Digital media company Loudeye Technologies said Monday it has appointed John Baker as president and chief executive officer. Seattle-based Loudeye said Baker replaces David Bullis, who resigned to pursue family and personal interests. Baker has held various management positions in Internet technology, software publishing and private equity investing companies, including GT Interactive Software, Activision and Digital Media Campus.
The announcement comes shortly after Loudeye said it completed its acquisition of DiscoverMusic, a Seattle-based company that provides databases of song samples and album-cover art. Loudeye, which helps companies digitize and distribute video and audio media, said the combined company will host the databases of song samples, which include more than 2.5 million samples from approximately 190,000 CDs. Loudeye also said it will provide a video sampling service for movie trailers in both Windows Media and RealAudio formats.