Beatnik(R) Audio Technology Debuts on Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC in Japan

Beatnik Launches Audio Player for Pocket PC Market



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Beatnik, Inc.

    SAN MATEO, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Beatnik, Inc., a leading
 provider of enhanced audio solutions and content for the digital devices,
 games and the Web, today announced the bundling of the Beatnik Player(TM) with
 the Japanese version of the Compaq iPAQ(TM) Pocket PC from Compaq Computer
 Corporation.
     Under the terms of the agreement, the Beatnik Player for Pocket PC will be
 shipped with the Japanese version of the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC beginning in
 April.
     "Compaq is pleased to include Beatnik's technology in the Japanese version
 of the iPAQ Pocket PC," said Shigeru Yuasa, Manager of Internet Products
 & Services, Access Business Group, Compaq Computer K.K. "The Beatnik Player is
 optimized to fully utilize the CPU of the iPAQ Pocket PC and is another new
 and exciting application for our customers."
     "The Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC is a hot item among young professionals on the
 move who are driving the explosive growth of the portable device market. With
 the implementation of the Beatnik Player for PocketPC, the Compaq iPAQ Pocket
 PC is transformed into a personal creative music studio," said founder and
 chief Beatnik, Thomas Dolby Robertson. "There are millions of talented
 composers and desktop musicians in Japan, and armed with an iPAQ Pocket PC
 plus the latest Beatnik technology, they will be able to easily select and
 download from a library of music that is available today."
     "Industry leading handheld computers such as the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC
 provide consumers with robust applications and multimedia capabilities via the
 power of the Intel StrongARM* SA-1110 processor," said Mark Casey, director of
 marketing for Intel's Handheld Computing Division. "With the implementation of
 the Beatnik Player for Pocket PC, optimized for the Intel StrongARM* SA-1110
 processor and the Intel Integrated Performance Primitives, Compaq iPAQ Pocket
 PC users are now armed with high quality audio capabilities for a truly
 compelling and interactive experience."
     "The Beatnik Player for Pocket PC is a perfect example of the compelling
 entertainment applications that are available on the Pocket PC platform," said
 Lenn Pryor, lead product manager of the Mobility Group at Microsoft
 Corporation. "Applications such as this one demonstrate the power of the
 Pocket PC and show that the device is much more than a simple Personal
 Information Manager."
     The Beatnik Player for Pocket PC is a music playback application using the
 Beatnik Audio Engine(TM) (BAE). The Beatnik Player supports Rich Music Format
 (RMF(R)) files -- Beatnik's own proprietary music file format that enables the
 interactive playback of music -- as well as a variety of popular audio formats
 such as MIDI, WAV, AU, AIF, and MP3. iPAQ Pocket PC users will be able to
 control various instruments and sounds using the touch screen interface of the
 Beatnik application to customize their own mixes.
     The Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC is equipped with Intel's StrongARM SA-1110
 microprocessor using the Intel(R) Integrated Performance Primitives (IPP)
 software library. The BAE is one of the first audio engines optimized for
 Intel's StrongARM microprocessor and enables users to experience CD-quality
 audio and music using the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC.
 
     About Beatnik, Inc.
     Beatnik offers scalable, high-quality audio solutions for digital devices,
 games and the Web through a combination of technology, content and services.
 Beatnik's solution includes a line of platform applications, production music,
 sound content and the Mixman software product line. Beatnik develops, markets
 and sells its sonification technology to a community of creative
 professionals, technology licensees and consumers. Incorporated in 1996,
 Beatnik was founded by musician and composer Thomas Dolby Robertson. Mixman
 Technologies, Inc. was acquired by Beatnik in December 1999.
 
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    SAN MATEO, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Beatnik, Inc., a leading
 provider of enhanced audio solutions and content for the digital devices,
 games and the Web, today announced the bundling of the Beatnik Player(TM) with
 the Japanese version of the Compaq iPAQ(TM) Pocket PC from Compaq Computer
 Corporation.
     Under the terms of the agreement, the Beatnik Player for Pocket PC will be
 shipped with the Japanese version of the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC beginning in
 April.
     "Compaq is pleased to include Beatnik's technology in the Japanese version
 of the iPAQ Pocket PC," said Shigeru Yuasa, Manager of Internet Products
 & Services, Access Business Group, Compaq Computer K.K. "The Beatnik Player is
 optimized to fully utilize the CPU of the iPAQ Pocket PC and is another new
 and exciting application for our customers."
     "The Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC is a hot item among young professionals on the
 move who are driving the explosive growth of the portable device market. With
 the implementation of the Beatnik Player for PocketPC, the Compaq iPAQ Pocket
 PC is transformed into a personal creative music studio," said founder and
 chief Beatnik, Thomas Dolby Robertson. "There are millions of talented
 composers and desktop musicians in Japan, and armed with an iPAQ Pocket PC
 plus the latest Beatnik technology, they will be able to easily select and
 download from a library of music that is available today."
     "Industry leading handheld computers such as the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC
 provide consumers with robust applications and multimedia capabilities via the
 power of the Intel StrongARM* SA-1110 processor," said Mark Casey, director of
 marketing for Intel's Handheld Computing Division. "With the implementation of
 the Beatnik Player for Pocket PC, optimized for the Intel StrongARM* SA-1110
 processor and the Intel Integrated Performance Primitives, Compaq iPAQ Pocket
 PC users are now armed with high quality audio capabilities for a truly
 compelling and interactive experience."
     "The Beatnik Player for Pocket PC is a perfect example of the compelling
 entertainment applications that are available on the Pocket PC platform," said
 Lenn Pryor, lead product manager of the Mobility Group at Microsoft
 Corporation. "Applications such as this one demonstrate the power of the
 Pocket PC and show that the device is much more than a simple Personal
 Information Manager."
     The Beatnik Player for Pocket PC is a music playback application using the
 Beatnik Audio Engine(TM) (BAE). The Beatnik Player supports Rich Music Format
 (RMF(R)) files -- Beatnik's own proprietary music file format that enables the
 interactive playback of music -- as well as a variety of popular audio formats
 such as MIDI, WAV, AU, AIF, and MP3. iPAQ Pocket PC users will be able to
 control various instruments and sounds using the touch screen interface of the
 Beatnik application to customize their own mixes.
     The Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC is equipped with Intel's StrongARM SA-1110
 microprocessor using the Intel(R) Integrated Performance Primitives (IPP)
 software library. The BAE is one of the first audio engines optimized for
 Intel's StrongARM microprocessor and enables users to experience CD-quality
 audio and music using the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC.
 
     About Beatnik, Inc.
     Beatnik offers scalable, high-quality audio solutions for digital devices,
 games and the Web through a combination of technology, content and services.
 Beatnik's solution includes a line of platform applications, production music,
 sound content and the Mixman software product line. Beatnik develops, markets
 and sells its sonification technology to a community of creative
 professionals, technology licensees and consumers. Incorporated in 1996,
 Beatnik was founded by musician and composer Thomas Dolby Robertson. Mixman
 Technologies, Inc. was acquired by Beatnik in December 1999.
 
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