO MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group and CEO MediaMarktSaturn Deutschland, declared: “As a leading music retailer in Europe, music streaming will become an increasingly important business for us. As well as offering the 6 million visitors of our stores and online shops an alternative to physical releases, we can also offer added value to the playback devices we sell and attract new customers. Being a shareholder and customer of 7digital will enable us to jointly strengthen our existing offerings and develop new marketing models together.”

Simon Cole, CEO of 7digital, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome MediaMarktSaturn on board as both shareholder and customer. As a result, we will make our services available to more music fans and jointly develop additional marketing concepts. Furthermore, 24-7’s technology will make an outstanding addition to our services.”

MediaMarktSaturn’s streaming service Juke! makes digital music available to subscribers via devices such as iPhones and Android smartphones as well as smart TVs and music systems. Juke! was recently declared the best provider in its field by German consumer association Stiftung Warentest. Apart from music, customers can also use Juke! to access films, books and computer games.

24-7 has other significant customers, including Danish telecom operator TDC; 7digital will take over the running of these client services.

About MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group

MediaMarktSaturn is Europe’s leading commerce company for consumer electronics and related services. It sees itself as a partner, daily companion and navigator for consumers in an increasingly digitized world. MediaMarktSaturn and its portfolio of formats and brands flexibly respond to the needs of different customer groups and countries. Apart from fronting the Media Markt and Saturn brands, which comprehensively network their more than 1,000 fixed-location stores with online sales platforms, the MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group operates online pure players such as redcoon and iBood as well as the digital entertainment platform JUKE. Moreover, its portfolio includes its own brands PEAQ, KOENIC, ISY and ok. A subsidiary of METRO AG, in 2015/16 MediaMarktSaturn and its approximately 65,000 employees in 15 countries generated total sales of about €22 billion. The MediaMarkt Saturn Retail Group belongs by a majority to METRO GROUP, which is currently demerging.

METRO GROUP plans to split up the retail group and form two independent companies that are specialized in their respective market segments. Former METRO AG will continue operate under the name of CECONOMY AG. CECONOMY AG (currently: METRO AG) will be the leading platform for companies, concepts and brands in consumer electronics in Europe. CECONOMY’s market position is based in particular on the strong brands Media Markt and Saturn. With more than 2 billion contacts per year, CECONOMY aims to give consumers a sense of orientation and offer them solutions for making the most of the opportunities innovative technologies offer. To this end, CECONOMY will seek to develop new concepts and business models that provide decisive added value for consumers and open up new economic potential for the success of the company and its shareholders. METRO GROUP expects the completion of the demerger by mid-year 2017.

www.mediamarktsaturn.com

www.ceconomy.de

About 7digital

7digital is the global leader in B2B end-to-end digital music solutions. The core of its business is the provision of robust and scalable technical infrastructure and extensive global music rights used to create music streaming and radio services for a diverse range of customers – including consumer brands, mobile carriers, broadcasters, automotive systems, record labels and retailers. 7digital also offers radio production and music curation services, editorial strategy and content management expertise.

7digital fosters industry growth and innovation by simplifying access to music for clients such as Onkyo, Global Radio and musical.ly. From years of being the largest independent producer of programming for the BBC, launching Radioplayer in multiple territories, and powering services for partners like HMV, Electric Jukebox and Panasonic, 7digital is perfectly positioned to lead innovation at the intersection of digital music and next-generation radio services.

http://about.7digital.com/

About JUKE

JUKE is the product of JUKE Entertainment GmbH, a subsidiary of MediaMarktSaturn Germany. Over 46 million songs, more than 22,400 movies and TV series, 1.5 million e-books, 4,200 PC games and software applications can be rented, purchased and consumed in digital form via JUKE. JUKE music streaming service was rated as the best one in Germany by Stiftung Warentest (issue 9/2016). JUKE users can also obtain support at the more than 400 MediaMarkt and Saturn stores throughout Germany.

