UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP (UMG) AND BUZ INTERACTIVE PARTNER TO BRING MUSIC TO MOBILE VOICEMAIL
UMG and BUZ Debut New Mobile Music Product
Los Angeles, California, August 28, 2007 – Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, and BUZ Interactive™, the leader in personalized voicemail messaging services, today announced that they have entered into an agreement to provide BUZ users with access to UMG’s music catalog of chart-topping artists through BUZ’s breakthrough GETaBUZ™ voicemail messaging service. Thousands of new UMG songs are now available on GETaBUZ (www.getabuz.com), the rapidly growing service that allows anyone to create a “BUZ,” a voicemail greeting that combines their voice message with their favorite music.
The GETaBUZ service creates a significant new digital distribution channel for music and for fans to enjoy their favorite music anytime and anywhere. GETaBUZ users can either create a BUZ to replace their mobile phone voicemail greeting or to send to anyone’s mobile phone—directly to the voicemail inbox of that mobile user, without the phone ringing. GETaBUZ taps into the huge demand for electronic greetings, providing consumers with a new outlet for expression on birthdays, holidays or any occasion, and allows everyone to create unique and entertaining voicemail greetings for their own phone featuring music from the hottest artists.
“We are delighted to partner with BUZ, whose service is strengthening the connection between artists and fans,” stated Rio Caraeff, Executive Vice President of Universal Music Group’s eLabs, the company’s new media and technologies division. “The launch of this new mobile music product is just one example of how Universal Music is continuing to cultivate online entertainment by offering our consumers even more ways to enjoy the musical experience.”
GETaBUZ is fun and easy to use and offers infinite possibilities for creative expression. It also offers an entirely new distribution channel for our artists and an exciting mechanism for them to reach their fans.”
“For many people, the mobile phone is the ultimate accessory, and they are always looking for new and unique ways to personalize it,” said Eric Sirkin, President of BUZ Interactive. “We’re excited to be partnering with Universal Music Group to make their tremendous catalog of top artists available to GETaBUZ users, providing even more options for creativity and expression.”
The GETaBUZ service is available at www.getabuz.com and works with the existing voicemail systems on mobile phones. No special software or hardware is required to use it—just a Firefox or Internet Explorer Web browser. Each BUZ greeting costs between $.99 and $2.99 depending on the music selected. Every new GETaBUZ user gets a free greeting.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries around the world. Its business also includes Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Label Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.
About BUZ Interactive
BUZ Interactive makes it fun and easy to create personalized voicemail greetings and messages by mixing voice with popular music. The company’s unique personalized voice messaging services work with all mobile phones in the U.S.. With headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, BUZ Interactive operates the popular GETaBUZ service at www.getabuz.com and the recently introduced SENDaBUZ voice messaging service at 888-5-SENDABUZ. Learn how to get your own BUZ service at www.buzinteractive.com.