New York, NY (June 4, 2004)–The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), a premier U.S. mechanical licensing organization, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with AMI Entertainment, a subsidiary of Rowe International Corporation, the world’s largest and oldest jukebox manufacturer. Under the agreement, HFA will provide licensing for songs from its affiliated music publishers for Rowe AMI’s secure digital jukebox network (AMI Entertainment Inc.). HFA represents more than 27,000 music publisher principals.
“We are pleased to be able to extend to our affiliated publishers this agreement with Rowe AMI,” said Gary Churgin, president and CEO, The Harry Fox Agency. “Rowe, AMI and HFA go back to the days of the player piano, and this relationship is another example of how companies can transition their businesses to take advantage of the new opportunities that digital delivery brings.”
“This agreement between two historical music companies marks another important step in the evolution of the music delivery system,” said Doug Johnson, president and CEO of Rowe. “We are very excited to be working with HFA to enable a secure digital jukebox network which will be able to host a vast selection of genres, from country to hip-hop, with the support of HFA’s electronic licensing capabilities.”
The Rowe AMI network will be launched with an all digital jukebox, which is essentially a special-purpose PC with a touch-screen color LCD or CRT monitor and a moderately sized 40, 80 GB hard drive. The all-digital model allows patrons to search for songs by title, artist, album or genre using graphical search and navigation tools. It will use a broadband connection for both Music on Demand requests as well as for remote Internet-based management of its resident inventory of encrypted MP3 song files stored on the jukebox’s internal hard drive. All song play events are tracked by the central music servers.
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