Adaptec's Toast Ignites CD Recording for Maximum Speed

Adaptec's Toast Ignites CD Recording for Maximum Speed

MILPITAS, Calif., May 16, 2000 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), the global leader in innovative storage solutions, today announced their award-winning CD recording software for Macintosh, Toast 4 Deluxe, now offers native support for FireWire CD recorders. The new Toast 4.1 is ideal for multimedia enthusiasts who need a high-speed method of storing images from their digital cameras or video camcorders.

Internet audio enthusiasts will appreciate Toast 4.1's improved MP3 decoding technology that speeds up the conversion of MP3 files to standard audio CD with improved sound quality. With the support for FireWire, Toast customers will see a doubling of their CD burning speeds and can now take advantage of 12x CD recorders.

"Adaptec is committed to supporting Apple's FireWire initiative on the Macintosh platform," said Tom Shea, vice-president and general manager of Adaptec's Software Products Group. "We believe that with the addition of FireWire technology to Toast, we now offer the fastest CD burning software for storing digital media."

"Apple pioneered FireWire, which has been the standard for digital video cameras, CD recorders and other peripherals that need high performance interaction with computers", said Clent Richardson, vice-president of WorldWide Developer Relations at Apple. "We are pleased that Toast 4.1 users will be able to take advantage of one of the fastest peripheral standards ever developed, to meet their recording needs."

Toast 4 Deluxe also provides a wide variety of features for multi-media savvy customers, such as PhotoRelay, a robust cataloging application to store and track digital photos and CD Spin Doctor (an analog to digital converter program that turns scratchy LPs into crystal clear CDs).

About Roxio

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, develops and markets the best-selling digital media software in the world. Roxio offers award-winning software products for CD/DVD burning, photo editing and video editing and has an installed base of over 150 million users. Roxio distributes its products globally through strategic partnerships with major hardware manufacturers, through leading retailers, through Internet partnerships and through direct sales at Roxio's parent company, Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC; is the leader in digital media software and provides a broad range of software tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users and technology partners. Sonic's products range from professional DVD authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies that are used to produce the majority of Hollywood movies released on DVD, to the award-winning Roxio- and Sonic-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup applications that have become the premiere solutions for consumers and business users worldwide. Sonic's AuthorScript® is the de facto standard for CD and DVD burning and formatting and has been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Broadcom, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.

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