Toshiba's Mobile Digital Audio Player Integrates With Liquid(TM) Audio|
15 March, 2000
REDWOOD CITY Calif. and TOKYO, (Mar. 15, 2000)-- Toshiba Corporation and Liquid Audio, Inc. (Nasdaq: LQID) have announced that support for Liquid Audio's Internet music delivery system will be integrated into the mobile digital audio player that Toshiba today launched in the Japanese market. This cooperation between the two companies will allow consumers using Toshiba's new player to download LiquidTM Music from the Internet for copyright-protected playback.
Toshiba's new digital audio player, MEA110AS, is the world's first AAC- and MP3-compatible mobile audio player to feature an SD memory card slot. The SD memory card, a new breed of postage-stamp-sized, high-density flash memory card, supports Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM), an advanced copy protection technology.
LiquidTM Audio's sophisticated electronic distribution and digital rights management system supports the digital delivery of music in all popular media formats, including MP3, AAC and others. Using LiquidTM Player software, consumers will be able to download music from 1,000 record labels and play it back on Toshiba portable products.
"Integration of Liquid Audio's popular music distribution system with our new portable products will allow our customers to enjoy an unrivalled range of digital music," said Mr. Masao Suga, general manager, Toshiba's Digital Home Products Division.
"Liquid Audio's music delivery system simplifies the consumer experience by enabling access to music in the widest range of digital music formats," said Phil Wiser, chief technology officer at Liquid Audio, Inc. "Together, Toshiba and Liquid Audio are making it easy for consumers using new devices from Toshiba, a leading consumer electronics company, to access and playback a broad selection of CD-quality music."
MEA110AS supports both AAC, high-quality sound compression for music distribution and digital satellite broadcasts that will start later this year, and MP3, today's most widely used format for digital music on the Internet.
Toshiba's new digital music player will be available from April 22, initially in Japan.
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