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Logitech Brings MP3 Sound From AudioSoft

Logitech Monday made an equity investment in AudioSoft International, a Swiss software developer that specializes in the dissemination and management of secure MP3 music titles on the Internet.

Logitech is also bundling AudioSoft's Virtuosa, an end-user application, with several of its newest interface devices designed to help users access and manage audio and other multimedia programs on the desktop. Virtuosa, the world's first all-in-one user-friendly jukebox for the PC, allows users to download and play music from their personal CD collection or from the Internet in a secure MP3 format.

They can also create their own personal library of legally acquired music collections using Virtuosa's unique CD-burning capabilities. Included in the AudioSoft CD containing the Virtuosa application is an MP3 Music Center CD-ROM with more than 100 licensed MP3 songs and Internet music software.

In addition to its end-user software, AudioSoft has developed a system for the secure electronic distribution of music via the Internet. The AudioSoft solution integrates copyright protection, powerful databases and electronic commerce in a system that offers legal access to worldwide titles and a means to manage the distribution of these titles.