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PassAlong Digital Music Service Now Available Through the New Microsoft Windows Media Player 10


FRANKLIN, Tenn.-- 12/16/2004 --, the digital music service from PassAlong Networks known for its innovative song-passing technology, today announced that its digital music service is available from within the newest Windows Media Player 10 (WMP 10). PassAlong is the only digital download service to launch in this version of the popular player. Now, WMP 10 users can access’s digital music store directly through the player, providing greater convenience and access to PassAlong’s catalog of music and patent-pending song-passing features, which reward consumers for legally sharing music.

Microsoft’s free Windows Media Player was downloaded 17 million times the first month it was available. The player allows music fans to play songs, organize their music library, create playlists, burn custom CDs and sync to the latest portable devices.

“By making the PassAlong service available directly from Windows Media Player 10, we are introducing millions of music fans to the service and providing our current users with new options for how they access and share their music,” said Dave Jaworski, CEO of PassAlong Networks.

PassAlong Networks’ music download service combines the best of peer-to-peer and legal music services by offering consumers the freedom to share and experience music while preserving the rights of artists and other copyright holders. is the only digital music store that rewards consumers with free songs for legally sharing the music they love. Consumers earn free music by passing songs to friends for review and purchase using the patent-pending PassAlong and 1Pass features. The PassAlong feature lets users recommend multiple songs from their music library or share a custom playlist created using the MyShowcase feature, while 1Pass allows users to quickly pass a single song or album as they browse the store. Music recommendations are sent via email or Instant Messenger services from AOL, Yahoo! or MSN. The recipient then receives a link they simply click on to sample and/or purchase the recommended music. Consumers earn rewards, in the form of an online currency called PassAlong Points, for each music recommendation that results in a sale. PassAlong Points are redeemable for any digital music PassAlong sells, and users can earn a free song download when just one album they pass gets purchased.

In September 2004, PassAlong Networks launched Simultaneously, the company launched the PassAlong Store on eBay, the largest music store on the auction giant’s site. Part of a digital music pilot program eBay established to gauge the interest of its 125 million registered users in digital downloading, the PassAlong store on eBay is the first digital music store to make major-label music available on the site. In addition to offering music from major labels and independents, and the PassAlong store on eBay each offer shoppers exclusive opportunities. In the store, shoppers find music news and feature articles on today’s top artists while PassAlong on eBay has artist- and music-based auctions, including a recent promotion with Avril Lavigne in which the winning bidder won a 15-minute phone call and backstage pass to meet the young Canadian rocker as well as a digital copy of her latest CD.

PassAlong digital music stores do not require special software to browse, nor is there a fee to register or use any of the store’s features, whether accessed through Windows Media Player 10, eBay or The service is compatible with industry-standard WMA music files, and users can listen to music purchased from PassAlong on 70+ WMA-compatible devices, including many of the most popular portable digital music players.

About PassAlong Networks

PassAlong Networks builds secure distribution and sharing services for digital media as part of its commitment to providing the millions of future and existing digital music fans with more options and the best digital download experience possible. PassAlong Networks is endeavoring to create a community of music enthusiasts by encouraging and rewarding legal music sharing and is building a name for itself with its unique consumer rewards program. For more information go to


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