LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Liquid Audio Inc., the pioneering developer of secure Internet music-delivery systems, today announced that Aegean Records, a new label owned and operated by recording artist George Michael, will offer CD-quality singles for purchase and download from its Web site in Liquid Audio(R) format. Aegean Records is the first European record company to adopt the Liquid Audio secure electronic music-delivery system, operating the label through the Aegean Web site at http://www.aegean.net/. On Nov. 1, Aegean Records will offer its first Internet single "Chameleon" from up-and-coming British pop group Trigger. Music fans can listen to and purchase "Chameleon" as a Liquid Track(TM) using the Liquid MusicPlayer(TM), which features Dolby Digital, CD-quality sound, and ensures full anti-copy and anti-piracy protection. The Liquid MusicPlayer is available for free download from the Aegean Web site or the Liquid Audio Web site at http://www.liquidaudio.com/. The announcement marks an increase in the music industry's commitment to Internet music delivery and promotion. Future offerings from the Aegean Web site will include music from George Michael, as well as newcomers Toby Bourke and Primitiva. In addition, the label will offer concert tickets, merchandise and band photographs for sale directly from the Internet. "Aegean Records' use of the Liquid Audio technology is a great example of how labels and artists can add to their existing distribution methods," said Scott Burnett, vice president of marketing for Liquid Audio. "George Michael has realized his vision of the Internet as a vehicle for music commerce and, in doing so, has broken ground for both major and independent labels to take advantage of this new channel for music promotion and sales." Liquid Audio is empowering all segments of the music industry as well as music customers with its digital music-delivery technology, which includes the Liquifier Pro 2.0(TM), Liquid MusicServer(TM) 2.0 and Liquid MusicPlayer 2.0. Liquid Audio has the exclusive rights to an enhanced version of Dolby Laboratory's Dolby Digital compression technology, guaranteeing the highest-quality sound. Liquid Audio also utilizes sophisticated encryption technology and digital watermarking to protect intellectual property rights. Founded in 1996, Liquid Audio is the first and only Internet company focusing exclusively on the needs of the music industry. The company is providing the music industry with the software tools needed to utilize the rapidly growing online environment for the distribution of professional quality music titles. Liquid Audio's technology allows consumers to preview and purchase CD-quality music over the Inernet, while ensuring copyright protection and tracking royalties. Formed by veterans of the music industry and professional recording engineers and funded by leading software venture-capital firm Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Liquid Audio is leading the convergence of music and technology to establish the Internet as a new medium for music publishing. NOTE: Liquid Audio, Liquifier Pro, Liquid MusicPlayer and Liquid MusicServer and Liquid Track are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Liquid Audio Inc. All other companies and products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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