Bay Area Net Music Company Directory

Note: This list from the early-2000s is completely out of date. It remains here for historical reference only. See archive.org for earlier versions.

It's already a cliche to say that music downloading and streaming is revolutionary. This week it's fascinating like fireworks, last week it was fascinating like a trainwreck. Here's a list of "who's who," followed by "who's gone". This only covers the Bay Area.

If you're looking for a job, check out jobs boards at Yahoo and my employment links. Also check out the Silent Way Directory: Audio Streaming Development section and my guide to the best streams at TastyCast.com. If you get a job from all the info I've listed here, please let me know - I want to hear about your gig and make a new contact.

For a bit more history, check out good side-by-side comparisons of the various online music services as of and 2003 and now. See the bottom of this page for a recap of the (pre-iTunes) Pressplay vs MusicNet era.

Company

(jobs page)
Location Who Owns It? What they do... Notes, News

Adobe/Macromedia

(jobs)

345 Park Avenue

San Jose, CA 95110-2704

408.536.6000

 

Flash, Dreamweaver, Premiere, dozens more.

Also has an office in San Francisco. Macromedia was bought by Adobe in 2005.

AOL

(jobs)

333 Bush St

San Francisco CA 94104

415.844.9000

44 Montgomery St., 19th Fl.

San Francisco, CA 94104

AOL

aka

AOL/TimeWarner

AOL has a bunch of music sites, and their net radio has its roots in Radio@Netscape, formerly Spinner.com. More than 150 streaming stations. Owns WinAmp, also see Shoutcast.

8/2002 AOL scraps the Spinner brand name and rolls it into Netscape.

6/99 AOL aquired Spinner.

Main HQ in VA, with an office in SF. Also owns Nullsoft, which made Winamp and Gnutella.

Apple

(jobs)

1 Infinite Loop

Cupertino, CA 95014

408.996.1010

 

On 4/28/03 Apple announced the iTunes Music Store and the rest is history.

Avid (Digidesign)

(jobs)

Avid

2001 Junipero Serra Boulevard

Daly City, CA 94014-3886

650.731.6300

 

Avid's Pro Tools is the leader in Digital Audio Workstations. Digidesign was purchased by Avid, and the rebranding was completed in 2010. I dare you to find a major recording studio that doesn't have Pro Tools. While not primarily a "net" music company, Digi is a big player in the music industry.

 

Audio Engineering Society

(jobs)

   

Professional organization for audio engineers.

Has a Jobs Listing which is available to members, associate members and student members. A limited number of jobs that have been listed in their journal are listed for free on the web.

Beatnik

(jobs)

2600 S. El Camino Real

San Mateo, CA 94403

650.295.2300

 

Plug-in for music-active webpages, "enhanced audio solutions and content for digital devices, games and the web."

Thomas Dolby is a principle.

CNet

(jobs)
CNET Networks, Inc.

235 Second Street

San Francisco, CA 94105
CBS Interactive Their music.download.com was the new face of mp3.com. They are now a part of CBS Interactive's collection of popular online entities.  
Clear Channel Communications

(jobs)
Clear Channel Communications, Inc.

200 East Basse Road

San Antonio, Texas 78209

210 822 2828
  Owns many stations and divisions: "approximately 1,170 U.S. radio stations in 47 of top 50 markets. Approximately 240 radio stations outside the U.S.," 19 television stations. (Stats out of date.)

Has many subsidiaries... Radio: Clear Channel Radio. Entertainment: SFX. Television: Clear Channel Television. Interactive: Clear Channel Interactive. Outdoor: Eller Media Company. Also: Premiere Radio Networks, The Adshel Centre, and Katz Media Group. ...give or take a few.

Clear Channel is listed here because most radio stations also have a stream. Plus they are huge and a serious force.
Dolby Laboratories

(jobs)
Multiple offices in San Francisco, Brisbane, Los Angeles, New York, U.K., China, Japan and Hong Kong. Privately held until it went public in early 2005. Develops and licences audio signal processing systems. Also manufactures equipment for film, broadcasting, and music recording industries.  

