Tuesday, November 22, 2005

XM + NAPSTER LAUNCHES BETA VERSION

XM + Napster Integrated Music Service Combines Napster's Vast Library And XM's World-Class Programming At napster.xmradio.com

Washington D.C., November 21, 2005 -- NapsterĀ® (NASDAQ: NAPS) and XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR) today announced that a beta version of their innovative XM + Napster integrated music service is now available to XM's five-million-plus subscribers at napster.xmradio.com.

XM + Napster is the first online service to provide a single interface for accessing, purchasing, and downloading music heard on XM, the nation's leading satellite radio company, from Napster, the biggest brand in digital music. XM + Napster also lets XM subscribers create playlists with music tracks from their entire digital music collection.

XM + Napster allows XM subscribers to listen to more than 70 XM music channels on the XM Radio Online service and access Napster's massive catalog for on-demand listening, purchasing, and downloading. The service seamlessly links XM subscribers to Napster to instantly find songs played live on XM by its world-class DJs, get in-depth information about artists, and discover new music and old favorites through customized music recommendations provided by Napster's professional music programmers.

"XM + Napster takes XM to a new level in terms of exposing people to music and enabling them to buy the music," said Hugh Panero, President and CEO of XM Satellite Radio. "It takes the promotional impact of radio and puts it on steroids. XM + Napster greatly enhances the discovery aspect of XM by letting people instantly purchase and download the music they hear on XM Radio Online from Napster's catalog, dig deeper into artists' digital music collections and use Napster's programming expertise to discover related artists and genres. It's a 360-degree music experience."

"XM + Napster brings two best-of-class brands together for the most comprehensive, flexible digital music experience possible," said Chris Gorog, Napster's chairman and CEO. "We are proud to once again be leading the industry in innovation by merging on-line music with satellite radio."

XM + Napster will be the exclusive digital music downloading service for XM subscribers. The co-branded service is part of a long-term, strategic partnership between Napster and XM and will be marketed by both companies.

Songs and albums purchased from XM + Napster can be played on a variety of portable MP3 players available now. Upcoming XM/MP3 players will let subscribers listen to XM live when the players are docked in the car or at home, mark the titles of songs played on XM for easy reference in XM + Napster, and store content for a completely portable listening experience.

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