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Press Release March 22, 2005

UK’S FIRST TOUCHSCREEN DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYER LAUNCHED

THE first touchscreen digital music player is launched today (March 22) in one of the biggest developments in the audio industry for years.

The MPZ Player allows music lovers to store their entire CD collection and then organise and play the music of their choice using a state-of-the-art touchscreen computer.

The system, which will retail for £1,899, gives people the ability to select and play tracks and create their own play lists of their favourite music.

It is great for relaxing over dinner or for putting on a party that will make you the envy of your friends. Cross fade ensures that the music playback is continuous and professional.

Adding a new CD to your collection takes only a few minutes and requires the pressing of just three buttons on the screen.

The system, which has been created by RedTen Audio, allows people to listen to different tracks at the same time in up to three different rooms in the home.

Audio streamers, the size of a large book, are designed to sit on a bookshelf or sideboard and connect to speakers. They are operated by remote control, allowing the user to select play lists, individual tracks and volume level.

It means that parents and children, husbands and wives and boyfriends and girlfriends can listen to Beethoven, Madonna and Joss Stone simultaneously – but through the same touchscreen audio PC storing thousands of hours of CDs.

Music and favourite play lists can also be downloaded to fashionable portable music players such as iPod and Rio Karma.

The system, which has significantly higher sound quality than normal computers, even allows you to select your own on-screen images to play in the background which beat in time to the music.

Trevor Bond, director of RedTen Audio, said: “Digital audio is the future for home Hi-Fi systems, storing your entire music collection and having instant access to tracks that you want. The MPZ Player allows these dreams to become reality.”

CDs can be added by simply inserting the CD into the smooth slot drive. The details of the CD are retrieved from the local database or the online database.
The album cover picture can also be retrieved online.

The entire process should only involve inserting the CD and touching the screen three times.

Music lovers can select the artist and the album they require and the track they want. A quick playlist can be created by selecting either the last tracks added or by giving tracks a special star rating based on your favourite songs. A fast search facility allows you to select songs when you only know part of the song title.

The MPZ player is only 80mm deep and comes with a wall mount or an optional desktop stand.

MPZ supports five formats for digital music – WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG Vorbis and AAC.

RedTen Audio, which is a subsidiary of Merseyside company RedTen Computers, will be selling the MPZ Player direct but is also aiming the product at leading department stores and specialist music suppliers.

The MPZ Player will also be targeted at bars and restaurants looking for a sophisticated sound system.

· For more information contact RedTen Audio on 0151 651 1010 or visit www.mpzplayer.com.





NOTE TO EDITORS

· For further information or for images or to arrange a demonstration, please call Lucy Mason at Mason Media on 0151 348 4293.




MPZ PLAYER – AT A GLANCE GUIDE

· Easy to use 15 inch touchscreen audio computer – the first of its kind
· Simple to set up play lists and special star rating system for your favourite tracks
· Superior sound quality
· Sleek design – the MPZ is only 80mm deep
· Multi-use – the MPZ can also be used as a PC and personal video recorder
· Music and playlists can be downloaded easily to portable music players such as iPod and Rio Karma
· Great on-screen images which beat in time to the music
· Enjoy different music in up to three different rooms in the home or create separate zones upstairs and downstairs




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