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Samsung Introduces The First Complete Line Of Portable XM Satellite Radios With Mp3 Capability


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Samsung Helix XM2go takes portable audio to new level with live XM and MP3 music on the go; Samsung NEXUS players offer consumers an alternate convenient option for storing MP3s and XM content

Washington D.C., January 04, 2006 -- XM Satellite Radio and Samsung today introduced an impressive line of three new portable audio models that combine the content and capabilities of XM radio and a high quality MP3 player for the ultimate digital music experience.
The Samsung XM players offer the full capabilities of satellite radio and MP3 music, the two most popular forms of digital audio entertainment introduced over the past 20 years. Consumers finally have a converged solution that offers XM Satellite Radio’s 160 channels of commercial-free music and premier sports, news, and talk radio, and the ability to store and play their MP3 collection, all on one portable Samsung device.

The leading product in the Samsung XM product line is the Samsung Helix XM2go player. The Samsung Helix is a major breakthrough in consumer electronics, offering live XM reception for portable listening, and it stores MP3s, WMA files, and XM content for playback anywhere, anytime. Plus, Helix has a revolutionary feature that lets the user “bookmark” songs heard on XM for online purchase from the XM + Napster service.

“For the first time ever, you can listen to live satellite radio and play MP3s on a single, wearable device,” said Hugh Panero, President and CEO of XM Satellite Radio. “XM’s partnership with Samsung will deliver a portfolio of portable audio products that will fundamentally change the way people listen to music. You can play all of your favorite songs in your MP3 collection, and you can listen to live XM Satellite Radio, which introduces you to new artists and old favorites from all kinds of music genres, plus live sports, breaking news, stand-up comedy, and much, much more.”

“Samsung works diligently to identify opportunities in aligning our brand with reputable and exciting content providers,” said D.J Oh, President and CEO of SEA. “In an effort to offer products that enrich the digital audio experience, Samsung is thrilled about taking the next step with XM Satellite Radio and introducing a portable audio product that revolutionizes the way listeners will experience their satellite radio programs and MP3 music portably moving forward,”

The Samsung Helix (MSRP: $399.99) will be available in the first quarter of 2006.

In addition to Helix, Samsung and XM will offer a portable line of XMP3 digital audio players that receive live XM Radio reception when connected to a home docking station or car dock. The Samsung NEXUS players can store XM content, MP3s, and .wmas for portable listening. The Samsung NEXUS 25 player (MSRP: $199.99) stores up to 25 hours of XM programming, and the Samsung NEXUS 50 (MSRP: $249.99) stores 50 hours of XM content. Both will be available in the first quarter of 2006.

Like Helix, the Samsung NEXUS players allow the user to “bookmark” songs heard on XM for purchase from the XM + Napster online service.

Features of the Samsung Helix XM2go
The Samsung Helix XM2go player weighs approximately 4.5 ounces and measures approximately 3.7 inches high, 2.2 inches wide, and 0.6 inch deep. The Samsung Helix

features include:

Live XM Satellite Radio on the go, in the car, or at home
Flash memory for MP3 files, WMA files, and XM content; Samsung Helix can store up to 50 hours of XM programming.
Color display screen
Easy-to-use interface, which lets users save and delete content, create personal playlists, and find and play back their favorite songs
XM + Napster feature that allows users to bookmark the names of songs heard on XM, connect the Samsung Helix player to the PC, and purchase the bookmarked tracks instantly from the XM + Napster online service.
The ability to store XM content by song, by channel, or by scheduled session
Ability to create unique playlists with a mix of XM content and personal music collection
Enhanced storage features, which allow more recording sessions at various times, as well a memory buffer for “catching” the beginning of a song
Customizable stock ticker and sports ticker
Category list for saving and accessing favorite channels
TuneSelect, which alerts the listener to a favorite artist or song whenever it is played on any XM channel
Integrated, wireless FM transmitter for beaming XM to any FM radio frequency.
The Samsung Helix comes packaged with all of the accessories needed for portable or home use. An optional car docking station is available separately.
Features of the Samsung NEXUS XMP3 players
The compact Samsung NEXUS XMP3 players weigh approximately 4.4 ounces and measure approximately 3.4 inches high, 1.8 inches wide, and 0.6 inch deep. The Samsung NEXUS features include:

Live XM Satellite Radio when docked in a home or car docking station
Memory storage for XM content, MP3s, and .wmas for portable listening; NEXUS 25 stores up to 25 hours of XM content, and NEXUS 50 stores up to 50 hours of XM content
XM + Napster feature that allows users to bookmark the names of songs heard on XM, connect the Helix player to the PC, and purchase the bookmarked tracks instantly from the XM + Napster online service.
Easy-to-use interface, which lets users save and delete content, create personal playlists, and find and play back their favorite songs
The ability to store XM content by song, by channel, or by scheduled session
Ability to create unique playlists with a mix of XM content and personal music collection
Category list for saving and accessing favorite channels
The Samsung NEXUS players come packaged with the XM Passport mini tuner cartridge, which delivers XM programming to the Samsung NEXUS through the home docking station. The NEXUS comes with all the accessories needed for home and portable use. An optional car docking station with wireless FM transmitter is available separately.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., markets a broad range of award-winning, advanced digital consumer electronics, information systems and home appliance products. The SEA organization oversees the North American operations of Samsung including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,600 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About XM Satellite Radio
XM (Nasdaq: XMSR) is America’s number one satellite radio service. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM offers 160 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, premier sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. XM’s industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio’s service, the Company’s dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.’s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 11-07-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio’s Investor Relations Department.



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