ALBANY, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 29, 2000–TWEC.COM, the e-commerce site of leading entertainment products retailer Trans World Entertainment Corporation (Nasdaq National Market:TWMC), announced today that it has expanded its relationship with RealNetworks(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:RNWK), to promote TWEC.COM through RealJukebox(TM). The promotion also includes placement of TWEC.COM as the premier music retailer associated with a custom version of RealJukebox.
Users will be able to download digital music via the TWEC.COM branded RealJukebox with the option to purchase the music from TWEC.COM’s web site. As part of the agreement, RealNetworks will list TWEC.COM as the premier link to buy music in the Get Music panel of the TWEC.COM branded RealJukebox.
RealNetworks’ RealJukebox enables consumers to build and manage extensive digital music collections by recording songs from CDs or downloading songs from the Internet to play them back via PC, portable music player or stereo.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with RealNetworks via the RealJukebox software,” said Michael Madden, President/COO of Trans World Entertainment. “Partnering with RealNetworks has given us the opportunity to expand our customer base and provide our users with the most comprehensive digital music experience possible on the Web.”
The new TWEC.COM RealJukebox feature provides users with one click access to additional music, movies or games from the 500,000-title inventory offered on www.twec.com.
“Working with TWEC.COM was a logical next step for us as we continue to broaden the reach of our RealJukebox brand,” said Dave Richards, vice president, Consumer Products at RealNetworks, Inc. “We are confident that our link to TWEC.COM will introduce RealJukebox to a new and diverse audience of music enthusiasts.”
About Trans World Entertainment
Trans World Entertainment is the leading music retailer in the United States. The Company operates retail stores in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as well as an e-commerce site, www.twec.com. Mall locations include Camelot Music, Record Town, The Wall and F.Y.E. Freestanding locations include Coconuts Music and Movies, Strawberries Music, Spec’s and Planet Music.
About The Web’s Entertainment Center (TWEC.COM)
TWEC.COM is the online hub for Trans World Entertainment’s retail stores. With worldwide distribution spanning 16 countries in addition to the United States, the site features all of the music CDs and cassettes, video games, DVD and VHS (PAL and NTSC) home videos that are available at its retail stores, and more. TWEC.COM is home to Trans World’s “On Stage” series, featuring live concerts, online chats, in-store artist appearance schedules, in-studio performances and entertainment media that is on-demand.
RealJukebox, the first complete digital music system, enables consumers to easily acquire, play and manage their personal music collections. It has been downloaded by more than 25 million unique users in the eight months since its launch in May 1999, making it the world’s most popular music jukebox software. RealJukebox turns PCs into the best way to experience music by allowing consumers to listen to their favorite music at their convenience, record their personal CD collections to their PC hard drive, find and download music from the Internet, organize and personalize music collections, and take their music anywhere through the use of portable music players, CD-R drives and removable media. RealJukebox is immediately available for free download at www.real.com.
RealNetworks and RealJukebox are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc.
CONTACT: Trans World Entertainment Michael Madden President/COO (518) 452-1248 x7077 or THE MWW GROUP Media Relations Susan Boyle () Laurie Terry Fern () (201) 507-9500