Pandora Now Offers Gracenote Lyrics Service
Gracenote - 05/19/2009
Listeners of Pandora's Internet radio service can now view lyrics to songs they love while they play, thanks to an agreement between Gracenote and Pandora announced today. Now available through Pandora's site at www.pandora.com, Gracenote's lyrics service offers the largest catalog of accurate and authorized lyrics in the world, including new releases, and provides a new and exciting way for music fans to connect with their favorite songs.
Through the agreement, Pandora users will have access to lyrics for hundreds of thousands of tracks from more than 20,000 music publishing catalogs, including those from the four major publishers, as well from as dozens of prominent independent publishers, all via Gracenote's lyrics database.
Pandora Internet radio is personalized, free and easy to use. To start a station, listeners need only enter the name of an artist, song or classical composer, and within seconds Pandora creates a "station" that plays their music, and more music like it, based on the Music Genome Project. Up to 400 unique musical attributes are considered when Pandora selects the next song for a listener's playlist. Thumbs up and down allow listeners to further fine tune the station to reflect their tastes.
"Lyrics are the most-requested piece of music-related information, and they are integral to the music experience," said Ross Blanchard, Vice President of Business Development for Gracenote. "Now, through this agreement, Pandora users will have easy and direct access to the largest and highest quality database of authorized lyrics available in the industry."
"Pandora's listeners have repeatedly requested lyrics and we are thrilled to deliver them," said Jessica Steel, SVP of Business Development, Pandora. "Gracenote's breadth of lyric coverage and industry reputation makes them an excellent partner for this great feature."
Gracenote, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, is a global leader in embedded technology, enriched content, and data services for digital entertainment solutions within the Internet, consumer electronics, mobile, and automotive markets. Formerly known as CDDB®, Gracenote delivers a substantially improved consumer experience in digital media devices and applications, plus media monitoring and other data services to the recording industry, making it an integral part of the digital media economy. Gracenote powers leading services including Apple iTunes, Yahoo! Music Jukebox, Winamp; home and automotive products from Alpine, Panasonic, Philips and Sony; and mobile music applications from Samsung, Sony Ericsson, KDDI (Japan), KTF (Korea), Musiwave (Europe), and others. Gracenote is headquartered in Emeryville, California. www.gracenote.com/corporate.
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