The company’s catalogue includes arioso tracks and mobile music derivatives. Its online music stores are distributed through soundboard and Windows Media Player 10. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Singapore. Singapore. “The number you just called is not in use. Thank you. ” Ringing the SoundBits headquarters hotlist got us nowhere, confirming that its doors have been shuttered in preparation for its pending closure.
On the SoundBits site, a notice tells readers that the music downloads site will closing down on July 15, I may not be a regular user of Its online store, but first came across SoundBits hen a coupon for a couple of free song downloads fell out as I was unfixing my IAMB Creative Move TX player way back then. Yup, the online store has around that long, and news of its upcoming closure evoked sweet nostalgia and that song Video Killed the Radio Star, which describes a singer whose career is cut short by TV. Founded in 1999. The company was one of the first online music stores in Singapore legalizing music downloads.
In the face of rampant piracy, this was already a struggle for the site. However, keeping relevant became increasingly difficult as mobile phone ants like Monika, Sony Ericson, even Apple started to launch their own music download stores or partner with telecoms for one. Motorola, which bought SoundBits in 2008, was to have been its trump card. However, even the us company wasn’t able to help Itself when Its mobile phone and Momentous business started to falter In the face of aggressive competition and the current downturn.
Motorola had acquired SoundBits originally to expand Its Momentous service out of China and Into the rest of Asia. Before Its closure announcement, SoundBits operated in the Southeast Asia region, Australia, Hong Kong, India and China. The Singapore company’s history is far from whimsical. In 2000, SoundBits formed a partnership with Locos Asia to provide the portal with downloaded digital music. It also attracted Creative which took a 18 percent stake in the company.
Creative went on to launch the SoundBits Music Video Store in 2005, with partners that Included Millionths Group in Australia, and Singlet and MI in Singapore. It’s an ironic end for a company that held its own ground when it came out selling legit music in 1999, a year when services such as Aziza and Anapest were famous for providing free music and survived the dotcom bust in 2001. As a final service to its customers, SoundBits advises its customers to back up their songs into an audio CD before it shuts down for good on July 15. Hat can we say but so long, SoundBits, and thanks for all the… Music. SoundBits, one of the first online music sources in Singapore, is officially shutting its store commonly 1 5, even as more online music stores are opening with a wave of optimism surrounding music downloads. In a note to subscribers last Friday, as well as on its website, the company said everything will be taken down after July 1 5 midnight, marking a sorry end to a bright dot. Mom poster boy of yesteryear.
The closure will come Just 18 months after Motorola said it was acquiring the Singapore- based SoundBits, in a bid to boost its Momentous service and sell its music-enabled phones. The service had been launched in India in June 2008, though prices were still higher than what you could get with a CD, which offered higher-quality music. Along Ninth the dramatic demise of Motorola’s mobile phone business in the past two years, SoundBits now also faces closure of its own. It’s an ironic end for a company that seemed ahead of its time when it came out selling legit music in 1999 – at the dawn f illegal downloads.
Many were surprised at the time, when SoundBits CEO Shadbush Cornwall, a former MET stalwart, managed to court the music labels even when they were more interested in blocking people from ripping CDC. Its music collection was built up very fast, providing users in Singapore with a legit alternative to pirated songs. But soon, the competition came for “Suds” and his company. Rough Apple tunes is still not officially here in Singapore now, Monika has recently launched its music store here. And Sony Ericson too, has partnered Singlet to offer a direct-to-mobile music download service.
SoundBits, meanwhile, was a much smaller player and had a less extensive music collection. Plus, it somehow only supported the Internet Explorer browser, likely because of its Windows Media back- end, which kept out a lot of users. The final nail in the coffin must have been its sale to Motorola, a company that invented the cellophane and won millions over with the Iconic Razz phone, but somehow still managed to lose direction in its cellophane business thanks to poor management and decision-making.
Before SoundBits shuts its store, it advises users to download and back up all the stuff they bought. Users should burn the tracks into CDC, because they would not be available for re- download and no licenses will be given for them – should you transfer your songs to new PC or hard disk. According to SoundBits: ‘We recommend that you burn these songs (in CD-Audio format using Windows Media Player or other compatible software media players) to a CD-R so that you have back up of your tracks and can enjoy them over time.
Further downloads or license May easier, legit and DRUM-free music take your place. SINGAPORE, Jan. 7 / Previews-Piratical/ Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SoundBits Pet. Ltd. , a privately held, leading pan-Asian music provider. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition, which is subject to customary conditions, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008.
Through its MOMENTOUS service, Motorola has more than two years experience delivering mobile music to consumers with its carrier customers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The acquisition of SoundBits allows Motorola to expand MOMENTOUS beyond China, into India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. With well over 0 percent of all digital music content in Asia sold via mobile channels, a level expected to remain in the coming years, Motorola’s strength in music delivery will help its carrier customers access this growth opportunity.
Soundness’s multi-region music delivery platform enables the purchase and distribution of digital content through over-the-air and wired broadband connections. The company’s end-to-end system includes subscriber management, content management, payment, client software and media delivery technologies. The company maintains a consumer-facing brand, SoundBits, and will continue to revive “white-label” services to carrier customers that offer tailored solutions for Multimedia delivery. “We are very pleased to announce this transaction with SoundBits.
It will provide Motorola with one of the most extensive music libraries in the Asia Pacific region, advance our music and video offerings in Australia and South East Asia, and build on the success of our MITOSIS Services in China,” said Bill Werner, senior vice president, future solutions and technology for mobile devices. “We are delighted to Unwelcome Soundness’s strong management whose extensive region specific experience in the music and video industries will enhance the strength of our mobile device teams. “Motorola’s dedication to enhancing the digital music experience in Asia complements our own objectives and makes it the ideal partner,” said Shadbush Cornwall, CEO of SoundBits. “This combination will help us extend our platform and create exciting growth opportunities for Soundness’s employees and our partner music labels. Further, our customers will benefit from the technological advancements that we expect to deliver as part of a global leader in mobile communications. ”
Headquartered in Singapore, SoundBits has access to one of the most extensive music libraries in the Asia-Pacific region, through licenses from Sony BMW, MI, Manner Music International and Universal Music Group, as well as over 45 Independent record labels in Asia, the U. S. And Europe. Motorola intends to maintain Soundness’s Singapore headquarters, which will be an integral component About SoundBits SoundBits is Sais’s largest online and mobile music company, with its 50-plus collective stores attracting the majority of online and wireless purchases. The company operates its own store, http://www. Undoubted. Mom, as well as providing content and/or technology infrastructure to partners such as Hutchison 3, Motorola, Airtime, Singlet, MI, Opts Zoo, Tellers, Bighorn Music, Windows Media Player 10, Creative Technology and SONY BMW. With more than 750,000 tracks available to download, SoundBits is a ‘one-stop- shop’ for music, where music lovers can buy and download their favorite tracks onto their PC’s, portable music players and mobile phones. About Motorola Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications.
Inspired by our vision of seamless mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you connect simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering “must have” products, “must do” experiences and powerful networks along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $42. 8 billion in 2006. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit http://www. Troll. Com. Business Risks Certain statements contained in this press release, including the expected imitable for completing the proposed transaction between Motorola and SoundBits, future financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company and products, any other statements regarding Motorola’s or Soundness’s future expectations, beliefs, goals or prospects and any statements that are not statements of historical facts might be considered forward-looking statements.
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