Roxio to Offer CD Burning for RealNetworks' RealOne Consumers
Milpitas, California - (December 4, 2001) - Roxio, Inc. (Nasdaq:ROXI), the Digital Media Company, today announced that it will provide the CD recording technology for RealNetworks® (Nasdaq: RNWK) new RealOne Player, the all-in-one digital media player, which integrates functions of RealPlayer and RealJukebox, a media browser and content discovery window, and a significantly enhanced subscription service. The new Easy CD Creator Basic Plug-in from Roxio is included with the RealOne Player and gives users the ability to burn music and data CDs, at 2x speeds, and now supports the MP3 and RealAudio® 8 file formats. Roxio is currently the provider of CD recording technology for RealNetworks' RealJukebox® 2.0.
For full-speed burning and other performance enhancements to the
Basic Plug-in included with the RealOne Player, Roxio offers users
a new Easy CD Creator Plus Plug-in for $19.95, available through
an upgrade button within the RealOne Player. For greater CD burning
functionality, users can purchase Roxio's full-featured Easy CD
Creator 5 Platinum software package, with a suggested retail price
of $99.95. The additional features of the new Easy CD Creator Plus
Plug-in include faster burn speeds, automatic sound normalization
of audio tracks, multi-session burning of audio and data files,
and enhanced directory support for sorting and burning data files
by artist, genre or album. Those users who upgrade to Easy CD Creator
5 Platinum will enjoy all benefits of the Easy CD Creator Plus Plug-in
and more: custom CD label creation, advanced music recording features
(e.g., track transitions, fade-ins and fade-outs), photo and video
editing, photo and video CD burning, and complete data burning support.
Additionally, those customers who already have Roxio's Easy CD Creator
4 Deluxe or Easy CD Creator 5 Platinum on their PC will have the
functionality of the Easy CD Creator Plus Plug-in when using the
RealOne Player. Customers who already have Easy CD Creator 4 Basic
or Easy CD Creator 5 Basic on their PC will be able to burn at full-speed
when using the RealOne Player.
"Roxio is the proven leader in managing and moving digital
content to CD," said Tom Shea, chief operating officer for
Roxio. "This collaboration with RealNetworks will continue
to raise awareness for the Roxio brand and provide the opportunity
to potentially upgrade RealOne users to our full-featured CD recording
product, Easy CD Creator 5 Platinum."
"Consumers today can listen to their personal music collection
anywhere-at home, at work, online, and on the go," said Tom
Romary, vice president, Consumer Marketing, RealNetworks, Inc. "Roxio's
CD burning solution enables our RealOne Player customers to have
the flexibility to take their personal MP3 and RealAudio 8 music
files with them wherever they go."
The RealOne Player is available now as a free download or, with
access to additional premium features and services, as part of RealOne
basic membership at www.real.com. Customers who want to purchase
Roxio's Easy CD Creator Plus Plug-in or Easy CD Creator 5 Platinum
can access an upgrade button from within RealOne Player.
RealOne is the single source for consumers to discover, play and
manage the best in brand-name digital programming - music, entertainment,
sports, news, and more. An all-in-one service and technology platform,
RealOne is the streamlined integration of the playback, download
and management functions of RealPlayer® and RealJukebox combined
with a media browser and content discovery window, and united with
a significantly enhanced subscription service. RealOne Platform
empowers content providers and technology partners to create a new
generation of digital media experiences and businesses that transform
their consumers' media experience, enrich their offerings, and enable
commerce opportunities. More information about RealNetworks' RealOne
is located on the Internet at www.real.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
The matters discussed relating to Roxio in this press release,
in particular matters related to Roxio's OEM relationships, include
forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and
uncertainties, including delays in product development, competition
in the software industry, and failure to maintain OEM relationships,
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected. Additional information on these and other factors are
contained in Roxio's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC), including the Company's Annual Report on Form
10-K as filed with the SEC on July 1, 2002 and Quarterly Report
on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on November 13, 2002, copies
of which are available at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
Roxio assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements
included in this press release.
Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, develops and markets the best-selling digital media software in the world. Roxio offers
award-winning software products for CD/DVD burning, photo editing and video editing and has an installed base of over 150 million
users. Roxio distributes its products globally through strategic partnerships with major hardware manufacturers, through leading
retailers, through Internet partnerships and through direct sales at www.roxio.com. Roxio's
parent company, Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC;
http://www.sonic.com) is the leader in digital media software and provides a broad range of software
tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users and technology partners. Sonic's products range from professional
DVD authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies that are used to produce the majority of Hollywood movies released on DVD,
to the award-winning Roxio- and Sonic-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup applications that have become the premiere solutions
for consumers and business users worldwide. Sonic's AuthorScript® is the de facto standard for CD and DVD burning and formatting and has
been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Broadcom, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others.
Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.
Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, Roxio, MyDVD, CineMagic, Plug & Burn, LiveShare, Roxio Easy Media Creator, and
AuthorScript are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sonic Solutions or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other
countries. Dolby is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective
owners and, in some cases, are used by Sonic Solutions under license. Specifications, pricing and delivery schedules are subject
to change without notice.