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Smart and Friendly Announces New Generation CD-RW Featuring MP3

Recording Custom CDs Now Affordable for Everyone

CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2000--Smart and Friendly (R), the industry's largest privately held manufacturer of optical storage solutions, announced today a new, leading-edge category of CD-Recorders with the introduction of the CD-SpeedWriter (TM) 32.

This innovative addition to its award-winning line of CD-SpeedWriters now includes MP3 encoding capabilities, unlimited for 30 days at no charge. Following the 30-day trial period, customers can purchase a license for the full version.

In addition to offering exceptional performance, the CD-SpeedWriter 32's low estimated street price (ESP) of just $199 makes this CD-Recorder an outstanding value.

"Smart and Friendly's legacy has been to offer the latest in technology at a price point everyone can afford," said Perry Solomon, president and chief executive officer of Smart and Friendly. "Once again, we are continuing that tradition with the CD-SpeedWriter 32.

"This CD-Recorder offers MP3 encoding, the most popular format in use today for making original audio discs or creating your own 'greatest hits' collection. When it comes to CD-RW drives, Smart and Friendly offers an exceptional balance between price and performance."

This newest generation of CD-Recorders provides 4x Write, 4x ReWrite, and 32x Playback performance and hosts a plentiful 2MB buffer to ensure smooth data transfer. The CD-SpeedWriter 32 is ideal for music and audio storage, data archiving, backup and disaster recovery, digital imaging, and a broad range of multimedia applications.

Users can quickly and easily copy CDs, create music, audio, data, or mixed-mode CDs, develop multimedia presentations, or encode and record music in MP3 format.

The CD-SpeedWriter 32 offers CD-RW ReWritability allowing users to take advantage of economical CD-ReWritable discs.

In addition to the enhanced performance, ease of use, and added features, the CD-SpeedWriter 32 comes with a comprehensive, award-winning software suite including Ahead Nero, Ahead inCD, MediaPath CD-Quickshare with MA32, and ECI Disc Inspector Pro, along with Smart and Friendly CD Consultant.

The drive's standard ATAPI (EIDE) interface makes installation as simple as opening the computer, installing the CD-SpeedWriter 32 into an available drive bay, connecting the cables, closing the computer, and installing the software you need.

The CD-SpeedWriter 32 includes all necessary cables and manuals as well as one blank Smart and Friendly CD-R disc.

Smart and Friendly products are available at leading retail outlets including Best Buy, CompUSA, Sears, and WalMart, through selected e-commerce sites, and to resellers through all leading national distributors.

A complete list of where to buy Smart and Friendly products is available at the company's Web site:

About Smart and Friendly

With headquarters in Chatsworth, Smart and Friendly is the industry's largest privately held manufacturer of complete optical storage solutions, including CD-Recorders with CD-RW ReWritability, CD-ROMs, network storage, media and accessories.

Smart and Friendly was the first manufacturer to introduce 8x speed CD-Recorders into the market, followed by being the first to deliver 12x speed CD-Recorders.

Customers seeking more information on the company's products can reach Smart and Friendly by calling 800/959-7001 or 818/772-8001; by faxing 818/772-2888; or by accessing Smart and Friendly's home page on the Internet at

Smart and Friendly is a registered trademark and CD-SpeedWriter 32 is a trademark of Smart and Friendly Inc. Any other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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