UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP BECOMES FIRST MUSIC LABEL TO JOIN THE MOTOROLA iRADIO® REVOLUTION
September 30, 2005- SCHAUMBERG,Il and SANTA MONICA, Ca. – Two of the biggest names in music and mobile have come together to revolutionize the radio listening experience. Today, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) has announced that Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, is the first music company to make its extensive catalog available on the forthcoming Motorola iRadio® service.
Motorola iRadio is transforming radio as we know it by making it more mobile and self-expressive than ever before. The service offers hundreds of channels of commercial-free music and talk stations, pre-programmed and ready to rock. It also empowers consumers to create their very own channels from their personal music collection.
The service uses a high-speed Internet connection, Bluetooth® technology, and a mobile phone to offer listeners a continuous entertainment experience that moves from the living room, to the car stereo, to anywhere a consumer brings their mobile phone.
And through UMG, music lovers will be now able to enjoy and discover great songs from the company’s chart-topping artists and the most extensive digital catalog in the world. There are thousands of emerging and established artists to discover, including U2, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Eminem, Shania Twain, The Game, The Killers, Mariah Carey and many more.
"We are excited to be partnering with Motorola to offer fans an exciting and unique musical experience,” stated Larry Kenswil, President of Universal Music Groups’ eLabs. “And with the most extensive digital music catalog in the world, we will be able to offer a wide array of choices to fit every musical taste.”
“The innovative Motorola iRadio service can securely deliver a customized choice of radio stations right to the fans of virtually any artist. So now, consumers can hear album tracks or discover new performances through their existing car stereo or their always-with-you mobile phone, “ said Mike Gaumond, vice president and general manager, Motorola iRadio. “With the world’s largest music label on board, iRadio is well on its way to revolutionizing the radio listening experience.”
Motorola iRadio is expected to launch during Q1 2006. For more information, visit www.motorola.com/iradio.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Music Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
About MotorolaMotorola pioneered mobile technology in the 1930s with car radios and public safety radio networks, the walkie-talkie in the 1940's and space-to earth communication for the Apollo program in the 1960s. In the 1980s, Motorola revolutionized personalized communications with the first commercial handheld cellular phone. In the 1990s, the company helped create high-definition television, and deployed the world’s first digital broadband networks. Today, its new smart devices, networks, and software are making communications not just mobile, but seamless. Continuously redefining “the device formerly known as the cellphone,” Motorola also leads the industry in design, with award-winning products like the iconic RAZR. Motorola had sales of U.S. $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.