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.
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The plan is to set up a Web site enabling users to preview and purchase CD-quality music via Liquid Audio software, while at the same time ensuring copyright protection and tracking royalties.
Liquid Audio, whose European operation is masterminded by Mediaspec in East Kilbride, has finally achieved music streaming quality that means you can download CD-quality sounds - to a recordable CD.
AAC already has been adopted overseas -- the technology is mandated for all of Japan's digital broadcast infrastructure -- and domestically, AAC has attracted the attention of online music distributors such as Liquid Audio, Universal Music Group and Bertelsmann's BMG.
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