Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) November 9, 2004
AudioFeast, first to market with a portable Internet radio service for MP3 players, mobile devices and PCs, today announced the launch of its portable music service. Consumers for the first time can use an MP3 player to listen to premier Internet and terrestrial programming, including over 100 channels of popular, commercial-free, digital quality music. The company also announced a strategic collaboration with iRiver America, a global leader in portable digital audio devices, to deliver AudioFeast compatibility with iRiverÂs iFP-700 series and iFP-800 series flash-based MP3 players.
Unlike online music stores that require songs and albums to be purchased and downloaded one at a time, AudioFeast customers subscribe to a wide range of programming that is automatically refreshed on a portable device. They gain easy access to a vast library of music without incurring the effort and expense of having to find, purchase and download each and every song. To encourage consumers to try out its new experience, AudioFeast has created a free Basic Service, complete with 60-minute channels of popular music, news, sports and entertainment programming.
ÂOur goal is to reignite the passion consumers once felt for radio. By expanding and improving consumer entertainment options, we can continue to fuel consumer adoption of the MP3 player,Â said Tom Carhart, chief executive officer at AudioFeast. ÂOur research shows that Internet listeners have an especially deep passion for specific and established programming, and an equally strong desire to make that content portable. Now for the first time they can enjoy their favorite shows anytime, anywhere for one low price.Â
Vast Library of Premier Programming
AudioFeastÂs new music service aggregates programming from more than 50 partners, including the most popular Internet radio stations, nationally syndicated shows and an assortment of independent media outlets and programs from around the globe.
Music channels cover a wide variety of genres, from alternative, classic rock and jazz to eclectic shows, multiple Reggae formats, dozens of electronic subgenres and much more. AudioFeast premier programs include: Digitally Imported, one of the most listened to stations on the Web featuring electronic dance music; Iceberg Radio, one of North AmericaÂs largest radio station operators delivering music channels across a variety of genres; Smoothjazz.com, a deep mix of jazz, R&B and pop; Putumayo World Music Hour, an internationally-syndicated program that takes listeners on a global musical journey; and World CafÃ©, an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk and alternative country.
With each channel selected, customers receive hours of music that can be enjoyed from the desktop or transferred to a select MP3 player. Time-shifting features, which are available for most channels, enable consumers to easily pause and skip programs or songs, or save them for later listening. Content is constantly refreshed on a weekly, daily or hourly basis, depending on the show, so itÂs always ready to listen to anytime, anywhere.
AudioFeast makes it easy for consumers to discover new programs. An online Audio Library presents a program line-up featuring more than 400 music, news, sports and entertainment channels, recommends similar programs to explore, and provides a free sample of each.
iRiver America Delivers AudioFeast-Compatible MP3 Players
iRiver America and AudioFeast have collaborated to develop the firmware necessary to launch the first portable Internet radio experience on iRiverÂs flash-based MP3 players. Firmware updates to selected iRiver flash memory music players will be available from AudioFeast, with packaging updates to follow later in the year.
ÂiRiver is dedicated to providing our customers with the most listening options,Â said Jonathan Sasse, president of iRiver America. ÂBy supporting AudioFeast in our devices, iRiver customers now have access to over 400 channels of commercial-free programming on our flash-memory players.Â
Pricing and Availability
To experience AudioFeast at no charge, simply visit http://www.audiofeast.com and sign up for the free Basic Service. This offer provides consumers with eight, 60-minute channels of popular music and news programs. Music channels currently feature shows from Digitally Imported, HITZ RADIO, Iceberg Radio, Smoothjazz.com and World CafÃ©. News sample programming includes shows from the Wall Street Journal, American Public MediaÂs Marketplace PM and Sporting News. Information about extended subscription packages is available at http://www.audiofeast.com.
AudioFeast is first to market with a portable Internet radio service for MP3 players, mobile devices and PCs. The service features more than 400 channels of Âall you can listen toÂ music news, sports, and entertainment programming. Built on its patent pending Virtual Broadcast Network, AudioFeast delivers popular programs to a variety of portable devices, and over networks, with far greater ease-of-use, reliability and cost efficiency than traditional distribution methods. Founded in 2002, the company is privately funded. For information call (650) 940-9418 or visit http://www.audiofeast.com.
Krause Taylor Associates
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