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Nero Recode 2 Exceeds 20 Million Downloads Within the First Four Weeks!

Nero 6.3 brings MPEG-4 to the masses

KARLSBAD, GERMANY (January 30th, 2004) -- Ahead Software, leaders in digital media technology, today announced that the latest addition to its Nero product, Nero Recode 2, has already surpassed 20 million downloads within the first four weeks of release. Nero Recode 2 which includes Nero Digital, the world’s fastest MPEG-4 video and audio codec, is part of last month’s update of Nero 6.3.

Nero Recode 2 is the first application to take full advantage of Nero Digital’s power. In addition to its capabilities to re-author, copy, recode and reduce MPEG-2 streams (DVD-9 to DVD-5), Nero Recode 2 can transcode ‘non-protected’ DVD movies to Nero Digital, preserving chapters, sub-titles, multi-channel audio and above all else, quality – all at lightening speed. No other application today offers these features.

“The worldwide success of Nero Digital is extraordinary,” said Richard Lesser, CEO of Ahead Software AG. “Nero Digital will soon be the number 1 brand in MPEG-4 with many CE devices to support this new standard.”

The Nero 6.3 update including Nero Recode 2 with Nero Digital technology is available online at www.nero.com.

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.