Niveus Media Centers Now Shipping With HD Media Store, Featuring MusicGiants’ HD Music

MusicGiants and Niveus Media become the first
to deliver CD lossless quality and multi-channel music downloads directly into
the Media Center experience.

Milpitas, CA – April 11, 2007
Niveus Media, Inc. the award-winning manufacturer of hardware and software
digital media entertainment solutions, and MusicGiants™, the leader in HD music
downloads, are pleased to announce the availability of high definition 2.0
stereo and 5.1 surround sound music downloadable on Niveus’ 2007 Windows
Vista-based media centers!

Niveus’ new HD Media Store provides an intuitive media
center interface to access MusicGiants’ extensive network of digital downloads
from major and independent labels. Niveus’ exclusively designed media store is
the first high definition media portal that enables downloads and purchases
through Windows Media Center via MusicGiants. The HD Media Store enables
customers to easily browse, purchase, and download music from MusicGiants in
the Windows Media Audio Lossless (WMA) format store, and seamlessly access this
content from within the Windows Media Center ‘Music’ menu, providing a single
location for one’s entire music collection.

“Niveus is excited to bring our dealers and customers into
the world of HD Media downloads,” states Tim Cutting, CEO of Niveus Media. “By
working closely with MusicGiants, Niveus is the first to launch an integrated
music shopping experience that delivers the best in high quality music
downloads from the MusicGiants catalog.”

Purchasing uncompromised HD music has never been easier.
Niveus’ 2007 Vista-based media servers, including the Summit Series, Rainier
and Denali Editions, as well as the Pro Series, n7 and n9, are now shipping
[and are a great option for those dealers and custom integrators looking to
fill the void from HP’s recent decision to discontinue development of its Media
Center Edition (MCE)-based Digital Entertainment Center (DEC)] and incorporate
the live HD Media Store software application.

MusicGiants, which launched in 2005, is the only music
download service to offer high-definition, digital recordings from the top
music companies such as EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal
Music Group and Warner Music Group. Their downloads deliver full resolution
music at up to 1100 kbps for “true CD quality” sound. This WMA format boasts up
to four times the sound quality of any other download service, including those
expected to be available in May 2007 from EMI through Apple. MusicGiants also
offers Super HD downloads (as in re-mastered DVD Audio or SACDs available in
either 5.1 surround sound or 2.0 stereo) which play at sample rates up to
11,000 kbps.

“We’re pleased to have Niveus be our first hardware partner
to deliver MusicGiants’ integrated premium HD entertainment to their media
centers,” said Scott Bahneman, CEO of MusicGiants. “The combination of Niveus
and the Vista platform now allows consumers to purchase their entertainment at
the highest quality available for home use and also transcode it down for all
of their portable devices.”

Niveus customers with Windows XP-based media centers can
visit the website for the latest product and software updates, product
information, and software downloads, including the MusicGiants portal. Niveus’
2007 media centers are amongst the first Windows Vista Ultimate-based Media
Center systems to incorporate Intel’s Viiv™ technology including Core 2 Duo
processors, HD DVD and CableCARD compatibility for premium HD television
viewing and recording.

For more information on Niveus Media, please visit

For more information on MusicGiants, please visit

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4 thoughts on “Niveus Media Centers Now Shipping With HD Media Store, Featuring MusicGiants’ HD Music

  1. What is so HD about audio?

    Not sure why everyone hates Hi-Fi so much, but it really does fit better than HD and confuses consumers less.
    Ohh, thats right, they like to confuse the very popular HDTV with the less popular hi-fidelity music.

  2. Any Idea how the 5.1 HD audio works? Do you have to use 6 analog connection out to your AV receiver ? Will it pass 5.1 by optical cable? I would assume it has the same annoying optical restriction as SACDs.

  3. I would guess that the 5.1 does NOT require analog connections. It’s in WMA Pro format, which as far as I know has no way to make that type of restriction.

    I see that all their surround offerings have been released as SACD or DVD-A. They were all created by playing the SACD/DVD-A and capturing the analog out with a 5.1 sound card. I wonder how they got the license to distribute them.

    As for the rest of their music, since when is 16/44.1k hi def? Sure it’s better quality than the compressed music most online stores offer, but most people I know cringe when companies try to call 24/48k hi res. The original CD wasn’t hi def, so why call a WMA version derived from the CD hi def?

  4. Chris,

    can you check on thegreenbutton password reset feature. i forgot what password and used to register and can’t login. i’ve tried the password reset feature on the greenbutton everyday for the last 3-4 days and no email has been sent regarding a new password. Can you check on this please?

    Thank you.


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