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Rounder Records and Listen.com Partner to Create RounderRadio.com.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & SAN FRANCISCO--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--March 13, 2001

Rounder Records and Listen.com announced today that they have partnered to create RounderRadio.com, featuring a branded radio player and a network of streaming radio stations programmed by Rounder Records staffers.

RounderRadio.com will launch in mid-April with four music stations - Blues, Modern Mix, Reggae and Americana. Featured Rounder artists include Alison Krauss, Cowboy Junkies, Ruth Brown, Bill Morrisey, Juliana Hatfield and Burning Spear. A fifth channel gives listeners the opportunity to catch live recordings of concerts, artist interviews, new releases, online promotions and news.

Rounder Records, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is an independent record label specializing in roots music and its contemporary offshoots. Listen.com creates, integrates and distributes online music products and services across a network of Web portals, entertainment sites and music platforms.

Rounder's National Promotion VP Brad Paul said, "I talked with a lot of different streaming radio companies but Listen.com impressed me the most with their excitement for the music. Their radio player and software are at the forefront of the technology."

"We're excited to create RounderRadio.com because it gives both Listen and Rounder a chance to showcase what we each do best," said Sean Ryan, Listen.com's president and COO. "The real winners, though, are the music lovers who now have access to Rounder's terrific catalog via streaming radio."

Upon launch in mid-April, listeners can find RounderRadio at www.RounderRadio.com, www.listen.com or www.rounder.com.

About Rounder Records

Rounder Records is an independent record label based in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in roots music and its contemporary offshoots. The Rounder catalog contains over 3000 titles of traditional and contemporary folk, bluegrass, blues, rock, reggae, children's and world music.

With an annual release schedule averaging 125 records a year, Rounder today is best compared not to the small, ragged-but-right folk label it once was, but to the broad-shouldered independents of the 1960s, to Herb Alpert's A&M, Frank Sinatra's Reprise and the powerful folk labels Vanguard and Elektra, who helped foster that era's popular music renaissance. Now they hope to establish a third stream for American music - a middle class, if you will, combining the best instincts of the independent label with the muscular business power of the major label.

About Listen.com

Listen.com creates, integrates and distributes online music products and services across a network of portals, entertainment sites and music platforms. Distribution partners use Listen to program their music sections. Partners include AltaVista, Britannica, eUniverse, Excite@Home, iVillage, iWon, Lycos, NBCi.com, RealNetworks, shockwave.com, Road Runner, Yahoo! and ZDNet. Listen.com's products include its hand-built directory to online music, with links to legal music from more than 200,000 artists. The company also offers Listen Radio, an online radio product developed from the company's WiredPlanet acquisition, and re-syndicated content from partners, including Muze, MoodLogic, Music Today and Like.com.

Rob Reid, a former venture capitalist and author, founded Listen.com in December 1998. Financial backers in the San Francisco company include all five major music labels (BMG Entertainment, EMI Recorded Music, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group) the Barksdale Group, August Capital, Attractor Ventures, Hambrecht & Quist, Index Ventures, Austin Ventures, Trans Cosmos, Altos Ventures, Imagine Media founder and CEO, Chris Anderson, CNET founder and chairman Halsey Minor, Gateway Computers founder and chairman Ted Waitt and Maverick Records' principals. Upside Magazine recently named Listen.com as one of the top-100 private companies. Listen.com and the Listen.com logo are service marks of Listen.com, Inc.
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