Audible Launches Digital Audio Content for Sony Ericsson’s Next Generation Symbian Handsets
WAYNE, N.J. — Sony Ericsson’s new line of Symbian OS-based phones provides customers around the world with access to more than 100,000 hours of digital audio from Audible
Audible, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBL)(www.audible.com), the leading provider of spoken entertainment and information on the Internet, today announced that Sony Ericsson has selected Audible as a preload partner for its new Symbian OS v9.1 and UIQ 3.0-based phones. The AudibleReady(R) application will be made available on the Memory Stick of the P990 smartphone and M600 messaging device, as well as on an in-box CD with the W950 Walkman(R) phone. Customers who have purchased these Sony Ericsson handsets will now have access to Audible’s digital audio content service over-the-air, via WiFi (on the P990), or as desktop downloads.
The three Sony Ericsson phones will be preloaded with Try & Buy* content from Audible.com, Audible.co.uk, Audible.de, and Audible.fr. Audible is one of the first digital content providers to produce software for the new UIQ 3.0 software platform. This agreement enables Sony Ericsson customers around the world to access more than 100,000 hours of Audible’s premium digital content.
As part of the Try & Buy agreement, Audible is offering Sony Ericsson customers five-minute samples of titles in four different languages (French, German, English, and Spanish), from popular works such as The Cell by Stephen King, Freakonomics by Stephen D. Levitt, J’peux pas plaire a tout le monde by Guy Carlier, Die Begnadigung by John Grisham and La Vida Secreta de las Abejas by Sue Monk Kidd. Audible will also provide Sony Ericsson customers with a free 30-day trial to the Audible service at www.audible.com/sonyericsson/m600
“Audible is already a best-selling digital audio service available for several other platforms on the market. Sony Ericsson’s UIQ 3.0-based phones are the ultimate PDA replacements and we believe audiobooks will become a huge success across our range of Symbian OS-based phones. This type of application benefits not only our W950 Walkman phone with its powerful media player, but the P990 and M600 phones as well, as different audiobook and news content can be targeted towards more business-oriented audiences,” says Ulf Wretling, Director and Head of Content Planning & Management at Sony Ericsson.
“We are very excited to have Sony Ericsson as a new partner,” said Chia-Lin Simmons, Vice President of Strategic Alliances of Audible, Inc. “The M600 messaging device and P990 smartphone are stylish new handsets with a focus on the busy professional, and clearly a great fit for our global service. We are also excited to bring our extensive library of digital content to the Walkman phone offering.”
* Availability may vary from market to market due to legal, language, and localization issues or service coverage.
About Audible, Inc.
Audible (www.audible.com) is the leading provider of spoken entertainment and information on the Internet. Content from Audible is downloaded and played back on personal computers, CDs, or AudibleReady(R) computer-based mobile devices. Audible has 100,000 hours of audio programming from 318 content partners, including leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible.com is the Apple iTunes Music Store’s preeminent provider of spoken products for downloading or streaming via the Web. Among Audible’s other key business relationships are Bookspan, Creative Labs, Dell, iriver, Microsoft, Palm, SanDisk, Texas Instruments, and XM Satellite Radio.
Audible, www.audible.com, www.audible.co.uk, AudibleListener, and AudibleReady are registered trademarks of Audible, Inc. and all are part of the family of Audible, Inc. trademarks. Sony Ericsson is the trademark or registered trademark of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. Walkman is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Symbian, UIQ, and all Symbian OS-based marks and logos are trademarks of Symbian Limited. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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