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Adaptec and Liquid Audio have agreed to cooperate on the integration of the latter's music encoding system into the former's CD burning tools, Toast and Easy CD Creator, to allow users to download music tracks and save them on audio CD. The deal mirrors a similar agreement announced between Liquid Audio and Diamond Multimedia (see Diamond to add Liquid Audio to Rio). According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the Internet will account for around 15 per cent of music sales and be worth some $2 billion. That growth will trail the increasing availability of CD-R drives and consumer-oriented CD recorders. ® Click for more stories Click for story index

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