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RioPort to Add Subscription-Based Online Music to Its PulseOne Service

First Music ASP to Deliver Full Service Offerings for Consumers to "Try, Rent or Buy Digital Music Anywhere" (November 28, 2001)
RioPort, Inc., a music application service provider (ASP), has announced that it is on track to launch online music subscriptions as part of its PulseOne Service through e-tail partners in early 2002. RioPort, which struck licensing deals with all five major record labels for commercial downloads in April 2001, currently offers the largest catalog of major label music downloads for sale on the Internet today through leading online e-tailers and music-oriented sites.

RioPort's PulseOne Service already includes "try-it" options, such as streaming samples and promotional downloads that timeout after 30 days, as well as industry leading "buy-it" options, with the largest catalog of major label singles and album downloads. RioPort is also the leader at making it possible for consumers to enjoy their digital music selections "anywhere" by offering the widest support for portable audio players, music phones and digital stereos.

"When RioPort launches its subscription feature, we will add the `rent-it' piece to our PulseOne Service, delivering all the key components that enable e-tailers to offer an integrated and flexible music offering with the choices and portability essential to building strong consumer acceptance," said Jim Long, president and CEO of RioPort, Inc. "RioPort's PulseOne Service is designed to support the varied initiatives of both e-tailers and content owners so they can best determine how to present digital music to consumers."

RioPort's upcoming digital music subscription offering will be the newest media distribution/delivery feature of the company's PulseOne Service. RioPort's service aggregates/distributes commercial music downloads and provides the e-commerce and delivery infrastructure needed for music sales by major e-tailers and online sites, including, Hewlett-Packard,,,, Radio Free Virgin and SONICBlue, among others.

In April 2001, RioPort announced that it was the first music ASP to sign commercial download agreements with all five major record labels. That same month, RioPort announced its Direct-to-Device (d2d(TM)) technology, a first-of-its-kind patent pending technology that ensures the protected delivery of digital music downloads for playback on secure non-PC devices, such as portable digital audio players and enabled cellular phones. d2d delivery can be fulfilled via a pass through device such as a PC or set top box or directly to the destination device with its own direct Internet connection, such as a hi-fi component with a broadband connection or a mobile phone with a wireless connection. RioPort's device partners include Compaq, Nike, Nokia, Samsung, Sanyo and SONICblue, among others.

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