Playlist.com

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Playlist Media, Inc.
Logo for Playlist.com
TypePrivate
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Key peopleBobby Davidorf (CEO), Karen Katz (President)
Websitewww.playlist.com
Alexa ranknegative increase 88,622 (April 2014)[1]
Available inEnglish
Current statusactive
 
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Playlist Media, Inc.
Logo for Playlist.com
TypePrivate
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Key peopleBobby Davidorf (CEO), Karen Katz (President)
Websitewww.playlist.com
Alexa ranknegative increase 88,622 (April 2014)[1]
Available inEnglish
Current statusactive

Playlist.com is a commercial-free Internet radio service targeted to its 60 million previously registered users.[2] The free service offers over 30 million high fidelity tracks, 700 genre stations and no audio ads between songs.

The service, operated by Playlist Media, Inc. is available only in the United States. Playlist management has extensive experience building and monetizing an internet music service - across 60 million registered users, 1 billion listening hours, 80 million playlists and 100 billion ads.

History[edit]

Playlist was founded in February 2006 by Jeremy Riney for the purpose of putting more music on Myspace and other social networking sites. With the popularity of social networking sites and online blogs, playlist.com has experienced enormous growth. From a userbase of less than 500,000 in mid-2006, it grew to more than 20,000,000 users as of June 30, 2008 and 50,000,000 users by June 30, 2011. It was originally known as Project Playlist with the domain name of projectplaylist.com, before it acquired its current domain name of playlist.com and became known as Playlist.com. On February 1, 2013 Playlist Media, Inc. acquired playlist.com and on July 1, 2013, Playlist.com relaunched as a personalized radio service.

Applications[edit]

Playlist is a cloud-based, streaming internet radio service. Users can search any song, artist or genre and instantly get a station with that music. Users can then add additional songs or artists to refine their stations. Taste profiles are utilized to record user listening behavior and stations are modified based on analysis of the taste profiles.

Legal issues[edit]

Playlist experienced legal issues early in its history. Those issues have been resolved.

On April 28, 2008, the RIAA and a coalition of nine record labels filed a lawsuit against the company for contributing to mass copyright infringement.[3] However, two similar cases against MySpace and Imeem were largely the opening moves in settlements which would see these music sites licensing the content and compensating artists for the use of their music.[4] Project Playlist already has begun contracts with Sony BMG.

On December 19, 2008, MySpace quickly began removing the Project Playlist music player from all profiles and subsequently leaving the affected users a message in their inbox which notified them of the removal. This amounted to a temporary ban of Project Playlist, largely due to complaints brought forth by the artists, asserting that Project Playlist should be paying royalties.

Facebook also later banned Project Playlist from its site.[5]

On May 11, 2010, it was reported that Playlist reached a settlement with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group [6] for an undisclosed amount.

On February 1, 2013, the site playlist.com was acquired by a third party free of outstanding legal issues with the music recording and publishing industries.

See also[edit]

Lists of similar websites

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Playlist.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Ong, Josh (2013-09-05). "Playlist.com Turns Its User Playlists Into Custom Radio Stations". Thenextweb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  3. ^ Sandoval, Greg (2008-04-28). "RIAA files copyright suit against Project Playlist | News Blogs - CNET News". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Facebook silences Project Playlist widgets
  6. ^ Sandoval, Greg (2010-05-11). "Project Playlist puts legal troubles behind it | Media Maverick - CNET News". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 

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