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Imagine Media's Online Computing Division Joins the Digital Music Revolution by Signing earBuzz.com.

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BRISBANE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 2000

Staying at the forefront of online technology, Imagine's Computing Division signs earBuzz.com as its first digital music affiliate. earBuzz.com will be part of the MacAddict.com's network of Web sites and the upcoming T3magazine.com. The new affiliate offers visitors to these sites the ability to listen to music, find out about new independent artists and even submit original music -- all free.

earBuzz.com is the only internet distribution site to offer free services as well as 100 percent of the profits from CD purchases to the artists. The policies of earBuzz.com are designed to help empower artists to gain control of their financial future as Internet distribution of CDs continues to grow.

Recently, earBuzz.com has been mentioned as a top resource for independent musicians and has had extensive media coverage by Apple Computer, GIG Magazine, Music Connection, Indie-Music.com and many other music resources. earBuzz.com artists are able to utilize earBuzz.com's features by promoting their own dedicated URL to their fan base for purchasing at www.earbuzz.com/"artist-band name" (i.e. www.earBuzz.com/nelson).

"It's a very exciting time for music and music lovers online right now -- and I am thrilled that earBuzz.com has been invited to be part of Imagine's Computing Division Networks ( MacAddict.com and T3magazine.com)," said Nancy Kimenker, vice president, Artist Relations and Retail for earBuzz.com. "This affiliation will provide great music to network surfers and will help these talented artists get in front of more and more music buyers' ears."

Digital music online is propelled by the same groups of users who frequent Imagine's Web sites. "Being a part of the digital music revolution is an imperative step for us," said Marcale Wallace, general manager for Imagine's Online Computing Networks. "It's the future of music right through your computer or hand gadgets and even your phone. Our users are in the forefront of the technological revolution that music will play a big part in. earBuzz.com is a great fit with our networks and users. Not only do musicians benefit from this incredible service, listeners and our users will have the opportunity to be a part of the digital music revolution."

Imagine's Online Computing Divison Networks is comprised of MaximumPC.com, MacAddict.com, MaximumLinux.com, digitalFoto.com and the soon to arrive, T3magazine.com. These sites represent the pulse of the technology-savvy in the Internet Age with its users being the first to research new products and the first to buy them. MacAddict.com celebrates its fourth birthday this year, and MaximumPC.com celebrated its first in June and showed a 1000 percent in ad inventory since its launch.

About Imagine Media, Inc.

Imagine Media (www.imaginemedia.com) is one of America's fastest-growing publishers of magazines and Web sites. Its success is based on the "passion" strategy: creating products that consumers are truly excited about. It recently merged into the Future Network plc (www.futurenet.com), the media company founded by Imagine's CEO Chris Anderson in 1985. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Imagine Media's publications sell in excess of 2.5 million copies per month. Its market-leading titles and Web properties include Maximum PC, Business 2.0, Maximum Linux, digitalFOTO, MacAddict, PC Gamer, PC Accelerator, Total Movie, Total Games, PSM: 100% Independent PlayStation Magazine, Next Generation, Official Sega Dreamcast Magazine, Games Business, and its online networks DailyRadar.com, MacAddict.com and MaximumPC.com.

About The Future Network Plc

Future was founded in the U.K. in 1985. Today it publishes over 127 magazines worldwide and has extensive online activities attracting the attention of 4.9 million unique visitors and generating over 83 million page views per month. It is the world's fastest growing major publisher; the leading publisher of video games and home computing magazines in the U.K., France, Italy, Poland and the U.S.; and ranks as the fourth largest magazine publisher in the U.K. Future employs over 1,500 people in offices in Bath, London, San Francisco, New York, Paris, Milan, Munich, Rotterdam and Wroclaw. Future was floated on the London Stock Exchange in June 1999 and has a current market capitalisation of over (pound)1 billion.

Future's Internet activities serve the PC, Mac, Games, Music and Football communities in the U.S. and the U.K. with fast-growing sites like maximumpc.com, maximumpc.co.uk, dailyradar.com, intermusic.com, and totalfootball.co.uk. Future's Web sites and Web networks provide rich, community and information-based services to people in these and related markets worldwide.

About earBuzz.com

earBuzz.com, the fast, simple, and FREE ecommerce music site for independent music artists, launched July 4th, 1999, Independence Day, as the FREE ecommerce internet site for independent artists to sell their CDs. earBuzz.com will continue to have FREE artists set up, FREE web pages, FREE mp3 encoding, FREE inventory services, and now FREE e-commerce.
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