June 08, 2004

Music Service

Toshiba goes with Napster

Tuesday June 8, 6:00 am ET


IRVINE, Calif. and LOS ANGELES, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Digital Products Division (DPD) and Napster, a division of Roxio (Nasdaq: ROXI - News), today announced that they will work together to provide Toshiba's customers with easier access to the most recognized brand in online music. Toshiba's Satellite« notebook computers will feature a pre-loaded Napster client with direct access via the Napster "kittyhead" desktop icon so customers can download music from the digital music service with the largest catalog and most features. Toshiba selected the Napster subscription service because it keeps users mobile by allowing them to download an unlimited amount of music to their notebook, which can be played while on or offline. As a special benefit to all new Toshiba notebook buyers, Napster has extended a one month free trial to its subscription service.
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"Professionals, students and families alike are becoming more and more mobile, and Napster's software allows them to take their music anywhere they need to go without having to be connected to the Internet," said Taro Hiyama, vice president of marketing, Toshiba DPD, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. "Whether it's including the latest productivity features for the office, or the hottest entertainment capabilities for play, Toshiba is committed to providing our notebook customers with products that make their lives easier."

"With Napster's innovative subscription service, music fans can download an unlimited amount of music to their hard drive for only $9.95 a month. We designed this service with notebook computers users and broadband or dial-up customers in mind since this is a great way to listen to music even when not connected to the Internet -- on a plane, in a bus ... anywhere," said Larry Linietsky, Napster's SVP, worldwide business development. "As more people use their notebook computers for enjoying their music collections on the go, Napster is pleased to offer its software, service and a special trial to Toshiba's top selling line of portable computers to make the experience easy and fun."

The first series of Toshiba notebooks with the Napster software pre-loaded and extended free trial begin shipping today. Once consumers click on the kittyhead desktop icon, subscribers can listen to over 750,000 full-length tracks on demand, and download any track they choose onto their notebook's hard drive for offline listening and convenience on the go.

Subscribers can also access over 50 interactive radio stations, community features like browsing other members' collections, sending tracks to friends and sharing playlists, Billboard chart information, an original magazine, Fuzz, and music videos. Consumers who choose not to subscribe can download the application and sign up for Napster Light, where they can buy songs for 99 cents each and albums for as little as $9.95 each. All Napster members can organize their entire music collection in Napster by using the ripping software to take tracks from CDs they already own to play on Napster, import MP3s into their Napster Library, or transfer tracks they've bought to any of over 70 portable music devices.

About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three divisions: Digital Products Division, Digital Solutions Division and the Storage Device Division. Together, the three divisions provide mobile products and solutions, communications, storage and imaging products and services. Products include industry leading portable computers, PDAs, projectors, DVD/CD recordable products and hard disk drives for computers, telephony products, digital imaging systems, wireless solutions and services. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a world leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems. Toshiba has global sales of over $52 billion and more than 300 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit the company's website at www.toshiba.com.

About Napster

Napster« is the world's most recognized brand in online music. Napster subscribers can listen to full-length tracks on-demand, collect tracks to their hard drive, listen to Napster Radio and access Napster's community features. Napster Light, a "lighter" version of the service, allows members to freely search and browse 30-second clips within Napster's music catalog and purchase tracks and albums to burn to CD and transfer to over 70 digital music players. Napster has content agreements with the five major record labels as well as hundreds of independents, creating the largest catalog of online music which spans all genres and artists from Eminem to Miles Davis. Napster is a division of Roxio, Inc., (Nasdaq: ROXI - News), the Digital Media Company, provider of the best-selling digital media software in the world. Napster is headquartered in Los Angeles with additional offices in London, New York, Richmond Hill, ON and San Diego.

(C)2004 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS). Satellite is a registered trademark of TAIS. All other product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information in media advisories including without limitation product prices, specifications, content of services, and contact information, is current on the date of the press announcement, but is subject to change without notice.
Copyright (C) 2004 Roxio, Inc. All rights reserved. Roxio, the Roxio tagline and Napster are registered trademarks of Roxio, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks used are owned by their respective owners.

Napster Contact:
Dana M. Harris
Napster
310-281-5073
[email protected]

Nancy Sullivan, John Conroy
Rogers & Cowan
310-201-8899 or 201-8878
[email protected]
[email protected]

Toshiba Contact:
Roslyn Whitehurst
Benjamin | A Weber Shandwick Company
949-428-3889
[email protected]


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Source: Napster; Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.

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