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Russound

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Media Contacts:
Gracenote, Inc.
Kathryn Shantz
Tel: (510) 547-9680 Ext. 302
Cell: (415) 350-3518
kshantz@gracenote.com Russound:
Peter Hoagland
Kathryn Shantz
Tel: (540) 349-9648
PeterH@russound.com

GRACENOTE PROVIDES MUSIC MANAGEMENT FOR
RUSSOUND’S SMART MEDIA SERVER
Device Offers Easy-Access to an Entire Music Library Anywhere in the House

CEDIA Expo, Indianapolis, IN -GracenoteTM, the worldwide leader in information services for digital music and media, today announced that the newly debuting Russound SMS3 “Smart Media Server” will enable people to quickly identify any song, artist or album in their entire music collection or link to cover art and related content, using the Gracenote Music Management System. Demonstrations of this device will be given in Gracenote’s CEDIA booth, #1783.

“This is an exciting debut into the media server market for Russound – this device offers sophisticated music management functionality and provides
users with exceptional choices in the way they listen to and store their music,” stated Craig Palmer, president and CEO of Gracenote.

Russound’s SMS3 Smart Media Server stores and manages music and digital images providing easy retrieval from virtually anywhere in the home. The SMS3 can supply three different sources of music simultaneously, making it ideal for use in a high quality Multi-Source/Multi-Zone system. When used with a Russound CAV/UNO-S2 system, the artist, album, and song information is delivered directly to the user via the UNO display. The SMS3 will be shipping in September, 2004 at an MAP of $2899.

The SMS3 Media Server comes complete with a CD-ROM drive, internal 160GB hard drive and an Ethernet connection that allows the user easy access to their music and digital media throughout the home. Additionally, the on-board CD-ROM drive allows the server to be used as a CD player, offering the option of storing the selection on the hard drive. This is a quick, convenient way for the listener to create an extensive and easily sortable collection of their favorite music. The SMS3 also features a composite video output with an innovative and attractive graphical user interface making the Russound Media Server easy to use, entertaining and informative.

Using Gracenote’s technology, the device provides quick identification and access to a person’s entire music collection, making it easy to find the exact song or type of music a person wants to listen to in seconds – for even the largest music collections.

About Gracenote

GracenoteTM is the worldwide leader in information services for digital music and media. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Tokyo and Berlin†and reseller agreements in Seoul and Paris, Gracenote provides a suite of integrated software and services that enable consumer electronics manufacturers and software developers to provide the best in digital entertainment. Globally, over 30 million users each month rely on Gracenote to provide an enhanced music listening experience.

Gracenote’s information services are used by leading consumer electronics manufacturers including†Alpine, Clarion, D&M Holdings, Digion, Fujitsu Ten, JVC, Gibson Audio, Kenwood, Matsushita, Onkyo, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, RCA, Rockford Fosgate, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, TDK and Yamaha; as well as leading media players including AOL’s Winamp, Apple’s iTunes and RealNetworks’ RealPlayer. For more information about Gracenote: www.gracenote.com/corporate/.

About Russound

Russound is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of state of the art audio, video and connectivity products for the residential systems and a/v connectivity markets. Founded in 1967, the company is based in Newmarket, New Hampshire and markets their products throughout the world. Additional information on Russound and its products can be readily obtained at www.russound.com. The company can also be reached by e-mail at sales@russound.com, by phone at 603/659-5170 and by fax at 603/659-5388.

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