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Barcode Scanning for Organizing Music and Video Collections

Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, announced the availability of the Socket OrganizeIT(TM) Suite, a software application bundled with a Socket SDIO In-Hand Scan Card that organizes private music and video collections based on UPC barcodes. The Socket OrganizeIT Suite is compatible with PC, Pocket PC and PalmOne devices, allowing information to be easily synchronized and updated between mobile devices and PCs for easy management. The suite also includes a barcode label printing program for labeling customized media.

“Consumer media collections have become more and more complex with many individuals owning thousands of music and video titles on DVD, CD and video,” said Peter Phillips, vice president of marketing at Socket Communications. “The Socket OrganizeIT Suite makes the ownership of music and movies both manageable and fun. Users can now scan, manage, view and print entire music and video collections in minutes.”

The Socket OrganizeIT Suite is the first product of its kind that offers a complete solution for consumers who want to manage their music and movie collection using a Socket SDIO barcode scanner with their handheld device. The Socket OrganizeIT Suite searches the web to provide detailed information based on barcode data. This information gives power to consumers who want their music and movie collection data readily at their fingertips.

With the Socket OrganizeIT Suite, users are now able to track all music and movies by scanning hundreds of titles and store them for future purchases, rentals, or to rate items under consideration. Information can be available from the web or manually entered to complete a collection. The Socket OrganizeIT Suite also enables users to track music and movie items without barcodes because the Socket OrganizeIT Suite provides a barcode label maker for CDs, DVDs, VHS and other media that are custom designed by the users.

The Socket OrganizeIT Suite enables users to manually enter personal ratings or other notes to further customize entries. Once titles have been scanned and entered into the Socket OrganizeIT Suite, users can easily sort the items or search for specific music or video titles based on any of the key information captured. For instance, when pricing information is included, users can perform an automatic valuation of their collections for insurance purposes. Additionally, the Socket OrganizeIT Suite allows consumers to scan items under consideration to create detailed wish lists for future purchases and rentals. Socket’s OrganizeIT Suite is compatible with popular media playing and storing software programs such as Microsoft’s Media Player and Real Networks’ RealPlayer.

Specifications:

Socket OrganizeIT Suite is an industry-first software application that works in conjunction with desktop or laptop PCs, Pocket PCs and PalmOne devices. The suite includes three versatile applications: music, video and bar code label printing. OrganizeIT is compatible with Windows 98/98SE, ME, NT, 2000 and XP as well as Windows Mobile and Palm Operating System for handheld devices. The Socket SDIO In-Hand Scan Card is very compact, weighing only 7.3 grams. Using low power supplied directly from the mobile device, the card decodes UPC bar codes as well as many other popular bar code symbologies. For complete specifications, visit: www.socketcom.com/product/sw1216-560.asp.

Pricing and Availability

The Socket OrganizeIT Suite including the Socket SDIO In-Hand Scan Card is available immediately through Socket’s North American distribution channels with an MSRP of $299 or directly from the Socket website at www.socketcom.com.

About Socket

Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, provides the broadest range of data collection and connectivity products for mobile computers, including Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, Windows CE devices, Palm PDAs and Smartphones, as well as Tablet PCs and notebooks. Socket’s Mobility Friendly(TM) products are feature-rich while promoting ease of use and lead the market with the smallest footprint and the most Battery Friendly(R) power consumption in their class. Socket’s Embedded Systems Group provides hardware developers with solutions using mobilityIC(TM) interface chips and KwikBlue(TM) modules with embedded Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California and can be reached at 510-744-2700 or www.socketcom.com.

Socket and Battery Friendly are registered trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Mobile Connection Company, Mobility Friendly, MyNavigator and KwikBlue are trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Socket Communications, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners. (C) 2005, Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contacts

Socket Communications, Inc. Tatia Meghdadi, 510-744-2751 (Editorial) [email protected] Nadel Phelan Cara Sloman, 831-440-2411 (Editorial) [email protected] Wolfe Axelrod Weinberger Associates, LLC Stephen D. Axelrod, CFA, 212-370-4500 (IR) [email protected]