NOVATO, Calif.--May 11, 2005--Sonic Solutions(R) (NASDAQ:SNIC), the leader in digital media software, announced today that it has entered into a multi-year license agreement with Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), a leader in personalized software and services, in which Yahoo! will embed AuthorScript Music, Sonic`s digital music CD/DVD burning and ripping engine for music in both its current music applications, Yahoo! Music Engine and Musicmatch Jukebox 10. With AuthorScript, Yahoo! Music users will now have access to the most reliable and efficient solution for burning custom music CDs and DVDs.
"Because Yahoo! Music services are so widely used, Yahoo! required a burning engine that was fully featured, easy to integrate, and that allowed them to release new versions quickly," said Jim Taylor, senior vice president and general manager of Sonic`s Advanced Technology Group. "With its support of all major audio formats, built-in support for new models of CD and DVD drives, and a small footprint for fast downloading, Sonic AuthorScript is an ideal solution for Yahoo!."
AuthorScript Music is based on Sonic`s AuthorScript CD/DVD formatting and burning engine and provides Yahoo! Music with over forty music-centric features that have been built for online music service providers and audio application developers. Highlights include a small 1MB footprint for significantly faster downloading than competing solutions, MP3 CD support that allows Yahoo! Music users to create CDs that can be played in MP3 CD players, and SilentSelect(TM) technology that automatically supports CD/DVD burning and playback in new drives as they become available.
As the product life cycles for CD and DVD recorders continue to speed up, new drives are arriving on the market faster than ever. As a result, CD and DVD recorder support and burn engine qualification are among the most costly ongoing maintenance issues for software application developers. In addition, the explosive growth of numerous low-cost CD and DVD recorders from an abundance of manufacturers has prompted a huge demand for a consistent music burning application that will support them all. Since it is engineered to automatically enable new drive support with its SilentSelect technology, Sonic AuthorScript Music provides online music distributors and application developers with the confidence that their PC applications will work with virtually any burner ever shipped, resulting in the best possible end-user experience and minimizing costly technical support calls and software updates.
"We are delighted that Yahoo! has chosen AuthorScript Music," said Mark Ely, senior vice-president of strategy at Sonic Solutions. "Today`s online music consumers require fast, error-free burning of the music they purchase. Sonic`s disc creation technologies give Yahoo! Music the assurance that their customers will experience reliable CD burning every time, enhancing the already great experience they have of buying, organizing, and enjoying their music with Yahoo! Music."