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DMDS Newsletter #4: Sender


Stream Albums & Videos from DMDS Notifications
Comments & Approvals
ExploreMusic Feed
Private List Import
Web Based Video Downloads
User Profile: Alan Cross

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Stream Albums & Videos from DMDS Notifications

Would you like your music and videos to stream direct from the email notification? Now you can. Just click 'Allow streaming from email notifications' when setting up your notification, and a 'Play Now' button will allow recipients to stream the audio and video in their web browser without logging in.

Email Stream

Comments & Approvals

Comments & Approvals is a completely private method in which the recipient of a release can communicate with the sender, within the DMDS website.

Here are just a few examples of how Comments & Approvals can be utilized:

  • A single sent to radio has been added for airplay
  • A broadcast video has not met technical requirements and adjustments need to be made
  • A television station has questions about their traffic instructions for a specific advertising flight


These comments will be completely private and only visible within the sender’s organization.

ExploreMusic Feed

The ExploreMusic Feed is available on the DMDS Dashboard and is a portal that provides context and recommendations for music exploration and discovery. Curated by Alan Cross, ExploreMusic is also the destination for exclusive interviews with rocks biggest stars and the exciting up and comers.
About ExploreMusic:

ExploreMusic is a new web and radio service dedicated exclusively to music discovery. Hosted by Alan Cross, Canada's pre-eminent new rock expert and longtime host of The Ongoing History of New Music, ExploreMusic offers a resource for context, recommendation and artist/music exploration.

By leveraging the success of Canada's top two music documentary radio features - The Ongoing History of New Music and The Legends of Classic Rock - ExploreMusic features the latest music news and opinion, interviews with established and emerging artists, behind-the-scenes information, technology and a host of other music-related topics. We combine the power and reach of radio with the unlimited potential of the internet, connecting rock fans with music and each other.

For more about ExploreMusic visit

Private List Import

Do you create private destination lists by importing your own contacts to receive content on DMDS? Now the process includes error checking that allows you to correct typing errors on the fly!

List Import

What’s New?

  • You’re now able to import a list of users to your existing private lists on DMDS
  • When you use our template for the CSV files, the fields are automatically linked when you import the file
  • We’ve improved error handling so we now show you the number of good entries and the number of bad entries, before you import the list
  • You can now instantly edit imported data with any corrections. No more editing your source file and importing it again


Generating reports for your releases is now a much faster and easier experience with the improved search capabilities in DMDS Reporting.


We have added:

  • Auto-Select – Just start typing the name of your release and DMDS will show you possible matches
  • Select multiple releases by separating each entry with a semi-colon
  • More reports are now available to track your releases

Web Based Video Downloads

Recipients can now directly download MPG formatted videos from the DMDS website. These files are ideal for organizations or teams that do not require the full broadcast quality version of the file (i.e. for DVD, online playback, etc.).

Recipients can click the 'MPG WWW' button to download the video via their web browser (quality of file may vary between 8-15 mbit depending on the source material).

Video Downloads

While this improvement allows video to be downloaded with one mouse click, the DMDS App is still the best way to download for faster speeds or the 50mbit IMX (in an MXF OP1a container) files.


"You Run Away"-Barenaked Ladies-EMI

"Superman Tonight"-Bon Jovi-Universal

"Rock That Body"-The Black Eyed Peas-Universal

"The Hockey Theme"-Neil Peart-Universal

"Saint Veronika"-Billy Talent-Warner


"You Run Away"-Barenaked Ladies-EMI

"The Hockey Theme"-Neil Peart-Universal

"Stylo"-GORILLAZ feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack-EMI
"Saint Veronika"-Billy Talent-Warner

"Superman Tonight"-Bon Jovi-Universal


Alan Cross
Senior Program Director
Corus Interactive & Integrated Solutions

Alan Cross

Alan Cross is the Senior Program Director for Corus Interactive and Integrated Solutions, the online arm of the radio division of Corus Entertainment. Between 2004 and 2008, he was program director of 102.1 the Edge/Toronto, the second-biggest contemporary rock station in North America. He was named Program Director of the Year at Canadian Music Week in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

Alan is also the host of the acclaimed music documentary program, The Ongoing History of New Music, which debuted in February 1993. His current project is ExploreMusic and, a radio-and-web initiative dedicated to music discovery and music recommendation. There’s a daily half-hour radio show carried by the biggest rock stations across in Canada, a weekly national TV show on Aux-TV, a variety of podcasts and weekly national column in Metro newspapers.

Along the way, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock (U2, Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys, Killers, Kings of Leon, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Joe Strummer, Green Day, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, the Cure, Beck, Blur, Oasis, Trent Reznor, Courtney Love, Morrissey, New Order, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Green Day and countless others.)

Alan has also written four reference books on music, recorded four best-selling audio books for HarperCollins, appeared as music analyst on national and international TV, contributed to newspapers and magazines, writes a weekly national music column for the Metro commuter papers and speaks both at universities and colleges as well as for agencies and corporate business gatherings.

Alan on DMDS:

"My job is VERY ‘new media.’ If I have a laptop, a mic and an Internet connection, I can literally work from anywhere in the world at any time. DMDS helps that by offering me access to music that I need. I’m not sure how we lived without it."

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