All Media Guide

All Media Guide

__NOTOC__All Media Guide (commonly known as AMG), is the company which owns and maintains Allmusic, Allgame and Allmovie. AMG was founded in 1990 by popular-culture archivist Michael Erlewine.

The company was founded in Big Rapids, Michigan in 1991, in order to create a comprehensive archive of all music. AMG moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1999. AMG was a business unit within Alliance Entertainment Corporation until early 2005. Yucaipa Companies, a multi-billion dollar fund based in California, retained ownership of AMG. Macrovision announced on November 6 2007 that it had agreed to purchase All Media Guide. [cite press release
title=Macrovision Agrees to Acquire All Media Guide Holdings, Inc.
date=November 6 2007

AMG has created a large database of metadata about movies, video games, audio books, and music releases. These databases are used for point of sale systems in tens of thousands of stores globally, for CD and DVD recognition in software media players such as Windows Media Player, [ SimpleCenter] and Musicmatch Jukebox, and for providing content for a variety of websites.

In addition to selling computerized access to its databases, AMG sells several dozen print compilations of its information.



In late-2004, AMG launched a new product called LASSO. AMG LASSO is a media recognition service that automatically recognizes CDs, DVDs, and digital audio files such as MP3, Ogg, AAC, and WMA files. Once media is recognized, metadata from AMG's All Music and All Movie databases is delivered directly to the player. LASSO is available as an SDK for personal computer software developers, and an embedded version of LASSO is available for consumer electronics devices.

Other products:

See also

* Allgame
* Allmovie
* Allmusic


External links

* [ Make it or break it: How a small-town music fetishist turned an obsession into a multimillion-dollar All Media Guide (Metro Times, Detroit)]
* [ All Media Guide corporate site]
* [ All Game Guide]
* [ All Movie Guide]
* [ All Music Guide]
* [ LASSO]

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