Xdrive Launches New Music Service That Transforms Cell Phones Into 'Virtual iPods'

Feb 07, 2005, 00:00 ET from Xdrive

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Xdrive, the leading provider
 of Internet Storage for the Digital Lifestyle, announced today the
 availability of a breakthrough new service that allows people to enjoy their
 digital music collection via their Treo cell phones and any Palm, Tungsten or
 Sony Clie PDA.
     Similar to the Apple iPod, Xdrive's music service allows people to listen
 to music on the go, create play lists and personal albums.  But unlike the
 iPod, users don't need to carry an additional device because the music is
 actually stored on a personal, virtual hard drive at Xdrive and streamed live
 over a wireless Internet connection.
     By using Xdrive's music service, members can protect their music
 collection from theft, loss or damage, while saving money by avoiding the
 purchase of a portable digital music player (the iPod mini costs $250).
     To use Xdrive's music service, Xdrive members should follow these simple
      1.  Install a music player on your Treo or PDA that supports the
          streaming of .mp3 (audio) and .m3u (playlist) file types.  Xdrive
          recommends Pocket Tunes Deluxe (www.pocket-tunes.com).
      2.  Upload music files to Xdrive, and use Xdrive's features to create a
          playlist.  Members can have Xdrive's tech team upload their songs by
          using the Mail in a Disk program.
      3.  Download your playlist to your local computer and use the palmOne
          Quick Install software to transfer the playlist file to your phone.
      4.  Locate the playlist on your phone using your music player, and play.
          The music will stream from Xdrive to your phone.
     "Xdrive is no longer just a storage box for your files," states Xdrive CEO
 Brett O'Brien.  "As today's digital lifestyle becomes more pervasive, we are
 creating platforms and applications for people to do more with their files.
 Last year we launched a digital video sharing service, this month we launched
 Xdrive Music, and next month we plan to roll-out a photo album service similar
 to Ofoto and Shutterfly."
     "Pocket Tunes will turn any Palm OS 5 device into a portable audio
 player," states Tim Norman, founder of NormSoft, Inc.  "Xdrive enables Treo
 and Pocket Tunes customers to enjoy thousands of songs through their cell
 phone, as opposed to the limited number of songs that the typical cell phone
 has room to store."
     Xdrive is easy to use and costs $9.95 per month for 5 gigabytes of space
 (roughly 1,000 songs).  For avid music fans, Xdrive offers 10 Gigabytes for
 $19.90.  There is no additional fee to use the Xdrive music service.  Xdrive
 offers all new subscribers a 15 day free trial period.
     About Xdrive, Inc.
     Xdrive (www.xdrive.com) is a personal hard drive on the internet.  It's
 the easiest, most cost-effective, and most powerful way to securely store,
 access, share and backup files and folders online.  Xdrive has helped millions
 of individuals and businesses access files from the office, at home, or on the
 road, all through an easy-to-use interface.  Xdrive is a privately held
 company headquartered in Santa Monica, CA.
     About NormSoft, Inc.
     Founded in 1999, NormSoft has been a leading provider of quality Palm OS
 software applications, including their award-winning MP3 player, Pocket Tunes
 Deluxe.  NormSoft, Inc. continues to bring new, high-quality software to Palm
 OS powered handheld and smartphone users looking to unleash the power of their
 mobile device.  For more information, visit www.normsoft.com.  NormSoft and
 Pocket Tunes are trademarks of NormSoft, Inc.