ECast

(jobs)

ECast, Inc.

49 Geary Street, Mezzanine

San Francisco, CA 94108

877.451.1537

415.277.3500

St. Paul Venture Capital, Oak Investment Partners, DCM, El Dorado Ventures.

Net-connected jukeboxes for bars, restaurants etc. "Ecast provides the first universal platform for delivery and management of broadband content to out-of-home distribution channels."

10/16/02: Merged with Rioport.

10/16/02: Received $14M in another round of funding co-led by Oak Investment Partners & DCM.

9/28/01: Got $12.4 million in funding led by St. Paul VC.

Office in San Diego too.

GarageBand.com

(jobs)

San Francisco

415.581.2700

 

A+R department of the net, running contests, $250,000 recording contract "prize."

Jerry Harrison is a principle.

Gracenote

(jobs)

2000 Powell Street, Suite 1380

Emeryville, CA 94608

510.547.9680

Escient

Gracenote owns the CDDB, a massive database of album song titles. CDDB-equipped players can look up the titles online for a CD in your drive. CDDB is populated by user submissions and record companies have special access.

Look for this company to be pulled further into the digital distribution space, as a means of identifying music.

Formerly CDDB.

IODA

(jobs)
Independent Online Distribution Alliance

250 4th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

415.777.4632
  Aggregator of music files and metadata on behalf of independent labels, publishers, musicians and songwriters for delivery to the major online music outlets. For these indies, they provide one-stop-shopping delivery to all the outlets in their required format, negotiate contracts and manage payments for a cut. This new role is equivalent to what distributors do in the physical world, getting CDs into retail stores.
IRIS Distribution 1195 Tennesee Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

415.995.2355
  Independent Recording Industry Services acts as a liaison between independent labels and digital music retailers, by providing legal, technical and marketing assistance as well as collective bargaining power for the labels.  
Infinity Broadcasting

(jobs)
Infinity Broadcasting

40 West 57th Street, 14th Fl.

New York, NY 10019

212.314.9200



Infinity Radio

10220 River Road

Potomac, MD 20854-4916

301.983.5400
  Infinity owns "approximately 180 radio stations located in 22 states in the nation's largest markets." The jobs page shows all the jobs in the west, listed by city and station.

IUMA

1991 Broadway St. 2nd Floor

Redwood City, CA 94063

800.850.IUMA

EMusic Network, Dimensional Associates LLC

Internet Underground Music Archive was the orginal upload site for self-released music.

3/2006: Site dead?

Emusic aquired by CNET?

Aquired by EMusic 5/99

JamBase.com

(jobs)

JamBase

1 Zoe St.

San Francisco, CA 94107

415.543.7000
  Covers live concert listings across the country. Their origin is with "jam band" coverage, but JamBase's focus has expanded to cover venues instead of just bands, so more types of music are included. They also now sell tickets.  
Launch / Yahoo

(jobs)
701 First Avenue

Sunnyvale CA 94089
  Yahoo's music portal. Also see platinum.yahoo.com: "Yahoo!'s premier streaming video and audio content is now available through two premium packages -- SBC Yahoo! DSL and the new Yahoo! Plus." Their music operations are managed out of LA.

Liquid Digital Media

(jobs)

Liquid Digital Media

999 Main St.

Redwood City, CA 94063

650.549.2000

Anderson Media.

Pre IPO investors included Intel, MediaOne, Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures, Metromedia and Hummer Winblad.

Liquid has always been about secure music delivery, which hurt them at first but is now paying off. Liquid Audio was one of the first feasible secure formats back in 1996. Now, they use Windows Media.

12/2003: Runs WalMart.com's online music store.

late 2003: Liquid Audio renamed Liquid Digital Media.

1/2003: acquired by wholesaler Anderson Media, the music distributor for Wal-Mart.

