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Introduces Universe of Mac Users to Unique Music Recognition Service

BERKELEY, CA (July 20, 2000) -- CDDB™ (, the only music recognition service used by over 18 million individuals monthly, has announced a Macintosh Beta version of its popular Software Developer Kit, the company announced today to MacWorld Expo attendees. The announcement allows Mac software developers to CDDB-enable their media player applications allowing listeners to receive artist, album and track information that appears on screen based on their musical selections. CDDB expects its number of unique users to jump as a host of new Mac-format multimedia players powered by CDDB make their way to consumers.

"Apple successfully positioned the iMac as an all-in-one multimedia device from the start, so it was only a matter of time until Mac-format media player apps integrated CDDB," said David Hyman, President, CDDB. "What this means for a Mac developer is that their end-users will no longer have to type in the names of their music files by hand. CDDB will do it for them," continued Hyman.

Additional features in the Software Developers Kit include complete credit listings, over 250 genres, international language capabilities and artist-related content links. "Mac users are about as loyal as they come, so we're especially happy to be able to extend our service to this group," said Jim Kinney, VP Sales and Business Development at CDDB. "The demand for this release has been extremely high, based on dozens of requests we've received from the Mac developers," continued Kinney who also said a number of Mac developers are already CDDB enabling their products. For more information about how to sign up for the Mac CDDB2 Beta Program, developers can visit CDDB's Web site, at


CDDB's Music Recognition ServiceSM is the industry standard for music recognition and related content. The service is used by the vast majority of media players including those from Yahoo (YHOO), RealNetworks (RNWK), AOL (AOL), MusicMatch, Sony (SNE), Adaptec (ADPT), and hundreds of other developers. This 'network' of players supplies over 18 million users a month with instant album information. Users can log onto to download the latest CDDB-ready applications. In addition to recognizing and naming artists, albums and tracks for listeners during playback, CDDB also points users to other websites featuring related artist information and has content partnerships in place with,, and tour information from Pollstar. The company integrates unique and compelling applications and utilities into its software, which is licensed by over 700 media player developers worldwide. CDDB is privately owned and headquartered in Berkeley, California.