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Tech News (more headlines) 09-24-1999

BMG, RCA And Liquid Audio Team Up To Offer Exclusive Secure Downloads From A Live Performance By Dave Matthews Band

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U.S. Music Fans Can Securely Preview and Purchase Four Songs Not Available Anywhere
Else At Retail Web Sites in the Liquid Music Network Beginning September 29th

Proceeds from Digital Download to Benefit VH1 Save The Music

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (September 17, 1999) ‹ BMG Entertainment¹s RCA Records and
Liquid Audio, Inc., (Nasdaq: LQID) today announced they will offer live recordings of
Dave Matthews Band over the Internet as secure digital downloads exclusively through
Liquid Audio. Four live songs from the band¹s September 11th show ‹ recorded but not
aired as part of a PBS special ‹ will be offered to U.S. fans for preview or purchase
via retail Web sites in the Liquid(TM) Music Network starting September 29th at
www.liquidaudio.com/dmb. This is the first time music from a superstar artist will be
made available for purchase exclusively on the Internet. In addition, Dave Matthews
Band and BMG/RCA are donating all proceeds from the digital download to VH1 Save The
Music, and are teaming up with Liquid Audio on a more than $1 million marketing
campaign in support of what is now the largest Internet exclusive music charity

PBS will broadcast music from the sold out Dave Matthews Band concert in Continental
Air Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey as an ŒIN THE SPOTLIGHT¹ special on
Wednesday, September 29 at 10:30 p.m. Eastern (check local listings). Four songs from
the concert not included in the broadcast will be available exclusively as Liquid
Audio digital downloads at participating retail Web sites. Fans can use Liquid(TM)
Player software to sample the music, check out lyrics and liner notes, and purchase
and download the live tracks right to their PC. Each of the four songs will have a
suggested retail price of $3.49 and will be bundled together as two separate "buy
one, get one free" download offers. In addition, one of the four songs being offered
for sale will also be available as a free promotional download that will time out
after seven days. Proceeds from download sales will be donated to VH1 Save the Music.

"Our goal is to use the broad reach of the Internet to provide millions of music fans
with access to exclusive live music from the Dave Matthews Band and to bring
significant added value to our retail partners," said Kevin Conroy, senior vice
president of Worldwide Marketing at BMG Entertainment. "We selected Liquid Audio for
the digital downloads because they are compliant with SDMI standards, offer excellent
sound quality as well as visual presentation, and provide full service retail
distribution. We are looking forward to taking advantage of the continually
increasing range of opportunities related to digital music."

"Dave Matthews Band has a universal appeal. Their infectious music appeals to a broad
range of fans from younger audiences to baby-boomers," said Jack Rovner, executive
vice president and general manager at RCA Records. "Using Liquid Audio and the
Internet, we can reach out and make these exclusive live tracks widely available to
fans with just a click of a mouse."

"Liquid Audio¹s software and extensive retail distribution network enable musicians
and labels to leverage the Internet to promote and sell their music," said Dick
Wingate, senior vice president of content development and label relations at Liquid
Audio, Inc. "Our software already fuels digital music samples and downloads on both
the Dave Matthews Band (www.dmband.com) and GetMusic (www.getmusic.com and
www.bugjuice.com) Web sites, and we are excited to build on that success by serving
as the distributor for this exclusive Internet music event."

Dave Matthews Band and BMG/RCA will donate all proceeds to VH1 Save The Music
initiative, a non-profit organization set up to bring music instruction to one
million children during the next decade. VH1 Save The Music is dedicated to improving
the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring and supporting
music programs in cities across the country, and by raising public awareness about
the importance of music participation for American youth.

BMG/RCA, Liquid Audio and PBS are teaming up on a more than $1 million marketing
campaign in support of this Dave Matthews Band Internet exclusive music event. The
campaign will include TV, print, outdoor, radio and online advertising; fan-club
based online direct marketing and broad online distribution to retail Web sites.
Planned advertising outlets include Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Spin and USA

A modern music phenomenon, Dave Matthews Band (www.dmband.com and
www.bugjuice.com/dmb) has been together since the early 1990s. The band signed to RCA
Records in late 1993 and proceeded to release a string of platinum albums, building
an audience first in clubs, then arenas, and ultimately selling out stadiums across
the country. Their most recent release, ŒBefore These Crowded Streets,¹ debuted at #1
on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and sold more than three million copies to date.

RCA Records (www.rcapublicity.com) is a unit of BMG Entertainment (www.bmg.com), the
$4.6 billion worldwide music and entertainment division of Berteslmann AG, one of the
world's leading media companies, with annual revenues of $18 billion. BMG owns more
than 200 record labels in more than 50 countries, including Arista Records, RCA
Records and Ariola Music. BMG has significant online interests, including a 50
percent stake in GetMusic, a joint venture to promote artists and sell music over the
Internet. BMG also owns the world's largest music club, one of the world's largest
music publishing companies, and has interests in television and compact disc and
cassette manufacturing. Bertelsmann's North America interests also include the Random
House Inc. book publishing group and the Gruner+Jahr magazine publishing group, which
includes McCall's, Family Circle and YM magazines, among others.

Liquid Audio, Inc. is a leading provider of software and services for the digital
delivery of music over the Internet. The Liquid Audio solution gives musicians,
record labels, Websites and music retailers the ability to publish, syndicate and
securely sell recorded music online with copy protection and copyright management.
Using the Liquid(TM) Player software, available for free download at
www.liquidaudio.com, music fans can preview and purchase downloadable music from the
more than 200 affiliate Web sites in the Liquid(TM) Music Network. Traded on Nasdaq
under the symbol LQID, Liquid Audio is located in Redwood City, California.

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