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Madison - Electronic Music Management System

Past Project
IBM's Electronic Music Management System (EMMS), also called "Madison", has the potential to revolutionize the way people purchase, receive, and enjoy music. A development team at IBM Ft. Lauderdale, with help from researchers from the Almaden Research Center and the Hawthorne Laboratory, has built a system that distributes music securely and privately over the Internet to end users in their homes. Using CD-R drives, users can make their own music CDs, and play them on their hi-fi systems. A feature of EMMS is that it supports the existing business practices in the music industry -- content creators, distributors, and retailers all have a role, and add value to the consumer experience.

IBM has partnered with the five major music labels (Sony, Warner, Universal, EMI, and BMG) to run a trial of this system beginning in the summer of 1999, for the purpose of understanding consumer desires. The trial and the EMMS are tightly coupled to the music industry's recently announced initiative, the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI).

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