March 19, 2004

music downloads

Rio and Partner to Offer Free Music Downloads to Customers

Free Music Download Selection Includes Unprecedented Catalog to Choose From

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Mar 10, 2004 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Rio Audio, a leading provider of Digital Music Players, and, one of the world's largest legal music download stores for PC users, today announced a partnership for free music downloads. Customers who purchase a Rio Karma, Rio Nitrus, Rio Cali, Rio Chiba or a Rio Fuse Digital Music Player will be offered up to ten free downloads from With more than 400,000 songs to choose from, customers will have the best of both worlds -- an extraordinary Digital Music Player and an abundance of their favorite songs to download. Look for a Rio Digital Music Player with the promotional code to hit the store shelves in mid-April.

"The partnership between Rio and offers consumers the ability to try out one of the leading legal music services on the market," said Gil Miller, Director of Business Development for Rio. "We are offering the consumer a great value -- buy one of the coolest Digital Music Players on the market and receive up to 10 of your favorite songs, for free."

Rio is one of the top selling Digital Music Player brands in both the emerging mini-hard disk player market and the flash player market. Recent reports show that the Rio Nitrus 1.5GB is the best-selling 1-inch HDD Digital Music Player. Additionally Rio has regained the top spot in the overall flash Digital Music Player market.

"Rio Digital Music Players are the ultimate choice for consumers looking to get in to the digital music craze and Rio is a great choice for BuyMusic to partner with," said Keith Allen, Senior Vice President. "As a leader in the PC digital music industry, we want our customers to experience the best in music choice and portability. This free music promotion with Rio offers just what we were hoping for."

About Rio

Rio Audio, a D&M Holdings Inc. company, pioneered portable digital audio technology in 1998, with the launch of the Rio 300. Since then, Rio has become the world's number one brand of portable MP3 players by developing a host of award-winning portables that let music lovers take their music with them wherever they go. For more information regarding Rio, or to purchase a Rio digital audio player, please visit

About is one of the world's largest legal music download stores for the country's 150 million PC users, offering more songs at a lower price than any other legal music website. The Aliso Viejo, California-based, a wholly owned subsidiary of, is available to anyone with a PC and Windows Media Player (a free download at For more information, please visit or call 1-800-BUYMUSIC.

Media Contacts:

Colleen Henley
Porter Novelli for Rio Audio
[email protected]

Larisa Hall
[email protected]

SOURCE Rio Audio

Colleen Henley of Porter Novelli, +1-408-988-2100, or
[email protected], for Rio Audio; or Larisa Hall of, +1-949-389-2137, or [email protected]

Posted by Craig at March 19, 2004 06:57 PM