Nero, creators of liquid media technology, announced today that Nero 9 Lite, a free entry point to the Nero 9 “Reloaded” suite, offering disc copying and data disc burning functionality, is now available to consumers as a download from www.nero.com. This easy-to-use product offers the Nero StartSmart command center application providing simplified disc copying and data disc burning functionality for CDs and DVDs along with Windows® 7 compatibility. Customers have the opportunity to experience two of the features integrated into the full Nero 9 Reloaded suite, the company’s flagship integrated digital media and home entertainment software solution.

“Disc copying and data disc burning complements the digital lifestyles of PC users everywhere,” said Kris Barton, EVP, Global Products, Nero AG. “By offering these widely requested features as a free download, we’re filling a gap in the functionality of the new Windows 7 operating system and opening the Nero product family up to computer users around the world.”

Nero’s reputation has been built on providing consumers with the solutions they need for liquidity of digital content. Nero’s focus remains on giving the world’s consumers digital content, anytime, anywhere and on any device, including CDs and DVDs.

Nero 9 Lite (formerly Nero 9 – Free Version) is available for download now on the company’s Web site. Users interested in upgrading to Nero 9 Reloaded including Nero BackItUp & Burn will receive a special discount price. The upgrade to Nero 9 Reloaded enables features such as creating, editing, authoring, backing up, transcoding, and sharing music, photos, videos, and data files. For more information about Nero and Nero products, visit www.nero.com.

About Nero

Nero, the creator of liquid media technology, enables liquid content creation and distribution anytime, anywhere, and on any device. The company provides consumers with the freedom to simply enjoy their music, photos, and videos, regardless of hardware or file format, by taking a unique platform neutral, standards-based approach to solution development. More than 300 million units of Nero’s trusted software solutions are used in the home, on the go, and professionally. Nero also provides strategic partners with cutting-edge applications, codecs, tools, software development kits, and programming interfaces for use with a variety of the latest platforms and devices. Products are available globally through hardware manufacturers, international partners, retailers, and directly through the Nero Online Shop at www.nero.com .

Headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany, Nero maintains regional offices in Karlsbad, Germany; Glendale, Calif., USA; Yokohama, Japan; and development centers in Karlsbad, Germany and Hangzhou, China.