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RCA mp3 personal CD players and home audio systems deliver high performance and new features.

Innovative SmartTrax Digital File Management System Keeps Track of Your Favorite Songs

New York - July 10, 2002 - As a growing number of consumers select recordable CDs as a medium for organizing and listening to their favorite digital music files, Thomson (Euronext: 18453) (NYSE: TMS) is introducing four new mp3 audio products that provide consumers with a variety of listening options. Ranging from personal CD players and portable boomboxes to home audio systems, the new mp3 CD products feature advanced user interfaces in stylish packages.

“Since most consumers do not want to be tied down to their PC desktop to enjoy their digital music collection, our diverse line of mp3 compatible CD products gives consumers a variety of solutions that maximize the benefits of compressed audio,” said Mark Redmond, Vice President, Worldwide Audio and Video Products, Thomson. “With new innovations such as the SmartTrax music management system, Thomson is making it easier for consumers to manage CDs filled with hundreds of digital music files and create playlists at the touch of a button.”

Stylish, Personal CD Player and mp3 Boombox With SmartTraxä

Two new mp3 CD products feature SmartTrax, a new navigation concept for quickly accessing specific songs or playlists among the hundreds of tracks on a CD-R/RW. Using a library of computer-generated identification tags to identify digital audio files by title, artist, album, year, genre and track number, the SmartTrax file management system can “read” song data from the recordable CD, allowing consumers to view song data and create playlists at the touch of a button. SmartTrax supported products can read the song data even before the song is played, an exclusive feature of the new system.

Two models incorporate the SmartTrax feature – the RCA RP2458 personal CD player and the RCA RCD128 portable boombox. The metallic silver personal CD player combines eye-catching slim styling and advanced features. The RP2458 RCA personal CD player supports mp3 and Windows Media music formats, and features up to six minutes of espXtreme skip protection, making this CD player virtually skip-free in most conditions and a great choice for joggers and runners. The four-line dot matrix display shows SmartTrax data and allows track/folder programmability with a random playback option. It also includes X-Phoneä stereo headphones that fit comfortably behind the listener’s head, an AC/DC adapter and a music management CD-ROM. Available this fall, suggested retail price of the RP2458 is $99.

With the RCA Portable mp3 Boombox, music fans can share their favorite mp3 CDs with friends and family while on the go. The RCD128 supports discs with mp3 and Windows Media files and allows consumers to create and edit playlist information. It also has 30 AM/FM stereo presets, a 20-track CD memory and remote control for enhanced convenience. Available now at Best Buy, suggested retail price of the RCD128 is $99.

More mp3 Options

Two more options for consumers with mp3 CD discs are the RCA RP2450 Personal CD Player and the RCA RS2605 5-CD Shelf System.

The RP2450 supports both mp3 and Windows Media Audio files, and its 128- second espX skip protection lets active consumers enjoy a skip-free listening experience. The two-line text display shows song title and artist and consumers can use the folder management system to program playlists, or select the shuffle function. The RP2450 also includes X-Phone stereo headphones and a music management CD-ROM. Available in August at Wal-Mart and Best Buy, suggested retail price of the RP2450 is $79.

Perfect for a bedroom or dorm room, the new RCA RS2605 5-CD Shelf System with mp3 playback features three-way speakers and woofers with KEVLAR material to deliver crisp, clear sounds. The RS2605, a 100-watt system, also includes a digital AM/FM stereo tuner with multiple station presets and the CD player features shuffle play and a 32-track programmable memory. The LCD display allows easy navigation through classifications such as music genre, artist and album title. Available now at Wal-Mart, suggested retail price of the RCA RS2605 is $149.

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Certain statements in this press release, including any discussion of management expectations for future periods, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements due to changes in global economic and business conditions, consumer electronics markets, and regulatory factors. More detailed information on the potential factors that could affect the financial results of Thomson multimedia is contained in Thomson multimedia’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Thomson
With sales of 10.5 billion Euros (U.S. $ 9.3 billion) in 2001 and 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson multimedia (Paris Euroclear: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), provides a wide range of video (and enabling) technologies, systems, finished products and services to consumers and professionals in the entertainment and media industries. To advance and enable the digital media transition, Thomson multimedia has five principal activities: Digital Media Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products, Patents and Licensing and New Media Services. The company distributes its products and services under the THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names.

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