News Release

Verizon Wireless' New Music Manager Makes Managing Music From Your PC Even Easier

New Features Include Improved Usability, Fewer Clicks to Get to Music Library, Support for Unprotected .aac Files and Compatibility with Windows Vista

July 11, 2007

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7519

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — V CAST Music customers can now play music directly from an audio CD on their PCs, enjoying an improved mobile music experience with fewer clicks with Verizon Wireless' new Music Manager software. Available today as a free download from Verizon Wireless at www.verizonwireless.com/musicmanager, Music Manager is the PC-based music player accompanying the company's V CAST Music service, simplifying how Verizon Wireless customers manage, play and add to their digital music libraries as well as sync compatible music to their V CAST Music-enabled handsets.

After downloading Music Manager, Verizon Wireless customers will see four new, easy-to-navigate and intuitive tabs to help them manage their music: "V CAST Buy Music" is a direct link to the V CAST Music Store; "Music on My PC" lists all the music in the Music Manager library that resides on the customer's PC; "Music on My Phone" displays the files on the customer's phone (and memory card, if applicable) when connected to the PC; and "Music on My CD" lists music from any audio CD that is inserted in the PC allowing the customer to select which audio files they would like to play or rip.

In addition to the improved user interface and tabs, Verizon Wireless' Music Manager includes new features with the ability to:

  • Import unprotected .aac files
  • Automatically convert unprotected .aac files to .wma files during sync (if required)
  • Rip, burn and add music with fewer steps
  • Import playlists from Windows Media Player
  • Sort music by songs or albums
  • Easily manage duplicate song files
  • Sync music to the PC with fewer steps, now that the phone is automatically in a connected state (when connected to the PC and Music Manager is open and the phone is turned on)
  • Print "Show Me How" screens

Developed with the support of Smith Micro Software, Inc., Verizon Wireless' new Music Manager works with Windows® XP and Vista PCs and all V CAST Music-enabled phones (except the Verizon Wireless CDM 8945 which is only compatible with Windows XP). By the end of July, customers using the previous version of V CAST Music software will automatically receive an upgrade notification to the new, improved version; customers may select to manually update the software as well.

V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless offers customers from coast to coast access to more than two million songs from both well-known and independent artists. Songs can be purchased either from PCs or right over-the-air from customers' phones; customers can also sideload — or transfer — their existing compatible digital music collections for free to their V CAST Music libraries for playback on their V CAST Music-enabled phones.

Verizon Wireless customers can download songs to their PCs for 99 cents, and transfer their existing compatible digital music collections to their V CAST Music-enabled handsets or memory cards at no charge from their PCs. Customers who want the convenience of downloading songs while on-the-go can pay as they go to download songs directly over-the-air to their phones for $1.99 per song plus airtime. Purchases from the phone include two copies of every song, one for the phone and one for the PC.

For more information on V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com/music.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 60.7 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 66,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

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