AOL Acquires Multimedia Search Company Singingfish

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2003-11-19 Print this article Print

The move will allow AOL to expand its search capabilities into audio and video content.

America Online Inc. on Wednesday announced that it has acquired a multimedia search engine company and is using the technology to power a new audio and video search feature. AOL said it has purchased Singingfish Inc., a Seattle-based that has created an index of 9 million streaming media files and in August added search for Flash content to its service. Click here for more information on Singingfishs Flash-based service and multimedia search engine technology.
Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and officials at Singingfish and AOL could not be immediately reached for further comment.
The acquisition will allow AOL, a Dulles, Va.-based subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., to expand its AOL Search service beyond text-based searching to include audio and video search, a new feature also launched on Wednesday. Users of AOL Search now will be able to find audio and video content across the Web as well as exclusive and on-demand content from its AOL and AOL for Broadband services, the company said. Singingfish licenses its multimedia search for use in both Windows Media Player and Real Networks RealOne Player. The search engine also is available at and at Comcast Corp.s broadband portal
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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