Fall 2001: received offer to be bought by Steel Partners.

Summer 2001: Laid off 40% of staff.

Listen.com

(jobs)

2012 16th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

415.934.2000

RealNetworks

Was privately held before beign bought by RealNetworks, early funding from the big 5 record companies.

Rhapsody paid music service/player.

Formerly, Listen searched the Web for legal MP3 files and reviewed them. Pointed to "more than 200,000 artists in 500 genres and links to their work on more than 1,200 Web sites."

The big five major record labels are partners, so Listen is a major player. Yet with all their savvy and clout, they still doesn't support Macs.

4/2003: Announced acquisition by RealNetworks

12/01: Released Rhapsody digital music service, soon after added catalogs from Sony, Warner Music Group, Sub Pop, EMI, BMG, dozens more...

Aquired Tuneto.com.

Aquired wiredplanet.com 9/00.

Live365.com

(jobs)

Live365.com

c/o Nanocosm, Inc.

1291 E. Hillsdale Blvd.

Suite 210

Foster City, CA 94404

650.345.7400

Nanocosm, Inc.

(dba live365.com)

Hosts personal Internet radio stations + features a directory of playlists and the software necessary for anyone to build their own online radio station. Create your own Internet radio station and listen to thousands of other users' stations.

Provides bandwidth for tens of thousands of stations, which is an expensive proposition, but has the ability to aggregate advertising demographics across such a wide base of streams that it may survive the shakeout. If only the advertisers would think outside the box!

7/2/01: lost funding, laid off 22 of 80 employees, 58 remain.

2001: $1000 signing bonus for referrer and for new employee.

Lucasfilm

(jobs or jobs or jobs)

 

George Lucas

Skywalker Sound is the audio production division of Lucasfilm. Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) is the digital and visual effects division. LucasArts is the video game division. Not technically a "net" musoic cpmpany, but a major player.

Opening a the new Letterman Digital Arts center in San Francisco's Presidio in 2005.

Lycos Music

(jobs)

500 Third Street, Suite 310

San Francisco, CA 94107

415.276.8400

Terra Lycos /

Lycos Network

Music portal.

Headquartered in Waltham MA, with offices in SF, Mountain View, LA, Pittsburgh PA, Miami, NY and Chicago.

Part of the Lycos Network: Lycos.com, Tripod, WhoWhere, Angelfire, MailCity, HotBot, HotWired, Wired News, Webmonkey, Suck.com, Animation Express, Sonique, Quote.com, Gamesville, and Lycos Zone.

6/2002: Announced partnership with Listen.com to offer Rhapsody.

7/3/01 Parent company Terra Lycos lays off most of the Sonique staff, but plans to continue using the software and name.

8/99: Lycos bought Sonique from Internet Music Distribution (formerly Mediascience).

MP3.com

(jobs)

CNET Networks, Inc.

235 Second Street

San Francisco, CA 94105
CNet Reborn in 2004 as music.download.com, based out of San Francisco. Formerly based in San Diego. See also CNet. Late 2003: Shut down completely, bought by CNet.

Bought by Vivendi Universal 5/2001.

Mondo Media

(jobs)

135 Mississippi St., 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94107

415.865.2700

 

Mondo MiniShows- Syndicated animated shorts.

 

Moodlogic.com

(jobs)

MoodLogic, Inc.

350 Brannan St., 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94107-1305

415.284.1601
  With the MoodLogic Music Browser, choose the parameters that describe the kind of music you're in the mood for (mellow/aggressive, vocal/instrumental, fast/slow etc), and you'll be given choices to listen to. Repositioning itself as a music network technology provider. Owns Jaboom.com, a music rating service.

MusicMatch

(jobs)

Yahoo! Inc.

701 First Avenue

Sunnyvale, California 94089
Yahoo!   Acquired by Yahoo! in October 2004. HQ is in San Diego, but Yahoo HQ is in Sunnyvale (Bay Area). Yahoo's music operations are managed out of LA.

