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Old 07-26-2005, 10:10 AM   #1
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Default Samsung offers first MP3 players with XM Satellite Radio

Samsung Electronics Partners With XM Satellite Radio to Offer Samsung's First MP3 Players With XM Satellite Radio

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. and WASHINGTON, July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading global manufacturer of consumer electronics products, today announced a strategic alliance with XM Satellite Radio to introduce its first MP3 players with XM Satellite Radio capability.

The relationship entails the production of two miniature flash memory Samsung players that will utilize XM's Connect-and-Play technology. Both players will come with an XM Radio home accessory kit, which allows the device to receive XM's 150-plus radio channels of commercial-free music, plus news, talk and entertainment programming, in the home. Samsung's new players will be available in two storage capacity sizes and are anticipated to be available by year's end.

The alliance will combine the capabilities of downloading digital audio music with XM Satellite Radio's critically-acclaimed line-up of commercial- free music and premier sports, news, and talk radio channels. When the players are connected to a home or car docking station, users will be able to store digital audio content available on XM. The recorded content can be played anywhere, allowing subscribers to enjoy XM programming in places where the XM signal may not be available, such as the subway. In addition, the Samsung players enable the end user to store songs from his or her personal digital music collection, including digital music files (MP3 files and .wma files) purchased from a variety of digital music services.

XM Satellite Radio allows subscribers to discover and rediscover music. Using the Samsung XM/digital audio players, XM subscribers can identify selected songs heard on the XM Satellite Radio service for purchase through a music downloading service. The Samsung players also allow users to create and manage customized playlists, combining both personal digital music files and recorded XM programming.

"Samsung is known for its award-winning line of digital audio players, and we are proud to take the next step with them in the evolution of portable XM Satellite Radio products. Now, consumers can enjoy XM's live programming plus music from their personal digital music collections in one easy-to-use, elegant player," said Hugh Panero, President and CEO of XM Satellite Radio.

"Samsung's innovation and quality standards are world renowned and these products represent our latest breakthrough into satellite radio technology," said D.J Oh, President and CEO of SEA. "XM's award-winning programming and technology provide us with a unique opportunity to offer products that empower consumers and fundamentally change the way people listen to music."

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, advanced digital consumer electronics, information systems and home appliance products. The SEA organization oversees the North American operations of Samsung including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. Please visit for more information.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,000 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

About XM Satellite Radio
XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR) is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 4.4 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, D.C., New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2005 lineup includes more than 150 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, plus premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 120 different vehicle models for 2005. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-4-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.
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My guess is that it is small since it doesn't have the XM chip in it. Interesting idea -- bypassing the MyFi portability and focusing on MP3 and XM recording. I looked at the thread on XM411 -- seems to be a debate about a pay-per-download service. I think that both services will head in that direction at some point.
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Cache and store definitely eliminates the size issue.

I predict we'll continue to see less reliance on 'live satellite' listening, and a trend toward podcasting and time shifting both talk and music programming.

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I agree, I have been really shocked how much I use the Pioneer Airware with the recorded music and talk programs. Its so cool being able to listen to special programming on my schedule rather than being forced to listen to it live. I too can see a move to this only expanding as time goes on.

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The more interesting part of this deal is the integration with Napster's digital music service:

"Napster is excited to work with XM to create a cutting-edge product that merges the best of online and satellite music into one great, integrated experience," said Chris Gorog, Napster's chief executive, in a press release. The new service, called "XM+Napster," will be "nirvana for passionate music fans," Gorog said.

The deals with Samsung and Napster are part of a larger strategy to "enhance the ability to listen to XM in different environments," XM chief executive Hugh Panero said in an interview.

XM's more than 4.4 million subscribers pay $12.95 a month to receive more than 150 channels of news, entertainment, sports and music. XM also works with electronics manufacturers to develop receivers for automobiles and home stereo systems. Last year, Delphi Corp. introduced the first personal satellite radio receiver called the Delphi MyFi. The device XM is developing with Samsung will allow consumers to listen to live XM content when the device is plugged in to an XM-ready car stereo or to a home antenna. Consumers can mark songs they hear for purchase. When they return it to a docking station connected to a computer, the device will download the music from the XM+Napster service. Consumers also will be able to record live XM content, but they will not be able to transfer those songs to other devices or burn them onto compact discs. Currently, consumers can buy satellite radio receivers that also play content in the MP3 format, but don't offer the ability to download. Or they can buy satellite radio receivers that can record what they hear on XM but that can't be transferred to another device.

XM officials said they do not yet have detailed pricing for the device or for music purchased through the XM+Napster service.

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I'm hoping that this deal paves the way for an alliance between Apple/Itunes and Sirius.
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I'm hoping that this deal paves the way for an alliance between Apple/Itunes and Sirius.
Exactly what I was thinking. Seems like it would be a kick-in-the-pants to the two of them.
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