SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Salon.com (Nasdaq: SALN), a leading Internet media company, today announced that it will be the spoken word content provider on the Intel new Pocket Concert(TM) Audio Player.
The Intel(R) Pocket Concert(TM) Audio Player is a lightweight, durable audio player designed to deliver a complete digital music experience, more music memory (128 MB), better sound quality and versatile audio enjoyment. Working with content partners Random House Audio and Harper Audio, Salon.com will provide audio readings of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" read by Matt Dillon, Michael Crichton's "Timeline," Mikki Halpin's "The Geek Handbook" and Janeane Garofalo and Ben Stiller's introduction to "Feel This Audiobook."
"We are excited to be the spoken-word content provider for Intel's new Pocket Concert Audio Player," said Michael O'Donnell, CEO and president of Salon.com. "We've been introducing more and more Salon content into streaming audio formats and this agreement with Intel and the new portable audio player will provide consumers a compelling way to take Salon and their music selections on the go."
"The Intel Pocket Concert Audio Player extends the value and utility of the home PC and Internet experience by offering consumers exciting new uses and applications of their digital audio content," said Don Whiteside, general manager of the Intel Connected Products Division. "We are pleased to offer our customers the added benefit and versatility of Salon.com spoken word selections."
The agreement runs through November 2001. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
About Salon: Founded in 1995, Salon.com is a leading Internet media company that produces 10 award-winning, original content sites; maintains Salon Shop, an e-commerce gateway; and hosts two communities -- Table Talk and The WELL. In May 2000, Salon acquired MP3Lit.com, the pioneering Web company offering quality spoken-word and audio literature recordings. In October 2000, Salon.com launched Salon Audio, a site offering 24-hour music programming, daily downloads and streaming audio from Salon's favorite columnists, as well as hundreds of downloadable versions of short stories, poems and interviews in MP3 and Real Audio formats. Over 530 companies have advertised on Salon.com including IBM, Lexus, Microsoft, EDS, Hewlett-Packard, Mastercard, AskJeeves, Virgin Megastore Online, Kimberly Clark and Intel. In December 1999, Salon.com announced a content and equity agreement with Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp. and NBC. Strategic distribution partners include America Online (AOL), TheStreet.com, CNN.com and CNet as well as wireless innovator AvantGo. The site had 2.6 million unique visitors in September 2000 as audited by ABC Interactive, a subsidiary of the Audit Bureau of Circulations.