Athena MP3 Learning is Music to Employees’ Ears - Audio Versions of AthenaOnline Lessons Make for Truly Portable Knowledge Delivery

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AthenaOnline announced today that all of their SmartByteÂ? videos now have MP3 audio versions available for download to personal digital devices. With over 700 video lessons from over 50 faculty, on subjects ranging from creativity to Sarbanes-Oxley, the new MP3 delivery will add significantly to the value of the Athena platform.

AthenaOnline announced today that all of their SmartByte™ videos now have MP3 audio versions available for download to personal digital devices. Athena’s SmartBytes deliver short (less than 5 minutes), targeted, lessons on business from leading faculty using streaming video, audio and animation. With over 700 video lessons from over 50 faculty, on subjects ranging from creativity to Sarbanes-Oxley, the new MP3 delivery will add significantly to the value of the Athena platform.

“The new MP3 delivery is a part of our vision for delivering knowledge where and when it is needed most,” says AthenaOnline CEO Jon Peters. “We had looked at streaming video to handheld devices, but with hundreds of different operating systems and dozens of competing video formats we realized that the most universal delivery would be to use MP3. Now people can take Athena knowledge with them on their iPod®, Palm Powered® or Pocket PC devices, even their cell phone.”

Indeed, iSuppli has reported that over 57.7 million MP3 devices are expected to ship in 2005, up from 36.8 million in 2004. Even cell phone manufacturers are jumping with both feet as Nokia recently announced that 40% of their new phones will double as MP3 players.

The AthenaOnline platform delivers a customized knowledge portal to organizations that need to get information out to employees quickly, helping them to make better and faster business decisions. It includes access to over 1,200 SmartBytes and articles. Athena’s customers include organizations such as Fireman’s Fund, the US Air Force, New York Life, Government of Ontario, and Moneris Solutions.

SmartByte is a registered trademark of AthenaOnline.com, iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc., Palm Powered is a registered trademark of PalmSource, Inc. or its affiliates, or its licensor, Palm Trademark Holding Company.

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