Microsoft Zune Now Compatible With Audible.Com
The leading provider of premium digital audio, Audible Inc., an Amazon.com Inc. subsidiary (Nasdaq: AMZN), today announced a new technology integration and marketing agreement with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) to extend AudibleReady capabilities to the Zune family of digital media players. Available today, the new Zune 3.0 update will be compatible with the Audible service and will include Audible support.
Microsoft will be adding AudibleReady functionality to existing Zune devices via a firmware update available at www.zune.net, which will also allow existing owners to play Audible audio files. To celebrate the launch, Audible is offering all new, and existing, Zune owners a free copy of “Black River” by bestselling writer Dean Koontz at www.audible.com/zune.
“Since its inception, we have had a groundswell of customers who wanted to use the Zune to access content at Audible.com. We are excited to have Microsoft as a key device partner and to be working together with them to provide a great new platform to our customers for a superior listening experience,” said Will Lopes, vice president of Business Development for Audible Inc.
“Audiobook support from Audible is a natural fit for the Zune entertainment experience,” said Scott Erickson, senior director of Product Management for Zune. “This was a feature our customers have been asking for and I am pleased we are able to add support for it to the entire Zune device lineup.”
Audible (www.audible.com) is the leader in spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet. Content from Audible is downloaded and played back on personal computers, CDs, or AudibleReady computer-based and wireless mobile devices. Audible has over 50,000 audio programs from more than 470 content providers that include leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store. Audible, Audible.com, AudibleListener, AudibleReady and AudibleKids are trademarks of Audible, Inc. or its affiliates. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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