4/03/01

RioPort to Offer Commercial Downloads From WMG artists to select e-tailers in the RioPort network

Internet Retailer

RioPort, Inc.,

the leading digital music application service provider (ASP), today

announced an agreement with Warner Music Group (WMG) to deliver secure

commercial downloads from WMG artists to select e-tailers in the

RioPort network.

    Beginning this month, consumers in the U.S. will be able to

purchase initially approximately 100 downloadable singles released by

WMG`s leading labels, Atlantic, Elektra, London-Sire, Rhino and Warner

Bros. Records. The downloads will be available non-exclusively through

the following RioPort-affiliated e-tailers: MTV.com, VH1.com,

SonicNet.com, BOLT and House of Blues` HOB.com.

    RioPort will provide digital distribution services, including

content preparation, hosting and delivery, digital rights management

and customer support through its PulseOne Media Service(TM).

    "Warner Music Group is home to some of the world`s most popular

artists and we are thrilled to be able to deliver this quality of

music to our e-tailers," said Jim Long, president and CEO of RioPort.

"This is an important relationship for RioPort, one that we feel marks

another major milestone in moving the market for legal digital music

e-commerce forward."

    "Through this agreement with RioPort, we can supplement the

network of online retailers that currently offer our downloads," said

Paul Vidich, executive vice president, Strategic Planning and Business

Development for Warner Music Group. "Now, music fans that visit some

of the popular music sites affiliated with RioPort can purchase high

quality music via a convenient download experience."


    About Warner Music Group


    Warner Music Group is home to some of the world`s leading record

companies, including The Atlantic Group, Elektra Entertainment Group,

London-Sire Records, Rhino Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records Inc.

The company`s Warner Music International, with a roster of more than

1,000 artists, operates in more than 65 countries through various

subsidiaries, affiliates and non-affiliated licensees. Warner Music

Group also includes one of the world`s leading music publishers,

Warner/Chappell and WEA Inc., which is comprised of three companies,

WEA Corp., WEA Manufacturing and Ivy Hill. Warner Music Group is a

division of AOL Time Warner.


    RioPort`s PulseOne Media Service


    RioPort`s PulseOne Media Service provides all of the online

functions and services needed to find, purchase and deliver digital

music to consumers over the Internet simply and securely. The PulseOne

Media Service features a 24 x 7 Web content hosting center, a wide

catalog of music, a network of well-positioned e-tailers and a secure

rights and e-commerce system focusing on a simple, secure consumer

experience. For its music label partners, RioPort is able to provide

all of the services necessary to securely encode, package, distribute,

manage, sell and host audio content on the Internet. The PulseOne

Media Service from RioPort sets the standard for the Internet

economy`s media application services.


    About RioPort, Inc.


    RioPort.com, Inc. is a leading music application service provider,

enabling e-tailers and consumer electronics manufacturers with

industry-standard solutions for selling music to consumers in a

simple, secure manner. RioPort`s distribution partners include the

MTVi Group, House of Blues, Bolt, @Nifty and others. RioPort is backed

by Oak Investment Partners, Vulcan Ventures, SONICblue, Microsoft

Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., EMC Corp., Quantum Corp. and Macrovision

Corp.


CONTACT: Faiola Davis Public Relations (For RioPort)

Andrea Sausedo/John Rafacz, 310/248-5454

andrea@fdpr.com, john@fdpr.com

or

Warner Music Group

Will Tanous, 212/484-8067

will.tanous@wmg.com

Topics:

Atlanta Braves, Elektra Records, Mass media, Sire Records, Warner Music Group

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