George Michael's Aegean Records Teams With Liquid Audio to Promote and Sell Music Over the Internet

New Label Is First in Europe to Distribute Singles Exclusively on

World Wide Web

Nov 03, 1997, 00:00 ET from Liquid Audio Inc.

    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  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  The announcement marks
 an increase in the music industry's commitment to Internet music delivery and
     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.

SOURCE Liquid Audio Inc.