Sonic Solutions / Roxio

(jobs / jobs)

Roxio, Inc., a division of Sonic Solutions

Attn: Human Resources

455 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95050

408.367.3100

Sonic Solutions

101 Rowland Way

Novato, CA 94945

415.893.8000

Sonic was well known in recording studios for audio mastering hardware and software. They later moved into DVD authoring. Through aquisitions, they have now diversified into more related fields.

Sonic aquired Roxio in 2004. More history.

Pandora

(jobs)

Savage Beast Technologies, Inc

360 22nd Street, Suite 390

Oakland CA 94612

510.451.4100
  (Formerly Savage Beast) "The Music Genome Project is a comprehensive song database designed to be the most powerful taxonomy of music ever created. Savage Beast musicologists break down each musical selection into several hundred musical characteristics, or 'genes,' that together compose the musical DNA of the piece. ...Music Hunter... identifies and recommends music to consumers by drawing on information contained in the Music Genome Project database." Summer 2005: Changes name from Savage Beast Technologies to Pandora.

2/26/03: AOL picks Savage Beast

WinAmp / Shoutcast

(jobs)

 

AOL

aka

AOL/TimeWarner

SHOUTcast is Nullsoft's Free Winamp-based distributed streaming audio system for do-it-yourself Internet radio stations. Nullsoft's Winamp is the music player for Windows 95/98/NT.

Despite many dire predictions, Winamp is still being updated as of 3/2006.

Winamp and SHOUTcast were acquired by AOL 5/1999, and merged with Spinner.com. All three brands are part of AOL's Interactive Properties Group.

Original team put Gnutella, founder Justin Frankel's serverless version of Napster, up for download one day before AOL pulled the plug.

YouTube.com

(jobs)
San Mateo Sequoia Capital Video sharing site.  



Those That Have Passed On to the Great Celestial Jukebox in the Sky, moved away, or are just sleeping...

Company Former location Who got stuck with it? What they used to do... Notes, News, when they folded

Activate.net

1130 Rainier Ave South

Seattle, WA 98144

206.830.5300

CMGI

 

5/2004: Now part of Loudeye.com.

Headquarters in Seattle with office in New York and Toronto. might have SF office (corporate webcasts?) 

AltaVista Radio

AltaVista Company

1070 Arastradero Road

Palo Alto, CA 94304

650.320.7700

CMGI

More of a search engine with a streaming station than an "audio company."

5/2004: This seems to have disappeared.

offices in San Mateo, Irvine CA, Chicago IL, New York NY 

Angry Coffee

Angry Coffee

1277 Mission St.

San Francisco, CA 94103

415.558.7795

Greenrocket

Cool resources, tutorials for encoding streaming audio. Checkout the listserv email lists for the scoop on web music development. No mention of jobs, though.

5/2004 The site has grown stale- syndicated content is the only new thing in years. Might be in stasis.

ArtistDirect

10900 Wilshire Blvd

Suite 1400

Los Angeles, CA 90024

ArtistDirect Network

Formerly DownloadsDirect, Web's largest secure download site, with licensed tracks. Might no longer have a Bay Area presence. No downloads for Macs.

Doesn't seem to have an SF office anymore.

LA-based parent company owns ubl.com, iMusic, and DOWNLOADSdirect. Aquired Mjuice.com?

ArtistOne.com

461 2nd Street, Suite 133

San Francisco, CA 94109 415.222.9610

 

Multiformat music provider includes custom compact discs. Clearinghouse for artist sites + downloads -Radiohead, Tori Amos, Lou Reed. Licenced by BMI and ASCAP. "integrates 'real-world' and 'online' business models to enable recording artists and recording labels to produce, market, distribute and promote music"

5/2004: URL gone

Audio Alley Brian Webster

brian@brianwebster.com

415.243.8900

PR questions:

Jillian Steinberger

415.547.7766

  Audio Alley is a trademark of Marino Inc. It is a small team which produces local industry events and mixers for Bay Area net-music companies, artists and sponsors. Sign up on the list at the site. The Audio Alley production group consists of Marino Inc. and Brian Webster and Associates.

