D-Link MediaLounge Wireless Media Player Now 100% Compatible With Popular Rhapsody Music Service
Fountain Valley, CA and Seattle, WA, October 14, 2004 - D -Link, the global leader in consumer network connectivity, today announced a partnership with RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), the leading creator of digital media services and software, to offer RealNetworks' award -winning Rhapsody® service on the best -selling D -Link MediaLounge Wireless Media Player (DSM -320). Using the D -Link Wireless Media Player together with Rhapsody, a full -featured Internet music service, consumers can effortlessly browse the artists and albums in their personal Rhapsody library, or quickly access the custom radio stations and playlists they have created using the Rhapsody service through their television and home stereo system. Rhapsody will be available to MediaLounge Player customers for a thirty -day trial period, after which D -Link customers can subscribe to the service for $9.99/month.
"We are pleased to be working with D -Link, a networking company who is at the forefront of the digital media industry with a leading market position in consumer connectivity," said Tim Bratton, general manager of wireless music delivery, RealNetworks, Inc. "We are excited to offer Rhapsody subscribers the added benefit of enjoying their music from anywhere in the home with the D -Link MediaLounge player."
"We are excited to be working with RealNetworks and incorporating support for the Rhapsody service into the MediaLounge wireless media player," said John DiFrenna, director of business development for D -Link Systems, Inc. "Delivering on -demand content from our partners is a key to the success of the MediaLounge player, and the Rhapsody service delivers an impressive new entertainment option to our customers."
Rhapsody is an Internet jukebox service that gives music fans unlimited access to a vast library of music from both major and independent record labels. Subscribers can stream as much music as they want from Rhapsody's library of more than 775,000 songs, as well as purchase favorite tunes for just 79 cents per song; more than 700,000 songs in the Rhapsody library are currently available for purchase. In addition to burning full albums or custom -mix CDs, Rhapsody subscribers can build their own custom Internet radio stations, listen to professionally programmed stations, and browse extensive music information and editorial recommendations. Rhapsody is the first on -demand digital music subscription service to enable consumers to control and listen to the service via their home entertainment systems.
The D -Link MediaLounge Wireless Media Player (DSM -320) resides within a home entertainment center and connects to the television and/or stereo using standard A/V or S -video cables. For users with high -end entertainment systems, the D -Link DSM -320 supports component video, optical digital audio and coaxial digital audio connections. Using the included remote control and step -by -step TV interface, it is then easily connected to a home network via 802.11g wireless, or if preferred, through standard Ethernet cabling.
The D -Link MediaLounge DSM -320 unites the network with a home entertainment center, allowing consumers to share, access, and enjoy digital media, whether it is music, videos, or photos. Rhapsody subscribers can now use D -Link's MediaLounge Wireless Media Player to enhance their digital entertainment experience by accessing their personal Rhapsody library of Rhapsody digital music from anywhere in the home.
D -Link MediaLounge Wireless Media Players have earned Microsoft Windows Media Connect certification for streaming premium digital entertainment. The Windows Media Connect certification includes support of Digital Rights Management 10 (DRM -10) to ensure the safe delivery of copyright protected digital content and on -demand entertainment streamed over broadband Internet.
Price and Availability
The D -Link MediaLounge Wireless Media Player (DSM -320) is currently available through authorized retail, reseller and distribution partners at $199.99 Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and comes with a 3 Year Warranty and absolutely FREE 24/7 Technical Support including firmware updates.
About RealNetworks, Inc.
RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software including the award -winning Rhapsody Internet jukebox service and RealPlayer 10. Consumers can access and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks' consumer software at http://www.real.com. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. RealNetworks' systems and corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com.
About D -Link Systems, Inc.
D -Link is the global leader in total products shipped for consumer networking connectivity according to reports published by the Synergy Research Group. D -Link is the worldwide leader and award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With more than a million square feet of manufacturing capacity and millions of Ethernet adapters, hubs and switch ports, manufactured and shipped, D -Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D -Link U.S.A., Canadian, and Mexico headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708. Phone (800) 326 -1688 or (714) 885 -6000; FAX (866) 743 -4905; Internet www.dlink.com.