Akamai Media Delivery Tapped to Enable Launch of radiolibre.ca Streaming Music Service
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, announced today that Astral Media, one of Canada's largest media companies, has chosen Akamai Media Delivery to enable the recent launch of its radiolibre.ca online music service. radiolibre.ca, a new personalized service of musical discovery on the Internet in both French and English, is supported by Akamai's secure media delivery and download service, giving subscribers a high quality, extremely reliable streaming service at all times.
With a song list of more than 400,000 titles, comprising such genres as techno, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop, classic, country and punk, radiolibre.ca allows users to tailor content to their interests. Along with being able to create their own music profiles, users will also have access to comprehensive editorial content, with artists' biographies and discographies, articles on the origin and history of the various music genres and news about upcoming concerts. Users become the DJ of their own programming, and can share music with other users, enabling music buffs to swap songs and discover previously unheralded local and international talent.
"With RadioLibre, we wanted to reach a new breed of music lover who not only wants to listen to their favorite music, but also interact with fans, collaborators and guest-artists with similar musical interests," said Denis Rozon, vice-president of radiolibre.ca, a member of the Astral Media Radio Inc. group. "After extensive research, we knew it was critical to have a solution like Akamai Media Delivery in order to not only successfully launch the service, but be able to scale and support the interest and growth we expect moving forward."
radiolibre.ca is based on highly advanced technology developed in Quebec as part of the CIRANO (a research and analysis group) and is the result of breakthrough research by professors at McGill University and l'Université de Montréal, in collaboration with Double V3, a leading developer of applications for the music and media industries.
"The digital media space continues to pioneer innovation, as witnessed by Astral Media's unique new online music service," said Thierry Curis, Digital Media and Streaming Product Manager at Akamai. "Akamai's Media Delivery platform already enables many digital media businesses, including two-thirds of the top Media and Entertainment businesses across both Canada and worldwide, to meet the needs of a new breed of consumers who increasingly accessing media content through multiple channels. Akamai's goal is to help our customers solve the complex business and technical challenges inherent in the changing digital media landscape."
Akamai Media Delivery solves the challenges of media delivery by providing clients with an easy way to monetize and deliver digital media assets. The solution leverages the unmatched capacity of the Akamai EdgePlatform to enable businesses to deliver a range of media, including music, movies & video, sports, news, marketing information, advertising and games—without adding or maintaining infrastructure with ease. For more info please visit http://www.akamai.com/html/solutions/media_delivery.html
About Astral Media
Astral Media is one of Canada's largest media companies. It is active in specialty, pay and pay-per-view television, radio and outdoor advertising. The company's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences.
Akamai is the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online. More than 1,800 organizations have formed trusted relationships with Akamai, improving their revenue and reducing costs by maximizing the performance of their online businesses. Leveraging the Akamai EdgePlatform, these organizations gain business advantage today, and have the foundation for the emerging Web solutions of tomorrow. Akamai is "The Trusted Choice for Online Business." For more information, visit www.akamai.com.
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The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai Technologies, Inc.'s management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by unauthorized users or others, failure to have available sufficient transmission capacity, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure and other factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.