2003: Started events again... a good sign! But only one in 03 and none in 04.

2001: They shelved events during the dot-bomb fallout.

AudioBase

AudioBase, Inc.

440 Coloma

Sausalito, CA 94965

415.332.8863

 

Audio add-on for commercial websites. Java-based, turnkey clips that they host so the client's site doesn't need streaming.

5/2004: domain dead

Big layoffs 1/01 and 6/01. Offices in Sausalito and New York.

AudioBasket

AudioBasket.com

2325 3rd Street

Suite 331

San Francisco, CA 94107

415.865.9000

eMotion.com

AudioBasket was a turnkey application for Websites that provides users with personalized audio news and information that can be listened to from a computer, PDA, MP3 player or wireless phone.

5/2004: domain dead

Absorbed by eMotion 10/2001. eMotion is HQ in SF, also office in VA.

Audio Feast 82 Pioneer Way

Suite 101

Mountain View, CA 94041
  "the first portable internet radio service for MP3 players." Tivo for net radio?  7/2005: Closed.
 AudioMill Audio Mill, Inc.

207 McPherson St., Suite F

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

831.426.7595
Chance Technologies BitBop interactive net radio tuner. 5/2004: website empty

AudioSoft

1960 Bryant St

San Francisco, CA

 

Tracks digital copyrights on the Web. Signed to report to ASCAP.

5/2004: US .com site dead, UK site still active. Presumedly the same company.

2000: HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, sales offices in London and Munich.

BetaLounge

c/o Network Syndicate

1072 Illinois St.

San Francisco, CA 94107

  

  

Small company. no job info on site. They are still active, but not hiring.

CDNow.com (sales office only)

175 Bluxome

Suite 230

San Francisco, CA 94107

Bertelsmann Music retailer. One of the first online CD stores. "CDNOW is part of Bertelsmann eCommerce Group (BeCG)." Swallowed by Amazon.com.

Sales office in SF, main office in PA. BUT, reportedly laid off entire sales force 1/31/01.

CommunityMusician 1245 9th Ave Suite A

San Francisco, CA 94122

800.644.9616
  CD duplication and community for musicians. HQ in SF with outlets all over the place. 5/2004: Website partially offline

DigaCast/BigRadio

300 Brannan Street

Suite 206

San Francisco, CA 94107

415.369.0605

 

"DigaCast has developed the BigRadio player for audio that works upstream of the streaming format: whether it’s MP3, Windows Media, or Real, that displays synchronized banner advertisements, generating a higher range of CPMs."

3/2004: Sites are still dead, surely they have folded.

1/2003: The sites seem to be gone. Perhaps they have folded.

Digital Rights Agency Digital Rights Agency LLC

1539(a) Folsom Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

415.648.4737
The Orchard Aggregator of music files and metadata on behalf of independent labels for delivery to the major online music outlets. For indies, they provide one-stop-shopping delivery to all the outlets in their required format, negotiate contracts and manage payments for a cut. This new role is equivalent to what distributors do in the physical world, getting CDs into retail stores. Was acquired by The Orchard in November 2007.

Earjam.com

55 Almaden Boulevard

Suite 425

San Jose, CA 95113

408.885.8740

 

"universal" player, universal burner application

3/2006: dead.

5/2004: Website dead?

Epitonic

(jobs or jobs)

Epitonic.com

Attn: Jesse Ashlock

601 West 26th Street

Suite 1150

New York, NY 10001

Aquired by Sputnik7 1/3/01

CNET was one earlier investor

VERY cool collection of downloadable tunes and opinion. Knowledgable, hip editors call cuts for every genre. Try the "Genre Walkthroughs" and the option to "stream this page." An excellent, unique site with lots of on-the-money description and examples to back it up.

