Iriver And Realnetworks Release Clix Rhapsody
Reigncom, Ltd., maker of the popular iriver portable multimedia devices, and leading digital entertainment services company RealNetworks®, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) today announced the launch of the clix Rhapsody, a second-generation iriver clix digital entertainment device optimized for the Rhapsody digital music service. The enhanced iriver clix Rhapsody supports a variety of music discovery features that promote an engaging digital music experience. The clix Rhapsody is available now through select online outlets including Amazon.com.
“We are excited to be launching the new clix Rhapsody,” said Mr. Sean Kim, CEO of Reigncom, Ltd. “With Rhapsody DNA technologies, we are able to introduce a number of new features to enhance the consumer’s digital music experience by providing intuitive ways to discover and enjoy new music directly on the device.”
iriver recently introduced the second-generation of its popular clix, earning a variety of accolades from the digital music industry and retaining its distinction as one of the highest rated flash-based MP4 players on the market. The redesigned clix features iriver’s patented Direct-Click navigation, a vivid 2.2" Active-Matrix OLED screen providing for quick response times and wider viewing angles, FM Radio, support for a wide variety of audio and video file formats, as well as SRS WOW sound enhancement technology for the best possible audio experience.
The clix Rhapsody includes a number of features that promote easy music discovery through the device. The clix Rhapsody automatically updates with personalized new music each time it is connected to the Rhapsody digital music service. Consumers can rate songs, albums and artists directly on the device. The clix Rhapsody also displays album art and Rhapsody’s critically-acclaimed editorial reviews, providing consumers with a rich digital music experience anywhere they go.
The clix Rhapsody is available with 4 GB of flash memory capacity for $189.99. iriver customers who have purchased a second-generation clix device prior to the Rhapsody integration can enable these new features with a free firmware upgrade, available from iriveramerica.com.
“From new generation MP3 players to in-home networked devices and set top boxes, Real is committed to making Rhapsody available everywhere you want to play music,” said Kevin Nakao, vice president of music services, RealNetworks. “We are delighted to welcome Reigncom’s feature-rich iriver clix to the family of Rhapsody-enhanced devices.”
RealNetworks pioneered the unlimited access music service model, and currently leads the market for those services with more than 2.675 million subscribers for Rhapsody and its other premium music services. Since launching in 2001, Rhapsody has received multiple industry awards and honors. In 2006, Rhapsody earned Billboard’s Digital Entertainment Media and Marketing Excellence award for the Best Downloadable or Subscription Music Service, Entertainment Weekly named Rhapsody one of its “25 Best Music Websites,” and PC World honored Rhapsody with a 2006 World Class Award in its annual list of “100 Best Products.”
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