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Nero Recode 2 Surpasses 34 Million Downloads In First Eight Weeks!

Nero Digital Continues Its Success Story

KARLSBAD, GERMANY (March 2nd, 2004) -- Ahead Software, leaders in digital media technology, today announced that the latest addition to its best-selling Nero 6 digital media product, Nero Recode 2, has already surpassed 34 million downloads within the first eight weeks of release. Nero Recode 2 which includes Nero Digital™, the world's fastest MPEG-4 video and audio encoder, was part of December's Nero 6.3 launch and is available as a free update to Nero 6 retail users across the globe.

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

“Seeing is believing” says Charly Lippoth, Business and Product Development Manager of Ahead Software AG, “Nero Digital is setting the standards in audio and video compression technology, combining unbelievable speed, home theater quality and re-packaging the complete DVD experience at a fraction of the space. Nero Digital™ compatible set top and portable devices are set to become the hottest selling CE equipment in the coming months.”

For further information, please contact Jenny Menhart [email protected] or Narine Galstian [email protected]

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.