5/2004: It appears that Epitonic has moved to NY.

Epitonic matches the new definition of filter: "If you liked that, try this..."

This has replaced the old model of Record Companies and narrowly formatted radio staions telling you what to like.

Friskit.com     "Friskit is a San Francisco-based technology licensing company focused on enabling consumers to conveniently find, personalize, and play streaming media over a network." 7/2004: Appears to be in stasis. Technology is available for licensing.

Gigabeat.com

345 California Avenue

Suite 3

Palo Alto, CA 94306

Napster

"Gigabeat is a comprehensive music gateway that allows music lovers to easily find, download, purchase, sample and listen to their favorite music and discover new music that matches their personal tastes."

Bought by Napster 4/2001.

Gigabeat (as of 9/00) employs 40 people. Uses Secure Viral Distribution Partnership (SVDP) system by TryMedia Systems.

ICast

iCAST Corporation

78 Dragon Court

Woburn, MA 01801

781.994.4100

CMGI

iCast was shut down 11/00.

Read about it here.

11/2000: shut down

MA / NY / SF offices.

IM Networks iM Networks, Inc.

305 W. Evelyn Ave.

Mountain View, CA 94041

650.967.4842
  Develops standalone hardware devices to tune in to online streaming media. ie "Internet tuning solutions for consumer electronics." iM Tuner is their software app to tune in to either their iM channels or any webcast. The Sonicbox is a hardware iM player. 5/2004: No newer press releases than 2002. In stasis?

(formerly Sonicbox) Owns trademark on iM. "There's AM and FM - and now, iM." This hardware is also sold by Acer as the iRhythm.

iMusicast.com

5429 Telegraph Avenue

Oakland, CA 94609

510.601.1029

 

Live webcast facility with a stage, dancefloor, audio and video recording studio designed to webcast a live show.

2006: Seems to be closed, looking for a new home

Kerbango.com

Kerbango, Inc.

21771 Stevens Creek Blvd. #100

Cupertino, CA 95014

408.257.1400

A Division of:

3Com

5400 Bayfront Plaza M/S 6220

Santa Clara, CA 95052

408.326.5000

A division of 3Com

(jobs)

(Aquired 7/31/00)

A directory of streaming stations, with the details on around 30,000 stations (including 25,000 live365 streams). The Kerbango Radio was a standalone streaming audio receiver unit that needs no computer, just a broadband connection.

"...the world's first, standalone Internet Radio. Kerbango.com is our companion Web service that is today the finest collection of quality audio streams on the Internet."

(1/01:) "...the Kerbango Internet Radio is based on the Real Networks G2 Player, and plays Real Audio G2, 5, 4, and 3 files as well as streaming MP3. We expect to support the new RealAudio 8 format announced by Real and Sony in the near future. [It] can receive automatic field upgrades via the internet, we expect to deliver new audio CODECs in the future..." ie. no WMP stations.

9/01: 3Com shut down the site.

4/2001: Announced that they are shutting down the hardware idea. Will the directory of stations continue?

Announced non-exclusive deal to list live365's 25,000 stations in the Kerbango directory (1/08/01).

Made deals to provide long lists of station presets to players such as SoundJam and Apple's iTunes (which is derived from SoundJam).

Kick.com

Kick.com, Inc.

1121 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

415.552.8846
  "... the Kick.com Music Companion, which knows what fans like based on how they listen and delivers personalized music-related content such as album art, discographies, news, concert information, and more. Compatible with all major playback software, the Kick.com Music Companion is accessible to anyone who listens to music on a PC."

Macs are not supported.

3/2002: Website is dead. Heard it was bought by Sony.

"Kick.com has established partnerships with content providers, e-tailers, and music distributors... offers a co-branded version that can be easily integrated into existing third-party offerings to create highly personalized e-commerce and content services."

Musicbank

Musicbank, Incorporated

450 Ninth Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

415.437.3000

 

 

2006: Domain seems to have been repurchased.

