Qualcomm and MP3.com to Build Wireless Music Applications
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In a move to extend the company's wireless vision of on-demand access to digital music, MP3.com, Inc. today announced a developer relationship with Qualcomm Incorporated. MP3.com will work to create an application compatible with Qualcomm's new Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) applications platform, potentially enabling the wireless delivery of digital music. The BREW platform enables developers to create applications that operate on all handsets with Qualcomm Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) integrated circuits.
"The next step for digital music is mobility," said Michael Robertson, chairman and chief executive officer of MP3.com. "Artists and music fans have told us they are looking for the day when music will be delivered beyond the desktop to wireless devices. We are building the technologies that will be instrumental in making this vision a reality. Qualcomm is truly an industry leader, and by working together to develop a wireless application for digital music, MP3.com is continuing our strategy for providing consumers with access to their music whenever and wherever they want it."
"Qualcomm is pleased to have MP3.com as a core application developer partner in the BREW environment," said Peggy Johnson, Qualcomm senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Internet Services. "The partnership with MP3.com represents a significant step both in enriching consumers' experience with the wireless Internet and in bringing personalized music to people wherever they may be. Carriers have expressed significant interest in adding music to their service offerings, and MP3.com has the technology, business models, and user base to deliver and grow these services."
MP3.com, Inc. (www.mp3.com) has created a unique and robust technology infrastructure designed to facilitate the storage, management, promotion, and delivery of digital music. As the Internet's premier Music Service Provider (MSP), the company is dedicated to giving consumers music when they want it, where they want it, using any web-enabled device. The company's web site hosts what MP3.com believes is the largest collection of digital music available on the Internet, with more than 800,000 songs and audio files posted from over 125,000 digital artists and record labels. Dedicated to growing the digital music space, the company's products and services include on-demand Subscription Music Channels, an innovative Business Music Services program, and a Syndicated Radio division. The company is based in San Diego.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the company's CDMA digital technology. The company's business areas include CDMA integrated circuits and system software; technology licensing; Eudora email software for Windows and Macintosh computing platforms; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems. Qualcomm owns patents that are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. Qualcomm has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 95 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. The firm is headquartered in San Diego.