Audible Announces Support for Creative MuVo TX, MuVo TX FM, MuVo Micro, and MuVo Slim Digital Audio Players
WAYNE, NJ -- 12/28/2004 -- Audible, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBL), the leading provider of digitally delivered spoken word audio, today announced that the Creative MuVo TX, MuVo TX FM, MuVo Micro, and MuVo Slim portable digital audio players are now fully AudibleReady(R) and compatible with the Audible(R) Internet audio service.
“We are delivering on our commitment to working with Creative to bring Audible content and services to more Creative audio players,” said Foy Sperring, senior vice president, Strategic Alliances, Audible, Inc. “We intend to continue to enhance the experiences of owning Creative digital audio devices with Audible’s end-to-end technology and a consistent flow of world-class premium listening.”
“By deepening Audible’s valued relationship with Creative to include support for the popular MuVo TX and MuVo Micro devices, we give users the ability to enjoy great literature and publications on a portable player,” said Lisa O’Malley, senior brand manager for portable media, Creative Labs. “Compatibility between Creative Labs’ MuVo TX, MuVo TX FM, MuVo Micro, and MuVo Slim and the audible.com audio service represents our focus on integrating the best premium online audio services with state-of-the-art devices.”
In a co-marketing effort for Audible’s flagship AudibleListener(R) flat-rate monthly membership program, users of MuVo TX, MuVo TX FM, MuVo Micro, and MuVo Slim players will be offered one free month of AudibleListener, Audible’s unique membership plan that offers audio programming online that would otherwise cost more than $50 on tape or CD. Users will be able to choose between PremiumListener(R), a package of any two audiobooks from Audible’s industry-leading collection of 6,000 titles (regularly $21.95), or BasicListener(R), one audiobook and one 1-month subscription (regularly $14.95) from Audible’s Subscription Center.
All Creative MuVo TX, MuVo TX FM, MuVo Micro, and MuVo Slim players are ’field upgradeable,’ meaning that users of these devices who go to www.audible.com/software and install the free AudibleManager desktop software can install a firmware upgrade that enables storage and playback of Audible’s valuable audio programs.
The MuVo 256MB devices can store and play more than 30 hours of Audible’s audio files in Audible Format 3, while the MuVo 512MB devices have the capacity to store and play more than 60 hours of Audible audio. The MuVo Micro 1 GB device can store and play back more than 125 hours of Audible’s downloadable audiobooks and other spoken word audio programs.
Audible.com, recently named the best consumer Web service by CNet.com and one of the “Best of Today’s Web” by PC World, features daily audio editions of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times -- available on a subscription basis in time for the morning drive to work each day--as well as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American, and Fast Company. The site offers a powerful collection of audiobook best sellers and classics by authors such as Tom Clancy, Stephen King, John Grisham, Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, the Dalai Lama, David McCullough, Stephen Hawking, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Jane Austen. There are also speeches, lectures, and on-demand radio programs including Marketplace, All Things Considered, Car Talk, Fresh Air and This American Life, and original shows such as RobinWilliams@audible.com. All of the programs at audible.com are available for computer-based playback, burning to audio CD, and on-the-go listening using numerous AudibleReady(R) portable digital audio players offered by leading consumer electronics and computer manufacturers.
About Audible, Inc.:
Audible(R) (www.audible.com(R)) is the Internet’s leading premium spoken audio source. Content from Audible is downloaded and played back on personal computers, CDs, or AudibleReady(R) computer-based mobile devices. Audible has 58,000 hours of audio programs from more than 180 content partners that include leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible.com is Amazon.com’s and the Apple iTunes Music Store’s pre-eminent provider of spoken word products for downloading or streaming via the Web. Additionally, the Company is strategically aligned with Random House, Inc. in the first-ever imprint to produce spoken word content specifically suited for digital distribution, Random House Audible. Among the Company’s key business relationships are Apple Corp., Bertelsmann AG, Creative Labs, Holtzbrinck Networxs, Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft Corporation, palmOne, Inc., PhatNoise Inc., RealNetworks, Inc., Rio Audio, Roxio, Inc., Sony Electronics, Texas Instruments Inc., and VoiceAge Corporation.
Audible, www.audible.com, AudibleListener, PremiumListener, BasicListener, and AudibleReady are registered trademarks of Audible, Inc. and all are part of the family of Audible, Inc. trademarks. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
This press release contains information about Audible, Inc. that is not historical fact and may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements about the company. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in any forward-looking statements as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, Audible’s limited operating history, history of losses, uncertain market for its services, and its inability to license or produce compelling audio content and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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