International Rollout of Amazon MP3 in 2008

SEATTLE, Jan 27, 2008 – (NASDAQ:AMZN – News) today announced that in 2008 the company will begin an international rollout of Amazon MP3, Amazon’s DRM-free MP3 digital music store where every song is playable on virtually any digital music-capable device, including the PC, Mac®, iPod®, Zune®, Zen®, iPhone™, RAZR™, and BlackBerry®. Amazon MP3 is the only retailer to offer customers DRM-free MP3s from all four major music labels as well as over 33,000 independent labels.

“We have received thousands of e-mails from Amazon customers around the world asking us when we will make Amazon MP3 available outside of the U.S. They can’t wait to choose from the biggest selection of high-quality, low-priced DRM-free MP3 music downloads which play on virtually any music device they own today or will own in the future,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Digital Music. “We are excited to tell those customers today that Amazon MP3 is going international this year.”

Launched on in September 2007, Amazon MP3 offers Earth’s Biggest Selection of a la carte DRM-free MP3 music downloads, which now includes over 3.3 million songs from more than 270,000 artists. Every song and album in the Amazon MP3 music download store is available exclusively in the MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM) software and is encoded at 256 kbps to deliver high audio quality. Amazon MP3 customers are free to enjoy their music downloads using any hardware device; organize their music using any music management application, such as iTunes® or Windows Media Player™; and burn songs to CDs for personal use.

Most songs available on Amazon MP3 are priced from 89 cents to 99 cents, with more than 1 million of the over 3.3 million songs priced at 89 cents. The top 100 bestselling songs are 89 cents, unless marked otherwise. Most albums are priced from $5.99 to $9.99. The top 100 bestselling albums are $8.99 or less, unless marked otherwise. Buying and downloading MP3s from Amazon MP3 is easy. Customers can purchase downloads using Amazon 1-Click shopping, and with the Amazon MP3 Downloader, seamlessly add their MP3s to their iTunes® or Windows Media Player™ libraries.

The company is not disclosing a specific launch timeline for individual Amazon international websites.

About, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN – News), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection., Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as books, movies, music & games, digital downloads, electronics & computers, home & garden, toys, kids & baby, grocery, apparel, shoes & jewelry, health & beauty, sports & outdoors, tools, auto & industrial.

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Questex Media Acquires FierceMarkets

New York, NY January 22, 2008 – FierceMarkets (, a leading online B2B media company, has announced its acquisition by Questex Media Group, Inc. (, a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider headquartered in Newton, MA.

The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (, a New York-based independent investment bank that specializes in media and information, represented FierceMarkets in this transaction and acted as its exclusive financial advisor.

Based in Washington, DC, FierceMarkets helps business marketers reach targeted decision-makers through its portfolio of e-mail newsletters, web sites, webinars and live events focusing on the Telecommunications, Life Sciences, Healthcare, IT, and Finance industries. The company currently produces 19 targeted online publications, primarily marketed under the Fierce brand, including FierceWireless, FierceBiotech, FierceCIO, FierceHealthcare, FierceFinance and many others.

With 45% compound annual revenue growth over five years, more than 300 repeat advertisers, and triple-digit annual audience growth, FierceMarkets has established itself as a leader in the new generation of fast-growth media companies taking traditional trade publishing into the digital age.

“We at FierceMarkets are thrilled to join Questex,” said Jeff Giesea, Founder and President of FierceMarkets. “Questex has a strong leadership team, a global footprint across numerous complementary markets, and a similar vision of creating a global, diversified B2B media company. I think they’re pretty darn “Fierce”. Combined with our expertise and reach in digital B2B, there is a lot of value we can create together.”

“Jeff and his team have built FierceMarkets into a leading B2B lead-generation organization serving key vertical markets,” added Kerry Gumas, Questex Media’s President and CEO. “Their business model is an excellent fit with Questex’s digital strategy to serve the new and evolving demands of readers and advertisers and facilitate a meaningful connection between the two audiences. We welcome Jeff and his team and look forward to working with them to further Questex’s focus on lead generation and integrated campaigns, which are top of mind for our advertising partners across all vertical markets served.”

About FierceMarkets

FierceMarkets, a leader in B2B e-media, provides information and marketing services in the Telecommunications, Life Sciences, Healthcare, IT, and Finance industries through its portfolio of e-mail newsletters, web sites, webinars, and live events. Every business day, FierceMarkets’ wide array of publications reaches more than 560,000 executives in over 100 countries. Current publications include: DailyTechRag; FierceBiotech; FierceBioResearcher; FierceBroadbandWireless; FierceCIO; FierceDeveloper; FierceFinance; FierceHealthcare; FierceHealthIT; FierceIPTV; FierceMobileContent; FiercePharma; FierceSarbox; FierceTelecom; FierceVoIP; FierceWireless; FierceWireless:Europe; IT-Wireless; and The Business VoIP Report.

About Questex Media

Questex Media Group, Inc. is a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider that serves multiple industries including technology, telecommunications, beauty, spa, travel, hospitality, leisure, abilities, home entertainment, landscape design, building services and natural resources through a range of well-established, market-leading publications, events, interactive media, research, information and integrated marketing services. The company’s media properties include over 100 print and digital media publications, 45 conferences, tradeshows and events, and a range of research, data and information products. The company’s operations include more than 400 employees in offices throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

About JEGI

The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI) of New York, NY is a leading independent investment bank for the media and information industries. As a leading M&A advisor to media and information companies, JEGI has closed numerous high-profile transactions for: Global Media and Information Companies; Entrepreneurial Owners; and Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds. JEGI has established an impeccable reputation in the marketplace, which reflects its superior performance on behalf of its clients. The firm’s executive team of investment bankers has over 200 years of combined experience across the media and information market sectors that JEGI serves.


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