AudioDev AB and the RIAA announced that they have signed an agreement whereby AudioDev?s TestCenters will perform testing services in support of the DualDisc certification program.
Under the program AudioDev?s TestCenters will be engaged to
check various physical disc parameters for manufacturers wishing to obtain a certification for producing
the DualDiscTM format. TestCenters in Malmφ, Sweden and Agoura Hills, California will be providing
the testing services for this program.
"DualDiscs are an exciting new product that offers music fans a superior music and video experience,
while at the same time providing artists with an innovative avenue for creative expression," commented
Cary Sherman, President, RIAA. "We are excited to do our part to broaden acceptance and understanding
of DualDisc. It is another illustration of an industry that is working hard to bring greater value to
consumers, both online and in record stores, with high-quality, value-rich products." Rob Barnes,
Director of the TestCenter adds that, ?This program represents a nice step forward in developing
AudioDev?s services business. DualDiscTM has some manufacturing challenges. AudioDev is delighted
to be able to work with the RIAA and prospective DualDisc manufacturers in this effort to ensure a high
quality optical media format for consumers.?
The DualDiscTM is a hybrid format of optical media composed of a CD side and a DVD side. The CD
side of every DualDisc contains a full-length audio album while the DVD side offers a wide range of
exclusive content incorporating such features as the same album in enhanced sound (such as 5.1
Surround Sound or enhanced LPCM stereo), music videos, interviews, photo galleries, web links,
concert footage, lyrics and more. DualDiscs are intended for use on CD and DVD hardware devices
such as DVD players, car stereos, PCs, game consoles and CD players.
Additional information on the DualDisc and the certification program for manufacturers can be obtained
on the RIAA website at www.dualdisclicensing.org.