Palm Moves to Embrace Digital Music
Palm has taken a step towards making its handhelds more digital music friendly. The have licensing both Liquid Audio's Secure Portable Player Platform (SP3) and the Liquid Store.
Liquid Audio's SP3 lets third-party hardware developers build digital music devices that will work with the full line of Palm handhelds. Shinei's Porteson MP3 player for the Palm m100 series is the first device to take advantage of Palm's SP3 integration with Liquid Audio. It is not yet known what other digital music peripherals will result from this.
Palm has also licensed a customized version of Liquid Audio's commerce solution, the Liquid Store, to create the Palm Music Connection. This new song download web page gives users immediate access to thousands of secure digital downloads from a wide variety of artists and genres.
Consumers can use Shinei's Porteson MP3 player and Liquid Player Plus software in conjunction with a m100 or m105 handheld to stream, download, purchase and playback CD-quality music files. Liquid Player Plus supports leading audio codecs and formats, so users can access a broad range of music on the Internet from one application. A streamlined user interface makes it easy for consumers to find, organize and export digital content and import music from personal CDs.
"This agreement with Liquid Audio provides a simple software solution for Palm m100 series handheld users who want to be a part of the digital music revolution," said Barry Cottle, chief Internet officer at Palm, Inc. "With Liquid Audio's software, SP3 platform and extensive music catalog, we're able to give our customers a complete music package to use with their Shinei's Porteson MP3 player."
"Our agreement with Palm, the leading manufacturer of handheld computers, gives us an opportunity to introduce digital music to millions of consumers," said Gerry Kearby, CEO and co-founder of Liquid Audio, Inc. "Now Palm handheld users can carry and organize their lives, while enjoying their favorite music."
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