Audible and Apple Announce Availability of Exclusive Content Through Apple iTunes

Includes Over 20,000 Hours of Downloadable Audiobooks & Other

Spoken Word Titles



Oct 16, 2003, 01:00 ET from Apple Computer, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Audible, Inc.
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   ADBL) and Apple(R) today announced that more than
 20,000 hours of audiobooks and other spoken word programs are now available
 for download exclusively from Apple's iTunes(R) Music Store.  Through iTunes,
 Mac(R) and Windows customers can preview and download audio editions of best-
 selling books, magazines, radio programs and original shows, manage audio
 content alongside their music collection, and take their entire audio library
 with them for listening anywhere with the market-leading iPod(TM) digital
 music player.
     "With the addition of Audible's exclusive content to iTunes, now Mac and
 Windows customers can download audiobooks and music from one integrated online
 music store," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide
 Product Marketing.  "The unbeatable combination of the iTunes digital jukebox
 software, iTunes Music Store, and iPod digital music player allows users to
 seamlessly buy, manage and transfer their entire collection of audiobooks onto
 their iPod for listening anywhere."
     "As our customers can attest, audiobooks -- and spoken word programming in
 general -- can change peoples' lives for the better," said Donald Katz,
 chairman and CEO, Audible, Inc.  "Audible's award-winning information and
 entertainment audio deserves to be marketed in an integrated way alongside
 music.  With this iTunes Music Store announcement today, we have reached an
 important strategic milestone for our company."
     Audible.com is the exclusive provider of spoken word audio to the iTunes
 Music Store and is the leading provider of digitally delivered spoken word
 audio.  More than 5,000 spoken word audio titles from Audible can now be
 purchased from the iTunes Music Store, including content ranging from new
 audiobook bestsellers like "Bleachers" by John Grisham and "The Teeth of the
 Tiger" by Tom Clancy to classics like "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by
 Mark Twain and the iTunes exclusive science fiction audiobook, "Whipping Mek,"
 an original story by Brian Herbert and bestselling novelist Kevin J. Anderson
 that bridges the Legends of Dune trilogy novels "The Butlerian Jihad" and
 "The Machine Crusade."  The Audible collection also includes speeches,
 lectures, language lessons, audio editions of periodicals such as Forbes and
 the Scientific American, as well as the best of public radio programs such as
 Fresh Air, Car Talk and This American Life.
     Newly released audiobooks and other new spoken audio content will be added
 to the iTunes Music Store every week.  All Audible content available from the
 iTunes Music Store can be burned onto an unlimited number of CDs for personal
 use, listened to on an unlimited number of iPods, and played on up to three
 Macintosh(R) or Windows PC computers.  Apple's new 40GB iPod can hold over
 800 full-length audiobooks from Audible or up to 10,000 CD-quality songs in a
 stunning enclosure that is lighter and thinner than two CDs.
     Audible (www.audible.com) is the Internet's largest, most diverse provider
 of premium spoken audio services for content download and playback on personal
 computers, CD or AudibleReady computer-based mobile devices.  Audible has more
 than 34,000 hours of audio programs and 135 content partners that include
 leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and
 newspaper publishers and business information providers.  Audible.com is
 Amazon.com's (www.amazon.com) exclusive provider of spoken word products for
 downloading or streaming via the Web.  Additionally, the Company is
 strategically aligned with Random House, Inc., to pioneer the first-ever
 imprint to produce spoken word content specifically suited for digital
 distribution, Random House Audible.  Among the Company's key business partners
 are Apple, Casio Inc., Handspring, Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft
 Corporation, Palm, Inc., Royal Philips Electronics, RealNetworks, Inc.,
 Sony Electronics, Texas Instruments and VoiceAge Corp.
 
     Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the
 Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
 Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to
 students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world
 through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.
     NOTE:  Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, Mac, Mac OS, iTunes and iPod are
 either registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple.  Other company and
 product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Apple Computer, Inc.
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Audible, Inc.
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   ADBL) and Apple(R) today announced that more than
 20,000 hours of audiobooks and other spoken word programs are now available
 for download exclusively from Apple's iTunes(R) Music Store.  Through iTunes,
 Mac(R) and Windows customers can preview and download audio editions of best-
 selling books, magazines, radio programs and original shows, manage audio
 content alongside their music collection, and take their entire audio library
 with them for listening anywhere with the market-leading iPod(TM) digital
 music player.
     "With the addition of Audible's exclusive content to iTunes, now Mac and
 Windows customers can download audiobooks and music from one integrated online
 music store," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide
 Product Marketing.  "The unbeatable combination of the iTunes digital jukebox
 software, iTunes Music Store, and iPod digital music player allows users to
 seamlessly buy, manage and transfer their entire collection of audiobooks onto
 their iPod for listening anywhere."
     "As our customers can attest, audiobooks -- and spoken word programming in
 general -- can change peoples' lives for the better," said Donald Katz,
 chairman and CEO, Audible, Inc.  "Audible's award-winning information and
 entertainment audio deserves to be marketed in an integrated way alongside
 music.  With this iTunes Music Store announcement today, we have reached an
 important strategic milestone for our company."
     Audible.com is the exclusive provider of spoken word audio to the iTunes
 Music Store and is the leading provider of digitally delivered spoken word
 audio.  More than 5,000 spoken word audio titles from Audible can now be
 purchased from the iTunes Music Store, including content ranging from new
 audiobook bestsellers like "Bleachers" by John Grisham and "The Teeth of the
 Tiger" by Tom Clancy to classics like "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by
 Mark Twain and the iTunes exclusive science fiction audiobook, "Whipping Mek,"
 an original story by Brian Herbert and bestselling novelist Kevin J. Anderson
 that bridges the Legends of Dune trilogy novels "The Butlerian Jihad" and
 "The Machine Crusade."  The Audible collection also includes speeches,
 lectures, language lessons, audio editions of periodicals such as Forbes and
 the Scientific American, as well as the best of public radio programs such as
 Fresh Air, Car Talk and This American Life.
     Newly released audiobooks and other new spoken audio content will be added
 to the iTunes Music Store every week.  All Audible content available from the
 iTunes Music Store can be burned onto an unlimited number of CDs for personal
 use, listened to on an unlimited number of iPods, and played on up to three
 Macintosh(R) or Windows PC computers.  Apple's new 40GB iPod can hold over
 800 full-length audiobooks from Audible or up to 10,000 CD-quality songs in a
 stunning enclosure that is lighter and thinner than two CDs.
     Audible (www.audible.com) is the Internet's largest, most diverse provider
 of premium spoken audio services for content download and playback on personal
 computers, CD or AudibleReady computer-based mobile devices.  Audible has more
 than 34,000 hours of audio programs and 135 content partners that include
 leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and
 newspaper publishers and business information providers.  Audible.com is
 Amazon.com's (www.amazon.com) exclusive provider of spoken word products for
 downloading or streaming via the Web.  Additionally, the Company is
 strategically aligned with Random House, Inc., to pioneer the first-ever
 imprint to produce spoken word content specifically suited for digital
 distribution, Random House Audible.  Among the Company's key business partners
 are Apple, Casio Inc., Handspring, Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft
 Corporation, Palm, Inc., Royal Philips Electronics, RealNetworks, Inc.,
 Sony Electronics, Texas Instruments and VoiceAge Corp.
 
     Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the
 Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
 Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to
 students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world
 through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.
     NOTE:  Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, Mac, Mac OS, iTunes and iPod are
 either registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple.  Other company and
 product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Apple Computer, Inc.