Liquid Audio


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Liquid Audio

An earlier music distribution service from Liquid Digital Media, Redwood City, CA. Liquid Audio offered bands and record companies content hosting and a website distribution network to promote and sell their music. Founded in 1996 and closed in 2011, Liquid Audio supported the AAC, ATRAC3, MP3 and AC-3 music formats. The company was a founding member of the SDMI digital rights consortium; however, Liquid Audio also supported digital rights from Microsoft and IBM (see SDMI and DRM). Liquid Audio tracks, which included album art, liner notes and track titles, were played with Liquid Player, RealOne/RealPlayer and RealJukebox software.
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Late last month, Liquid Audio Japan said it would terminate its agreement with the California-based company to conduct operations on its own to become more responsive to local needs and as a result of high licensing fees.
Liquid Audio software has been localized in the Japanese language and will soon feature Chinese and Korean versions.
The Liquid Audio site has no toll-free phone number and no way to check a transaction's status.
a consulting company which is the major shareholder of Liquid Audio Japan with a stake of 40%, said it will sell all its shares in the future.
Masafumi Okanda, former president of Liquid Audio Japan, which is affiliated with Liquid Audio Inc.
In return Liquid Audio will distribute music provided by channelfly.
On January 24, 2003, Liquid Audio announced the sale of assets related to its digital media distribution technology and infrastructure business to Geneva Media, LLC, an affiliate of Anderson Merchandisers, LP, for $3.
Okanda became president and chief executive of Liquid Audio Japan in November 1999 and held the post until he resigned from the company on Sept.
Earlier in the day, police arrested former Liquid Audio Japan President Masafumi Okanda, 32, and the four others on suspicion they abducted on June 9 last year a 33-year-old executive of Liquid Audio Japan to prevent him from going to the U.
Microsoft Corp and Liquid Audio Inc have partnered to add support for Microsoft's Windows Media digital media platform to Liquid Audio's multiformat music distribution system and services.
However, Big Blue will face stiff competition from the MP3 standard which is a lready readily available and whose proponents - Liquid Audio, Diamond Multimedia, Iomega Corp - have recently working to add anti-piracy elements to the widely used compression software (CI No 3,540).
Liquid Audio Chief Executive Officer Raymond Doig stated, "Michael has been a valued employee during an extremely difficult period for the company, and we all wish him every success in his future endeavors.