2004: Website is an "under construction" placeholder graphic.

Sometime 2001-3: folded.

Music Buddha

MuBu.com

54 Mint Street

Fourth Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103

415.972.6828

 

Music Buddha, Song Sonar, and Def Clip Nine music research and categorization methods. Music Buddha can "...monitor and analyze each listener's reaction to a series of sound clips and make ultra-personalized recommendations based on their responses."

5/2004: Website dead

Webnoize and F***edCompany report (9/25/01) that MuBu ran out of cash and laid off all employees.

Additional office: 410 Jessie, Fifth Floor, SF CA

MyPlay.com

1600 Bridge Parkway

Redwood City, CA 94065

650.620.6900

Vulcan Ventures

Markets to businesses as a platform. Stores files in a digital music Locker™ on a remote server. AOL Time Warner's Winamp was a client.

4/25/03 Website dead

from f***edcompany.com: 10/10/00 "laid off part of its editorial and marketing staff as it moves away from creating original content for its site."

Napster

(jobs)

(Napster has offices in London, Los Angeles, San Diego, and New York. No longer in the Bay Area.)

 

If you don't know what Napster did, then you have a lot of catching up to do...

(Insert lawsuit here.)

Shawn Fanning is laughing all the way to the bank.

2003: Napster returns in name only with a new service and new owners.

6/3/02 Declared bankruptcy.

3/11/02 Laid off a bunch of employees.

Bought GigaBeat.com 4/2001. (See separate listing.)

Too many developments to list. Go anywhere to find coverage such as Salon.com.

NBCi

NBC Internet

The NBCi Building

225 Bush Street

San Francisco, CA 94104

415.375.5000

GE/NBC

Was in the Bay Area, and had original content but they shut down. Now it's just NBC's portal.

4/9/01 Parent company NBC pulled the plug.

1/21/01 layoffs.

Formerly Snap.com.

NineUp

San Francisco

 

 

Small company. no job info on site. Hasn't been active in the last few years.

OrangeAlley.com

3288 21st Street, Box #200

San Francisco, CA 94110-2423

August Nelson, Inc.

buy a "BootlegAl" license ($.99 for a song, $5.99 for a whole album - and the artist gets the lion's share of the money) which lets you download the music and listen to it anytime you want.

Also owned the (also now dead) PayLars.com, a site which mocked Metallica for suing Napster

RadioCentral.com

RadioCentral

336 Harriet Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

415.934.9700
  RadioCentral "provides customized audio programming" for websites.  5/6/04: URL dead.

Redband Broadcasting

343 Sansome Street

Suite 505

San Francisco, CA 94104

415.277.6640

 

Shows delivered over LookSmart's, AltaVista's and Sony Music Entertainment's Internet network, and third-party sites. Partnership with Public Radio International (PRI), shows jointly distributed across the Redband Network and the 660 PRI affiliate stations that reach 11 million listeners weekly.

3/2006: website is just a placeholder graphic logo.

5/6/04: website is just a placeholder graphic logo.

mission: "create exclusive news, talk and entertainment programs; deliver them online and on air, combining the explosive range of the Internet with proven on-air reach."

Originally looksmartradio.com.

Riffage

2627 Hanover Street

Palo Alto, CA 94304

650.213.4700

 

Riffage shut down all operations 12/8/00. Another victim of the net-shakeout...

12/8/00 Shut down and will sell GAMH off...

5/31/00: bought the Great American Music Hall, SF's coolest venue.

Rocket Network

448 Bryant St.

San Francisco, CA 94107

415.538.0123

Avid (20%) and others, see list to the right...

Vulcan Ventures?

"An Internet infrastructure provider enabling a network of collaboration spaces for audio production."

Rocket adds online collaboration functions to audio recording studio software and provides remote collaborative space, such as DigiProNet. This will have a major impact on recording studios once broadband connections become prevalent enough to make their vision viable.

