QDesign Provides Scalable Audio

InterTrust Technologies Corp., the
MetaTrust Utility, and QDesign Corp. Tuesday inked a technology partnership for the use of QDesign’s audio codec
technology in MetaTrust-Certified audio applications.


The partnership is aimed at developing a digital rights management (DRM)
enabled, scalable audio format for digital streaming applications. Further,
QDesign and InterTrust will work together to integrate DRM technology into
the Windows version of the recently released MVP audio/video player, a
cross-platform (for MacOS and Windows) software application for recording and
playback of digital music and videos.


Adding the QDesign scalable audio code to the growing list of DRM-enabled
audio formats (MP3, AAC, and others) will result in more digital music
commerce options for music player companies, content owners and consumers.


The QDesign Music code is optimized to produce quality audio at data rates
as low as 1 K-Bit per second. The combination of scalability and the latest
QDesign audio technology allows a single encoded source file to serve a broad
range of music products and services, from music download to personalized
streaming Internet radio.


The “on-the-fly” scalability allows QDesign encoded
audio to automatically fit to available storage (i.e., up to 5 times more
audio than standard MP3 files on portable music players) as well as
dynamically adapt to available bandwidth for Internet streaming.


“InterTrust provides the most comprehensive DRM technology for all digital
content types,” said Richard J. Beaton, president, QDesign Corporation. “By
integrating InterTrust DRM with the scalability of the QDesign audio
technology, we are providing content owners with the most robust system for
creating, promoting, and delivering digital music around e-commerce.”

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