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Liquid 5.0 Features Multi-Format Support, Watermark

Liquid Audio Wednesday unveiled Liquid System 5.0.

The package includes Liquid Server 5.0, Liquifier Pro 5.0 and Liquid Player 5.0, supports all leading digital music standards, including MP3, Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), RealNetworks, Dolby Digital and Advanced Audio Compression (AAC) giving a much expanded selection of digital downloads from one integrated player.

A free preview release of Liquid Player 5.0 with multi-format support, including MP3, is now available.

For consumers, Liquid Player 5.0 software provides access to the broadest variety of music online and an improved user experience. Fans can use one integrated player to get both mp3s and secure tracks, or use the Liquid Plug-ins for RealNetworks, to access Liquid Tracks right from their RealPlayer G2 or RealJukebox.

For labels, Liquid System 5.0 provides distribution capabilities to leverage the Internet as a low-cost retail channel. Content owners can reach customers by publishing, syndicating and selling music on Liquid Audio's network of affiliate retail Web sites. Multi-format support enables the digital delivery of music in both MP3 and secure formats. To fight piracy, Liquid Audio is adding the Genuine Music mark to music files it distributes.

The Genuine Music mark enables labels to help their consumers distinguish between pirated files and legitimate music on the Internet. As a result, EMI Records has selected Liquid Audio to encode its extensive library for digital delivery.

For retailers and Web sites in the Liquid Music Network, Liquid System 5.0 provides fulfillment and selection of content to promote and sell music downloads in their online stores. Sites can offer mp3s and Liquid Tracks from 2,300 artists to consumers. A new Liquid Music Network design upgrade provides users with a streamlined shopping experience and makes it easier for consumers to purchase tracks.