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Lucent Technologies Licenses Music Coder to ClickRadio

Lucent Technologies Tuesday licensed the Lucent Enhanced Perceptual Audio Coder (ePAC) to ClickRadio Inc. for the company's Internet-enhanced digital radio service.

The ePAC system will enable ClickRadio to encode its music programming in a secure format.

ClickRadio, which has secured interactive radio licenses from Universal Music Group and BMG Entertainment, will launch its digital radio service later this month.

ClickRadio will incorporate the ePAC coder exclusively into its proprietary, patent-pending software which allows customers to play music directly from their PCs. Music and information about songs and artists will be updated automatically whenever an Internet connection is detected.

Joyce Eastman, vice president of audio initiatives for Lucent Technologies , said Lucent believes ClickRadio will be an ideal showcase for the benefits of ePAC's security and audio quality.

"We're excited to be working with Lucent to efficiently deliver music to users and create an entirely new system for listening to music," said Hank Williams, the founder and chief executive officer of ClickRadio. "ClickRadio caches music directly on listeners' PCs, and because of Lucent's revolutionary ePAC technology, ClickRadio sounds significantly better than other Internet-based radio services, and unlike them, ClickRadio can be used whether the listener is offline or online."