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What? You Haven't Tried MP3?

Boot Camp feature for Friday, June 11, 1999

Got a PC, try MP3. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. It's the hottest thing on the Internet for teenagers and a lot of GenXers. MP3 is the technology that lets you download music and play it on your PC, or take your own CD music collection and turn it into MP3. Who says you have to be a kid to like this. A company called MusicMatch makes one of the leading programs that lets you download, record andplay. CEO Dennis Mudd...

"MusicMatch is about making software that lets people take control of their music. We build software that lets people build music databases on their PCs made up of their favorite music from their CD library, their vinyl, cassette libraries and then also from the Internet."

About four million people have downloaded the software. And online, hundreds of titles are available for free. Not just rock and roll. There are classical works too... (sound) You can download the MusicMatch Jukebox program for free. It lets you record at near CD quality. An upgrade for pure CD quality costs 30 dollars. The company is facing some stiff competition, these days from Real Networks...

"They have good product but they're focused on a lot of different things and we're focused exclusively on personal jukebox software. And so we're going to continue to provide users with what we think is the best, most powerful functionality."

You can give it a try for free at musicmatch.com.