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The $12 million infusion into Oprah Winfrey's OWN from partner Discovery Communications has yet to help the cable channel turn a profit, according to the New York Post.
As previously reported, Discovery spent an additional $12 million on its joint venture with Winfrey in the third quarter - however, the network is still a money loser.
David Zaslav, Discovery CEO, remains upbeat on OWN's prospects, saying that advertisers had renewed deals and that the focus is on adding distribution.
Discovery, spent big on marketing promoting the arrival of Oprah's "Lifeclass," at 8 p.m. and the premiere of Rosie O'Donnell's 7 p.m. talk show in October. The company reported 3 million online streams of the nightly self-help strip fronted by...click to continue reading
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New visual-navigation music player reinvents the traditional list-based management approach for an entirely new way to experience your music
Berlin - Fresh from the oven, mufin has released a unique sound-based music player that brings music discovery and management into the digital age. The new mufin player pro knows the sound of your music and provides a visual navigation of music collections based on their sounds â€" to make organizing, enjoying, and discovering music easier than ever.
Traditional music players sort music collections by artist or title name (no different than stacking physical CDs or albums on shelves) â€" thus filing the Beastie Boys after the Beach Boys, or pairing the Jonas Brothers with Johnny Cash. Instead, mufin's unique soundsort technology organizes tracks according to each song's musical qualities (tempo, instruments, sound density, etc.). Grouping songs based on sound makes it easier for users to find the right songs to match their mood, particularly when dealing with extensive music collections.
The new mufin player pro takes sound-based management a step further with its '3D Sound Universe'. This visual navigation tool displays an entire music collection on a single screen. Songs are aligned according to sound metrics into distinct sound galaxies, and the closer songs appear in the universe, the more similar their sound metrics. As many as 14 metrics can be used to customize the 3D Sound Universe to the music- lover's needs. This 3D Sound Universe is fully interactive, with easy drag-and-drop to create playlists, as well as searching, renaming, filtering, and song recommendations.
"Digital music technology has so much more to offer than just MP3. Mufin player pro lets you playfully travel your music collection guided by its sound, something that you simply can't do with your physical record collection." says JÃ¼rgen Jaron, CEO of mufin.
Mufin player pro is available now for $29.99 at mufin.com. Additionally, the company launched the official release of its free mufin player at http://www.mufin.com, which was previously in beta.
Both mufin player pro and the free mufin player incorporate strong social features to let music lovers share newly-discovered tracks and old favorites with friends. For example, songs playing within mufin player can be instantly tweeted to friends on Twitter, scrobbled to the user's Last.fm profile, and shown on a Facebook profile. Friends can listen to songs directly on Facebook, or follow a link in a tweet to check out a song for themselves.
In addition to the soundsort technology and visual navigation, mufin player pro includes:
Â· Automatic cleaning up of song details â€" including misspelled artists or titles, a sound-based duplicate song finder, and advanced drag-and-drop ID3 editing.
Â· Sound-based recommendations â€" mufin's sound-based recommendation engine searches a database of over 6 million songs to suggest new songs that sound similar to any track. Users can preview, buy and download recommended tracks.
Â· Personal DJ: mufin creates perfect playlists to match any mood in seconds. Users simply select any track (even self-produced songs!) and mufin automatically builds a playlist with tracks that match musically.
Â· Ability to import/burn audio CDs, syncing with MP3 players and Apple iTunes, album artwork, and more.
The free mufin player includes soundsort technology, social networking features, playlist creation, import/burning CDs, sync with MP3 players and iTunes. In addition to the player releases, mufin has improved its web interface on mufin.com, adding fun music visualization tools that map out song recommendations for intuitive navigation and song discovery.
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