have announced an agreement to offer the Audible Internet audio service for Iomega’s Macintosh-compatible HipZip digital audio player.
Audible is a provider of Internet-delivered spoken audio for mobile playback on “AudibleReady” portable digital devices.
By mid-year, Iomega HipZip digital audio players will ship with upgraded firmware and software that will allow HipZip users to access thousands of digital audio titles for download and mobile playback from audible.com. At that time, current owners of existing HipZip units will be able to easily upgrade their players through a download from Iomega.com.
“Audible’s advanced digital delivery technology and wide selection of content will offer HipZip users extensive spoken audio options,” said Doug Collier, vice president of marketing, product management, and business development at Iomega Corp. “The low cost of PocketZip disks will allow HipZip users to easily and affordably archive news and carry an unlimited number of audiobooks and other content.”
HipZip players use 40MB PocketZip disks that cost as little as $10 per disk and can store more than 10 hours of Audible audio, making them the economical alternative to expensive solid state media.
Audible.com features daily selected audio content from The Wall Street Journal and daily digests of The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times, and Slate — all available on a subscription basis — as well as The Economist, The Industry Standard, Forbes, Harvard Business Review and Scientific American. The site also offers a collection of audiobook best sellers and classics by authors such as Stephen King, John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and Jane Austen.
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