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Playlist Media, Inc.
Type of business Private
Available in English
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Key people Bobby Davidorf (Co-Founder), Karen Katz (Co-Founder), Steve Petersen (CTO)
Alexa rank Negative increase 88,622 (April 2014)[1]
Current status work in progress is a popular domain name that formerly hosted a commercial-free Internet radio service called Playlist targeted to its 60 million registered users.[2]

The domain is owned by Playlist Media, which operates under the brand Playlist. The Playlist team is currently working to launch a new music service at under the Playlist brand. Playlist management has extensive experience building and monetizing an Internet music service - across 60 million registered users, 1 billion listening hours, 80 million playlists and 100 billion ads.


Playlist was founded in February 2006 by Jeremy Riney for the purpose of putting more music on Myspace and other social networking sites. With the popularity of social networking sites and online blogs, has experienced enormous growth. From a userbase of less than 500,000 in mid-2006, it grew to more than 20,000,000 users as of June 30, 2008 and 50,000,000 users by June 30, 2011. It was originally known as Project Playlist with the domain name of, before it acquired its current domain name of and became known as On February 1, 2013 Playlist Media, Inc. acquired and on July 1, 2013, relaunched as a personalized radio service. In June 2015, the personalized radio service was brought offline.


Playlist is the name of the cloud-based, Internet streaming radio service formerly hosted at

Legal issues[edit]

Playlist experienced legal issues early in its history. Those issues have been resolved.

On April 28, 2008, the RIAA and a coalition of nine record labels filed a lawsuit against the company for contributing to mass copyright infringement.[3] However, two similar cases against MySpace and Imeem were largely the opening moves in settlements which would see these music sites licensing the content and compensating artists for the use of their music.[4] Project Playlist already has begun contracts with Sony BMG.

On December 19, 2008, MySpace quickly began removing the Project Playlist music player from all profiles and subsequently leaving the affected users a message in their inbox which notified them of the removal. This amounted to a temporary ban of Project Playlist, largely due to complaints brought forth by the artists, asserting that Project Playlist should be paying royalties.

Facebook also later banned Project Playlist from its site.[5]

On May 11, 2010, it was reported that Playlist reached a settlement with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group [6] for an undisclosed amount.

On February 1, 2013, the site was acquired by a third party free of outstanding legal issues with the music recording and publishing industries.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Ong, Josh (2013-09-05). " Turns Its User Playlists Into Custom Radio Stations". Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  3. ^ Sandoval, Greg (2008-04-28). "RIAA files copyright suit against Project Playlist | News Blogs - CNET News". Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Facebook silences Project Playlist widgets
  6. ^ Sandoval, Greg (2010-05-11). "Project Playlist puts legal troubles behind it | Media Maverick - CNET News". Retrieved 2013-11-22. 

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