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Motorola unveils iRadio
Posted: 03-Jan-2006 [Source: Motorola]

[Motorola's iRadio subscription music service offering 435 commercial-free radio channels set to launch this year using the Rokr E2.]

Las Vegas -- Motorola revolutionizes radio with the public introduction of the award-winning Motorola iRadio, a subscription music service that seamlessly moves from home, to car stereo, to wireless headphones -- powered from the one device you're never without: your mobile handset.

Motorola iRadio is initially launching with 435 commercial-free radio channels, already one of the widest selections of subscription music entertainment available. The service's unique delivery platform enables it to bring content portability together with acquisition and discovery of music. This creates a powerful new medium for artists and labels to directly connect with fans, and for wireless service providers to deepen relationships with subscribers.

"Motorola iRadio is truly a revolution in digital radio -- offering more choice, higher audio quality than satellite radio, and features that allow listeners to identify and purchase the music they like," said Mike Gaumond, vice president and general manager, Motorola Digital Media Services. "Today, we've taken a giant leap beyond traditional and Internet-delivered radio by introducing a single service that incorporates incredible choice, the discovery of new music, impulse acquisition, and seamless portability."

LISTEN WHEREVER YOU ARE. Using Bluetooth wireless technology, a user's customized choice of content moves automatically from the phone, through the car stereo, across the home stereo system or on-the-go. When a call is received on the phone, the music is automatically paused, resuming after the call has been completed.

"Motorola iRadio lets us deliver top-rated talk content and custom music channels to listeners wherever they are throughout their day," explains Jeff Littlejohn, executive vice president at Clear Channel Radio. "Whether they're underground in a subway tunnel or traveling outside their local radio market, they can still take along their favorite Clear Channel Radio content. We believe iRadio is an important addition to the choices now available to consumers and the service has our unqualified support."

Motorola offers optional Bluetooth accessories to extend iRadio, including stereo headphones for on-the-go use, an adapter for a home stereo, and a wireless car kit compatible with virtually all car stereos from major manufacturers such as Pioneer, Alpine, Sony and Kenwood.

"Motorola has really raised the bar for consumer choice and portability," said David Del Beccaro, president and CEO of Music Choice. "We're thrilled to be a part of this radio revolution."

Bringing Together Music Discovery and Acquisition

UNPARALLELED CHOICE. Motorola iRadio's initial 435 commercial-free channels cover genres and styles that break the mold of competing radio services. Consumers can personalize their radio listening by choosing from a comprehensive selection of musical styles, including:

-- Over 40 styles of Rock, from Grunge to Heavy Metal to Hair Bands to Classic Rock

-- Twelve different Jazz stations, from the fusion sounds of Miles Davis to the smooth stylings of Lee Ritenour and David Sanborn

-- Individual artist channels, such as 12 stations featuring the music of Nashville's top Country stars

-- Genre channels for every decade since the 1900's

-- Specialty channels spotlighting specific themes such as 1 Hit Wonders, Rockin' Cowboys, Just Broke Up, and Angry Women

EXPANDING SELECTION. Unlike other radio services, iRadio's proprietary technology frees it from bandwidth limitations. This means the service can offer a nearly unlimited selection of channels, and new ones can be added without removing older ones. Motorola currently has a number of new channels in development to expand iRadio the service offering even further.

GET HEARD. The Motorola iRadio platform also allows independent artists, radio personalities and talk show hosts to create their own iRadio channels. The Motorola iRadio Get Heard Network provides a digitally protected distribution channel for music and spoken word artists to expand their audiences and to be discovered by new listeners.

New Options for Monetizing Content

DIRECT CONNECTION BETWEEN ARTISTS AND FANS. Motorola iRadio establishes a more personal connection between artists and fans. Listeners can go far beyond the Top 40 to discover new genres and artists. Labels now have a new, low-cost forum for introducing music or reviving long forgotten songs from the back catalog.

Legendary multi-platinum musician Graham Nash, who will contribute music and interview material to an upcoming Crosby, Stills, and Nash channel, noted that, "Motorola iRadio is a fantastic new way for us to reach our fans with our music. We can improvise, and experiment, and let the people decide what they like to listen to."

Another exclusive independent artist channel is produced by Academy Award- winning writer, actor, director, and musician, Billy Bob Thornton. "Motorola iRadio is the best thing to happen for variety in music since Jimmy Hendrix opened for the Monkees," said Thornton. "This is radio like it used to be, like it's supposed to be."

NAME THAT TUNE. Listeners can bookmark an individual song by simply pressing a button on their phone or car stereo, making it easy to recall the name of a long-forgotten favorite or to discover a new artist. Artist, album and song information along with offers to purchase downloads, CDs or even concert tickets will appear on the iRadio "Wish List" viewed on the computer.

SECURE PLAYBACK. Motorola iRadio's proprietary rights management technology offers content owners and artists an advantage. Using the single- play model of radio, labels can introduce consumers to new content and be protected from piracy and unauthorized file-sharing.

Completing the Wireless Carrier Music Offering

ACQUISITION AT THE POINT OF DISCOVERY. Motorola iRadio completes the music service ecosystem for the wireless carrier, by placing the element of discovery right on the mobile device. Carriers can now introduce subscribers to new music played from the handset, and drive them to their wireless music store for over-the-air acquisition of the tune they just heard. For example, listeners can hear a song on their car stereo, and simply press a key to purchase and download the track over-the-air.

INCREASED REVENUE AND CUSTOMER RETENTION. Wireless carriers can extend their relationship with the customer beyond the handset, by offering a branded music service that's accessible from the mobile phone and the car stereo. This seamless service offers the opportunity to increase customer loyalty and monthly subscription revenue.

TURNKEY. Motorola iRadio has aggregated hundreds of channels of content through agreements with major labels and other producers, and continues to develop compelling new content. Carriers can differentiate and customize iRadio's vast selection to enhance their existing music offerings.

EASY TO DEPLOY. Motorola iRadio can be deployed to subscribers through a simple software application that can be downloaded to a handset over-the-air.

NETWORK EFFICIENT. Motorola iRadio combines over-the-air delivery with a sophisticated caching system that reduces the cost of delivery for wireless carriers.

Award-Winning Variety, Innovation and User Experience

The Motorola iRadio Service was recently honored as the "Best Radio Service" at the 2005 Digital Entertainment and Media Excellence Awards, recognized by a panel of judges from across the entertainment and digital media industries as the "the best radio service (digital, Internet, satellite or other format) with respect to variety, innovation and user experience." Other finalists in this category included XM Satellite Radio, America Online's AOL Radio Network, and Yahoo! LAUNCHcast Music Radio Service.

The award ceremony was part of the two-day Digital Entertainment and Media Expo (DEMXPO), co-sponsored by Billboard Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, AdWeek, Nielsen Entertainment and Digital Media Wire.

Availability

Consumers can subscribe to the Motorola iRadio Service by simply tapping an icon on an iRadio-enabled mobile phone, available through wireless service providers later this year. Individuals interested in previewing the Motorola iRadio service now may contact iradio@motorola.com.

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