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iriver Announces 'The Series' - Free Online Hip-Hop Powered by AudioFeast

The Series Features Hottest Independent Artists and Giants of Hip-Hop

MILPITAS, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- iriver, the leading innovator in digital entertainment, and AudioFeast, the first portable Internet radio provider for MP3 players, today launched "The Series," a range of free streaming hip-hop shows available at The Series delivers five commercial free hip-hop shows, including an exclusive iriver channel hosted by iriver Music Group artist $traw.

iriver is offering its music fans a mix of hip-hop entertainment that is refreshed weekly and can be synched with a variety of iriver players. Listeners can check out some of the hottest independent artists, get a classic lesson from the giants of hip-hop or visit the "Hot Spot" which features some of the biggest names in the industry.

Current show line-up includes:

-- Independent Artists: Breaking new artists from the ground up, host
$traw from the iriver Music Group brings you hip hop's hottest talent
first. Bringing exclusive cuts from unsigned artists, you won't want to
miss what $traw and producer DJ Spider drop each week.
-- The Foundation: Get a classic lesson from the giants of hip-hop past.
Hear artists like Grandmaster Flash, Erik B. and Rakim, N.W.A,
Schoolly D and many more. Host Davey D is a hip-hop historian,
journalist and DJ. He's been down with hip hop since 1977 in the Bronx
where he started out as an emcee for two crews; TDK out of Co-op City
and the Avengers out of the Marble Hill Section of the Bronx.
-- The Mix Show: Move over for DJ Backside as she takes over the
turntables for an hour of non-stop beats each week. Hear hip-hop's
hottest artists blended and remixed -- 50 Cent, Snoop, Ciara, Jay-Z and
many more. When Oakland's DJ Backside isn't mixing, catch her in the
Bay Area's hottest clubs and on the radio every Friday night.
-- The Hot Spot: Plug in for a blazin' hour of commercial-free hip-hop
and R&B featuring tracks from the biggest names in the game: G-Unit,
Eminem, Lil Flip, Kayne West and many more.
-- The Bassment: Step down to The Bassment for hip-hop you won't find on
mainstream radio. Get into the mix with DJ Spider for underground cuts
from artists like Common, Geto Boys, Quasimoto, Time Machine, Kice and

"It's great to have a partner like iriver who is as supportive of independent artists and music services as we are," said Jennifer Doyle, AudioFeast's vice president of marketing. "AudioFeast offers tons of diverse music, which include the many independent artists involved with iriver. These artists help keep our independent channels street level and totally fresh."

"At the end of the day, we're all avid music fans," said Jonathan Sasse, president of iriver America. "iriver is thrilled to not only provide the best players to enjoy music but also to support the music community and independent artists by bringing new independent music and classics to our customers. AudioFeast provided us with a unique technology solution that is allowing The Series to become a reality."

iriver's The Series is available on the web at: .

About the iriver Music Group

The iriver Music Group works in partnership with today's most talented independent artists, helping to provide national exposure and promotional opportunities. Las Vegas-based hip-hop artist $traw, the iriver Music Group's premiere member, has just wrapped up performing at Maxim Magazine's Spring Break Party in Cancun and is currently featured in the pages of The Source, VIBE and other national publications.

About AudioFeast, Inc.

AudioFeast, Inc. is first to market with a portable Internet radio service for MP3 players, mobile devices and PCs. The service features more than 400 channels of "all you can listen to" news, sports, music and entertainment radio programming. Built on its patent pending Virtual Broadcast Network, AudioFeast can deliver radio programs to a variety of portable devices, and over networks, with far greater ease-of-use, reliability and cost efficiency than traditional distribution methods. Founded in 2002, the company is privately funded. For information call 650-940-9418 or visit

About iriver

iriver is the leading innovator in delivering portable digital media devices. iriver provides consumers with the viewing, listening and recording flexibility to accommodate their active lifestyles by manufacturing award-winning hybrid products supporting existing and emerging formats. Milpitas-based iriver America, Inc. can be found on the Web at

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