You will find more information about JUKE at www.juke-newsroom.com and at Twitter under @JUKE_Presse.

Enquiries

press@7digital.com

Exciting news from 7digital…

PARTNERSHIPS

10th March 2017 was a busy news day for 7digital:

Firstly, we released our preliminary financial results for the full year of 2016.  

We also announced that we are negotiating with MediaMarktSaturn to acquire 24-7 Entertainment, a digital music provider based in Copenhagen and Berlin.

Finally, we announced a placing and open offer to raise up to £3m from new and existing shareholders. 

For full details, visit our Investors section and choose ‘Latest RNS’.

Radioplayer to launch in Peru

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RADIOPLAYER TO LAUNCH IN PERU

Radioplayer Worldwide (RPW), a consortium created to represent Radioplayer internationally, has signed a licensing agreement in South America, Peru, to roll out the technology there.

The deal, with GrupoRPP, will introduce the Radioplayer platform to Peru, with 20 radio stations including Studio92, Radio Oxigeno, Radio Carazon and RPP News initially signed up. Peru Radioplayer will launch in the first three months of 2017, with a view to rolling out the technology more widely across commercial and state radio in Peru, once established. 

As part of the deal, the Radioplayer Peru app will also be made available around the world, to help the huge number of Peruvian expatriates listen to their favourite stations from back home. 

The deal represents the latest expansion of Radioplayer Worldwide, which recently signed its first licencing deal outside Europe, with the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. There are already licensing agreements in place in Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway, and Belgium. Radioplayer Worldwide is a partnership between UK Radioplayer, 7digital (a B2B digital music and radio services company), All In Media (who build the Radioplayer apps), and the countries which have rolled out Radioplayer.

The Radioplayer model was first developed by the BBC and commercial radio in the UK. Unlike other radio aggregation platforms, each Radioplayer system is specific to the country in which it is launched, and operated by the stations it serves. There are shared technical standards for the browser Radioplayers, the radio-discovery apps, and the back-end systems which power them – but broadcasters retain control over their own branding, streaming, and commercial deals.

Hector Guerra García General Manager of GrupoRPP said: 

“For GrupoRPP this partnership represents a step forward for radio broadcasting.  New times require us to develop another dimension to radio, with streaming offering a great opportunity to distribute radio content to a wider audience. The smartphone is the new radio, allowing us to explore new models of consumption – radio is no longer linear in terms of time – you can now consume what, when and where you want.

“Peru is a country in constant development, with significant growth in the continent and GrupoRPP wants to be the engine of the radio revolution, inviting the rest of the radio sector in Peru to join this initiative to ensure the future health of the radio. Radioplayer is our great ally in this strategy.”

Michael Hill from Radioplayer said:

We’re very proud that Peru has chosen Radioplayer. They have decided to start with a relatively small set of stations and build from there. Our platform is technically flexible enough to accommodate that, and our licensing model can adjust too. Following our recent announcement about Canada, this demonstrates real momentum for Radioplayer Worldwide.”

About Radioplayer Worldwide

Radioplayer Worldwide is a partnership between UK Radioplayer, 7digital, and the countries which have rolled out the Radioplayer model. It was created to explore opportunities for international technological collaboration across radio. For more see www.radioplayerworldwide.com or follow @rpworldwide on Twitter.

About UK Radioplayer

Radioplayer launched in 2011, in a ground-breaking partnership between the BBC and commercial radio. It now has around 500 UK radio stations – including all BBC national and local services, all major commercial stations, and a selection of community and student radio.  Radioplayer is available on desktop, mobile, tablet, and in-car, and now has over six million users.  For more see www.radioplayer.co.uk or follow @ukradioplayer on Twitter.

