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TiVo unveils SongConnect

TiVo has announced the availability of SongConnect, a music metadata package that relates versions of a song to a single master work.

SongConnect is powered by TiVo’s unique song ID. This new level of identifier allows providers to collect together alternate variations of a song including live, studio, acoustic and remix versions, enabling music fans to find a song even when there are multiple versions or if the song is described in different ways. Voice-led discovery is fast becoming the default way to find and enjoy music, and SongConnect provides an additional level of detail that helps advanced search and recommendation systems deliver the right track the first time.

“Music service providers need new and innovative ways for users to discover related music,” said Kathy Weidman, senior vice president and general manager, metadata, TiVo. “SongConnect enables the discovery of alternate versions of a song across multiple languages, in all different genres, by delivering a new level of connectivity and accuracy to search.”

Record labels and music distributors can use SongConnect to more effectively merchandise new music and back catalogues. For example, if a song is re-recorded by an emerging artist, music retailers can leverage the success of the new release to market the original release as well as other popular covers.

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