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2 Ridgedale Avenue

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927

United States

Phone: 973-539-9528

Fax: 973-539-1273

MediaBay, Inc. operates as a digital media and publishing company. The company specializes in spoken audio entertainment, such as audio readings of books, newspapers, magazines, original productions and radio broadcast transcripts, each of which audio readings is referred to as a title. The company offers various audio titles, comprising approximately 75,000 hours of aggregate audio content, which are distributed via mail order, its websites and some of the retailers. The company has two principal content libraries: audiobooks which the it sells via digital download and on compact disc and cassette, through Soundsgood.com, the Audio Book Club and third-party websites; and an archive of the history of American radio which the company produces and sells on compact disc and cassettes through its catalog, a mail order based continuity program, retail outlets, and on-line download subscription service and third-party websites. The company broadcasts its radio programs through a syndicated radio show on approximately 200 commercial stations across the United States, as well as its 24-hour Radio Classics channels on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio. The company’s digital content partners include BBC, Blackstone, Brilliance Audio, CBS Radio, Harper Collins, Hay House, Oasis, Penguin Group USA Audio, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Sound Room Publishers, Time Warner Audio, and Zondervan. In addition to Audio Book Club, the company distributes its content through proprietary web sites soundsgood.com and radiospirits.com, as well as through partner channels including MSN Music, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio. It has also begun to produce a series of audio works in partnership with publishing companies such as John Wiley to produce a series of Audio Cliffs Notes, and the Hindustan Times to produce and distribute a daily audio newspaper. Businesses Soundsgood.com SoundsGood.com provides consumers with a way to access various audio books, classic radio shows and theatre performances, as well as a collection of audio newspapers, magazines, lectures, self help and wellness courses, modern day radio shows and other spoken word entertainment. SoundsGood.com provides customers with both digital download for immediate listening as well as the ability to purchase CDs and audiocassettes. SoundsGood supports digital downloads that are compatible with MP3 players, CD players, PCs and a number of smart cellular phones that support the Windows Media audio format. SoundsGood offers a range of audiobook titles. Audio Book Club The company mails catalog every month, which offers between 50 and 75 audio book titles. Audiobook Club customers are encouraged to make their purchases on Soundsgood.com by downloading their selections. Alternatively, customers can purchase their selections in traditional CD or cassette format. Radio Spirits Radio Spirits sells old-time radio programs on audiocassettes and compact discs through retail, direct mail and online channels. Radio Spirits has a database of names of approximately 400,000 catalog customers and prospects and sells its products in national chains as Barnes & Noble and Borders and online retailers such as Amazon.com. Radio Spirits' products can also be purchased online at www.radiospirits.com. The Radio Spirits content library consists of approximately 65,000 hours of classic radio shows licensed on a primarily exclusive basis. Radio Spirits' library of classic radio shows includes episodes from the following series: The Shadow, The Jack Benny Program, The Bob Hope Show, Superman, Suspense and many others including stars such as Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Orson Welles and Bing Crosby. Radio Spirits also offers its old-time radio programs in a continuity format, a marketing program that automatically sends selections to a customer once an initial order is placed. MediaBay.com MediaBay.com provides the infrastructure and support for all of its web sites including www.audiobookclub.com, www.radiospirits.com, www.RadioClassics.com, www.soundsgood.com, and www.msn.soundsgood.com. RadioClassics division RadioClassics distributes the company’s proprietary old-time radio content across multiple distribution platforms including traditional radio, cable television, satellite television (DBS), satellite radio and the Internet. RadioClassics distributes a national ‘classic’ radio program, ‘When Radio Was’ and can also be heard 24 hours a day on channels on both the Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio services. Agreements Digital Distribution Agreements with Microsoft, Real Networks and MusicNet The company has two agreements with Microsoft. These agreements provide for it to distribute spoken word audio content, including audiobooks from the publishers and its old-time radio programs, through a distribution relationship with the MSN Music Service. The company signed a distribution agreement with Real Networks to provide spoken work and audio entertainment content to Real's subscriber base. The company also signed an agreement with MusicNet, a business-to-business digital music service provider, to serve as its exclusive spoken word content aggregator. MusicNet's distribution partners include an array of subscription-based digital music services such as Yahoo!, HMV, Virgin Digital, Synacor and Cdigix. MusicNet offers these companies and others a suite of digital music experiences. Competition The company’s competes with Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, Books-a-Million, Wal-Mart, RealPlayer or Windows Media Player, Audible, Inc., Apple i-Tunes, America Online, Inc. and Yahoo!

 

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