MusicNet

I joined MusicNet (or as it was later called MNI Interactive) in 1994 as Director of User Interface. MusicNet was brainchild of John Acheson who was the founder and CEO. At the time, I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t truly appreciate the brilliance of John’s vision. MusicNet was truly the precursor for iTunes. It used an affinity algorithm to provide people with similar music tastes album suggestions. We had a wonderful engineering team composed of former Apple folks (John Worthington, Leo Degen, Dave Vronay and Joe Rosen). MusicNet provoked a lot of interest in both the computer and music industries, including a partnership with Rolling Stone. It was eventually acquired by RealNetworks,