A side note: I invented Rocket's concept in 1992, but never did anything with the brainstorm. whoops.

5/2004: rocketnetwork.com domain still dead. Digidesign has launched DigiDelivery, based on Rocket technology.

4/4/03: Avid/Digidesign aquires Rocket, shuts it down. Will relaunch in a different form?

"In April 1998, Vulcan Ventures, Paul G. Allen's investment entity, made an initial investment of $8 Million in Rocket Network. The Company recently closed an additional $15 Million round of funding led by Weston Presidio Capital, with participation from Avid Technology Inc, Chase Capital Entertainment Partners, Jonathan Bulkeley and a further investment from Vulcan Ventures."

SonicNet

(jobs)

375 Alabama St. Suite 480

San Francisco, CA 94110

415.503.3700

Viacom

Music clearinghouse; news, reviews, downloads, streams, e-tail, links to artist sites.

Seems to just be a pointer to VH1.com now.

9/2000: Big layoffs at MTVi: Around 105 jobs cut from 140...

6/2000: MTVi folded Addicted To Noise (addict.com) into SonicNet.

imagineradio.com became radio.sonicnet.

sonicity.com

190 9th Street, 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103

415.864.0425

 

 

5/2004: domain dead.

TuneTo.com

TuneTo.com, Inc.

303 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 600

Redwood City, CA 94065

650.632.4650

 

Webcast creator with proprietary receiver app that allows for aggregate user "ratings" (thumbs up/down) to customize shared playlists. No Mac version, requires harddrive space to buffer for smooth playback.

Aquired by Listen.com.

Unicycle Records

1201 Mariposa St

San Francisco, CA 94107

 

Web "Morning After Singles," as recorded live at Bottom of the Hill and other venues.

5/2004: domain dead. Possibly related to a fire that hit the studio at BotH?

Small company.

 Vitaminic

Vitaminic USA, Inc.

369 Broadway Street

San Francisco, CA 94133

415.781.7670

 

 

12/2005 "See you soon with the new site… Existing Vitaminic subscribers can connect to the Vitaminic Music Club."

5/2004: Is not in SF phonebook. Seems to be treading water.

Based in Europe, but has office in SF.

Wired Planet

Wired Planet, Inc.

512 2nd Street, 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94107

415.495.2496

Listen.com

Partnership with i-drive.com, combines a Napster-like music-locating system with streaming MP3. One of the first "legal'' responses to Napster. Listeners can collect tracks and create their own WP stations from WP's library of rights-cleared, high-quality music. Made me crash?

Aquired by Listen.com 9/00.

Yack.com

Yack (San Francisco)

1900 Powell Street, Suite 245

Emeryville, CA 94608

510.596.8800

 

Topical guide to online events and content. Has a music section.

5/2004: domain is dead.

NY and Emeryville offices.



During first big battle of the net music era, two alliances emerged: Pressplay and MusicNet. But then things started taking off again; New players entered the space, pressplay rebranded as the reborn Napster, and Apple stepped in the the void. Here's how the alliances were a few years back:

pressplay
MusicNet
Roxio (bought Pressplay, rebranded it as Napster)

Microsoft/ MSN Music

Universal/Vivendi

Sony's Music Club

Yahoo

EMusic

MP3.com

LaunchMedia/LaunchCast

MP4.com
AOL/Time Warner

Real Networks

EMI

Bertelsmann/BMG

MyPlay

BeMusic

CDNow

Also check out these old articles, which are way out of date but interesting:

"The New Kids On the Block: Online music innovators of S.F.'s Audio Alley work and play hard"

"Dot-Com Hipster Haven: After long days music types find time to be happy"

"Where the Internet Sings and Swings" (all 4/23/2000, SF Chronicle)

"Bay Area Changes Music, Again: Local Companies Struggle to Define Next Revolution" (8/6/1999, SF Gate)



Don't forget the Silent Way Directory: Employment Links, and the Silent Way Directory: Audio Streaming Development and Legality Issues.

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