Digital's multi-codec platform including ATRAC3 support can be incorporated into a variety of products including portable digital music players, home and automotive stereos, and functionally-enhanced wireless phones.
This agreement furthers the penetration of ATRAC3 in the Internet music market," said Yutaka Nakagawa, corporate senior vice president of Sony Corp.
Digital's president and chief executive officer, said, "Sony's ATRAC3 is one of the premier music codecs available and it is gaining support from a number of companies in the industry including online music providers.
ATRAC3 is a codec developed from ATRAC (Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding), which is the sound compression technology used in MiniDisc.
Sonic Solutions (Nasdaq:SNIC) announced today at the Audio Engineering Society Convention (AES) in Paris that they would collaborate to integrate Sony's ATRAC3 (Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding 3) into iMaster, Sonic's suite of professional tools for the preparation of compressed audio for Internet distribution.
Sonic will build Sony's ATRAC3 encoder directly into the iMaster toolkit running on the award-winning SonicStudio HD workstation, giving mastering engineers the ability to produce Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) masters for Internet distribution of audio in parallel with production of conventional CD-Audio releases.
To ensure the success of Sony's EMD business, we felt that it was essential for Sony to collaborate with Sonic Solutions to support major record labels in the preparation of ATRAC3 music content for Internet delivery.
Through close collaboration with Sony, we will be able to quickly deploy the ATRAC3 secure music coding technology to the professional mastering community, making the preparation of high-quality audio content for EMD possible.
Consumer electronics manufacturers can tap into the potential portable device market by licensing such technologies as OpenMG, MagicGate Memory Stick and ATRAC3