blinkx Launches Music Video Search Service

--Alice in Chains Launches Interactive, Video-Enabled iPhone App

Video search engine company, blinkx, on Tuesday announced blinkx Music (http://www.music.blinkx.com), a new service for finding and watching music videos online. According to the company, the service functions as a "single online gateway" that provides access to music videos in every genre, and features a "huge and varied constellation of artists." blinkx claims to have indexed over 33,000 hours of music video from over 10,000 artists.

According to the company, users can search blinkx Music's index by artist, album, genre or song, or simply browse the top tunes of the moment. The service also allows users to post comments and interact with other fans, and provides background information on bands and their work. "There are hundreds of thousands of music videos available on the Web today which makes it nearly impossible to navigate and find what you are looking for," blinkx founder and CEO, Suranga Chandratillake, said in a prepared statement. "Based on the success of blinkx Remote, our online TV guide, we recognized there was a need to help organize music videos and make them easily searchable on the Web. By leveraging our award-winning video search index, we built blinkx Music to help our users find their favorite music videos quickly, easily and in one place."

blinkx claims to have secured over 530 partners for its video search service and to have indexed over 35 million hours of video and audio content to date.

In other music-related news: The band, Alice in Chains, has launched an interactive, video-enabled iPhone application to accompany its new album, "Black Gives Way to Blue." The app, which was designed and developed by Mobile Roadie, Streetwise Concepts & Culture and EMI Music, is billed as offering:

  • Custom-built functionality that allows users to interact with each of the album's 11 tracks via a touch, drag and hold feature which reveals "hidden visual gems" (see the demo video embedded below).
  • Full video and full audio streaming of the songs, "Check My Brain" and "A Looking in View"; and full audio streaming of the song, "Acid Bubble" (note: both the app's audio and visual content are slated to be updated on an ongoing basis).
  • Rare photos, breaking news, tour dates, band bios, discography, a fan wall for commenting, and access to Alice in Chains merchandise and tickets, the band's Web site and its mailing list.
  • Integration with Twitter and Facebook

"With the Alice In Chains app, we wanted to represent every song on Black Gives Way To Blue as an interactive and immersive experience," Jeff Zakim, EMI Music's senior director of global digital marketing, said in a prepared statement. "We achieved that with the custom-designed interactive tracks. The interactivity is furthered by giving fans the ability to share, comment and connect across Fan Wall posts, email, Facebook and Twitter."

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