XM Radio Launches Online Music Service
Washington D.C., September 15, 2004 - XM Satellite Radio, the nation's largest provider of satellite radio with more than 2.1 million subscribers, today announced the introduction of XM Radio Online, a premium Internet music service to debut in early October. As part of the launch, eligible Dell customers who purchase Dell Inspiron notebook and Dimension desktop computers will receive a special trial offer for the commercial-free online music service.
XM Radio Online subscribers will be able to listen to XM's critically-acclaimed, 100% commercial-free music channels and a variety of other XM content, including The Bob Edwards Show, over the Internet for a monthly fee of $7.99. XM Satellite Radio subscribers will receive a discounted rate for XM Radio Online of $3.99 a month. Consumers will be able to sign up for XM Radio Online via listen.xmradio.com .
Beginning in mid-October, Dell Inspiron notebook and Dimension desktop customers will receive an exclusive free, 30-day trial subscription to XM Radio. Dell customers also will be able to access XM Radio Online through the Dell Media Experience (DMX) portal.
"We are very excited to be making our commercial-free music line-up available on the Internet through XM Radio Online, and we're especially pleased to be working with a market leader such as Dell," said Hugh Panero, President & CEO of XM Satellite Radio. "We know that people who get XM's music channels through their Dell PCs are going to love the experience, just as our subscribers who enjoy XM in the vehicle, at home, or on the go."
"We're proud to be teaming up with XM to bring XM Radio Online to the digital home," said Mark Vena, Dell's Director of Digital Home Marketing. "This partnership is yet another indication of Dell's unique commitment to providing music lovers with more choices at a great value."
XM Radio and the free trial for Dell U.S. customers will be marketed through Dell catalogs, online advertising, and other promotions.
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. Company revenue for the past four quarters totaled $45.4 billion. Dell, through its direct business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained www.dell.com.
About XM Satellite Radio
XM is America's #1 satellite radio service with more than 2.1 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville, Tennessee at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2004 lineup includes more than 130 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 68 one-hundred-percent commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; 34 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide.
Affordable, compact and stylish XM satellite radio receivers for the home, the car, the computer and boom boxes for "on the go" are available from retailers nationwide. In addition, XM is available in more than 80 different 2004 car models. XM is a popular factory- installed option on more than 40 new General Motors models, as well as a standard feature on several top-selling Honda and Acura models. Later in 2004, JetBlue Airways and AirTran Airways passengers will be able to listen to XM's programming in-flight. This fall, XM will offer XM NavTraffic, a new service that will provide real-time traffic information for vehicle navigation systems. For more information about XM, visit http://www.xmradio.com .