About 7digital

7digital is a B2B digital music and radio services company, providing technical infrastructure and extensive global music rights to create music streaming and radio services for a diverse range of customers. It also offers radio production, music curation services, editorial strategy and content management expertise. 7digital is licensed to trade under the name Radioplayer Worldwide in an exclusive partnership with UK Radioplayer Limited. For more see http://about.7digital.com or follow @7digital on Twitter.

About GrupoRPP

GrupoRPP is a leader media group in Peru, which make and distribute content for many platforms (Radio, TV and Digital), mainly radio. RPP Noticias, their main radio brand, is the leading radio station in the country, with a clear commitment to its audiences, partners, advertisers and shareholders. Also, it is committed to integrate Peru and search for a better quality of life, through entertainment and information.  http://www.gruporpp.com.pe

Radioplayer to launch in Canada

PRESS RELEASE

RADIOPLAYER TO LAUNCH IN CANADA

Radioplayer Worldwide (RPW), a consortium created to represent Radioplayer internationally, has signed its first licensing agreement outside Europe with a coalition of Canadian broadcasters.

The deal, which was co-ordinated by the newly-formed Canadian Association of Broadcasters, will see at least fourteen companies signed up to the Radioplayer Canada coalition, representing the majority of Canadian radio stations.

The group will roll out the Radioplayer browser-player, iOS app, and Android app – including integrations with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Chromecast, and smartwatches. These are all powered by the Radioplayer metadata platform, featuring the world’s best search and recommendation engine for radio.

The deal represents the latest expansion of Radioplayer Worldwide, which already has licensing agreements in place in Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway, and Belgium. Radioplayer Worldwide is a partnership between UK Radioplayer, 7digital (a B2B digital music and radio services company), All In Media (who build the Radioplayer apps), and the countries which have rolled out Radioplayer.

The Radioplayer model was first developed by the BBC and commercial radio in the UK. Unlike other radio aggregation platforms, each Radioplayer system is specific to the country in which it is launched, and operated by the stations it serves. There are shared technical standards for the browser Radioplayers, the radio-discovery apps, and the back-end systems which power them – but broadcasters retain control over their own branding, streaming, and commercial deals. It’s this flexibility that appeals to the Canadian radio operators.

Julie Adam, Senior Vice President, Rogers Radio, one of the largest Canadian radio groups, said:

“Radioplayer is the right technology for Canada because it delivers the advantages of a unified platform for radio, without restricting the listener’s flexibility. Here in Canada, we have two official languages, a vast geographical area, and a deep sense of Canadian pride – and Radioplayer understands that. Through Radioplayer, radio groups can collaborate on technology where appropriate, but continue to compete on content.”

Michael Hill from Radioplayer said:

This is a very proud moment for Radioplayer and it will further strengthen the international ties between radio broadcasters. Radio’s in great shape – but we know we face challenges and opportunities in cars, smartphones, and among younger audiences. Joining the ever-growing Radioplayer family is a great way for broadcasters and countries to address these together.”

About Radioplayer Worldwide

Radioplayer Worldwide is a partnership between UK Radioplayer, 7digital, and the countries which have rolled out the Radioplayer model. It was created to explore opportunities for international technological collaboration across radio. For more see www.radioplayerworldwide.com or follow @rpworldwide on Twitter.

About UK Radioplayer

Radioplayer launched in 2011, in a ground-breaking partnership between the BBC and commercial radio. It now has around 500 UK radio stations – including all BBC national and local services, all major commercial stations, and a selection of community and student radio.  Radioplayer is available on desktop, mobile, tablet, and in-car, and now has over six million users.  For more see www.radioplayer.co.uk or follow @ukradioplayer on Twitter.

About 7digital

7digital is a B2B digital music and radio services company, providing technical infrastructure and extensive global music rights to create music streaming and radio services for a diverse range of customers. It also offers radio production, music curation services, editorial strategy and content management expertise. 7digital is licensed to trade under the name Radioplayer Worldwide in an exclusive partnership with UK Radioplayer Limited. For more see http://about.7digital.com or follow @7digital on Twitter.