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Nero 6, major update now included with Philips Jack Rabbit 4

Ahead introduces major update to the Nero 6 OEM Digital Media Suite and systematically raises the stakes in superior DVD recordable solutions for drive and PC manufacturers.

LAS VEGAS, NV, USA (January 8th, 2004) -- Ahead Software, leaders in digital media technology, today announced that their award-winning DVD/CD recording software, Nero 6, will now be bundled with Philips’ portable DVD burner, Jack Rabbit 4.

The Philips Jack Rabbit 4 is the first product to be sold with the updated Nero 6 OEM suite including athe powerful DVD-Authoring suite NeroVision Express, the feature-rich DVD-playback software Nero ShowTime and furthermore including Nero Recode 2, the World’s most compelling DVD requantizer and transcoder. Powered by Nero Digital, Ahead’s MPEG-4 video and HE AAC audio solution, Recode 2 can re-author, copy, re-process and recode MPEG-2 streams, (DVD-9 to DVD-5), and transcode “non-protected” DVD movies or DVD folders keeping chapters, sub-titles, and surround sound audio.

The Jack Rabbit 4 provides mobile PC users and entertainment enthusiasts alike the ultimate storage and playback solution for enjoying video, music, and more on the move. The Jack Rabbit 4 can be used to burn DVD+RW/R discs containing up to 4.7 Gb of data, such as videos, which can then be played back on the vast majority of DVD-Video and DVD-ROM drives and players currently in the consumer marketplace. In addition, the JackRabbit 4 is capable of burning CD-RW and CD-R discs, as well as playing back DVD-Video, DVD-ROM and audio CDs (including MP3-CDs). The Jack Rabbit 4 also allows you to playback your DVD-video’s on TV giving home users and travellers the same ease-of-use they would expect from a full-sized living room DVD or CD player.

The drive can also be used as a photo viewer, enabling the playback of both Picture CDs and JPEG collections on a PC or a TV, either as slide shows or individually. For DVD movies as well as Audio CD/MP3-CD playback, the Jack Rabbit 4 also handles 5.1 digital surround sound and includes a headphone connection for discreet music listening.

“Philips selected the Nero 6 suite because of its wide range of unique features and its recognised ease of use”, says Michiel Hagoort, Product Manager for BCU Peripherals & Accessories, Philips Consumer Electronics, “We feel the Nero 6 suite enriches the user experience with its user friendly and intuitive solution for editing and viewing any kind of digital content.”

Ahead Software is the recognized leader in CD and DVD recording, consistently pushing the technological barriers. “We are delighted to introduce the Nero 6 OEM suite and to be bringing such a formidable product offering to the DVD Recordable market” says Jim Corbett, Executive Director of Ahead Software AG.

About Ahead

Ahead Software provides the most reliable CD/DVD software applications available to serve digital media markets worldwide. Since its inception in 1995, Ahead’s leading application, Nero, has built a loyal customer base of more than 120 million users
World-wide.

Ahead’s award-winning flagship product Nero 6 provides an all-in-one comprehensive CD/DVD burning suite. Ahead’s product line also includes Nero Digital – audio/video technology, Sipps – VOIP, and Across – professional computer aided translation software. Ahead distributes its products globally through world’s leading drive manufacturers and PC makers, as well as leading worldwide retailers, online partners, and also directly to consumers at www.nero.com. Ahead Software AG is headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany, with its subsidiary Ahead Software Inc. located in Glendale, CA. USA.