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GameSpy Launches Web Music Scanner

April 12, 1999|JONATHAN GAW

The more mature the Internet gets, the more it looks like everything else.

A Newport Beach company today unveils the final version of software that acts like an Internet music version of a car radio's scan button.

More than 500 cybercasters now stream music onto the Internet using a compression format called MP3. The new tool by GameSpy Industries allows computer users to find an MP3 station by clicking on the genre of music that interests them. Previously, users had to know where to find real-time streaming MP3 stations, which do not always run round-the-clock.

GameSpy is considering extending MP3Spy to include other streaming media formats, though there is no timetable yet, said Dave Kosak, creative director of GameSpy.

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