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Dolby's Beatnik backs XMF

Musician Thomas Dolby's company Beatnik on Thursday became the latest company to back a new type of software file for playing music on cell phones. Beatnik, which sells a way to deliver music to wireless devices, said its products will support a music software standard called extensible Music Format (XMF), which creates music files that are 100 times smaller than an MP3 file. XMF has been approved as a possible standard by several music bodies, including the MIDI Manufacturer's Association, and the Association of Musical Electronics Industry of Japan.

Musician Thomas Dolby's company Beatnik on Thursday became the latest company to back a new type of software file for playing music on cell phones. Beatnik, which sells a way to deliver music to wireless devices, said its products will support a music software standard called extensible Music Format (XMF), which creates music files that are 100 times smaller than an MP3 file.

XMF has been approved as a possible standard by several music bodies, including the MIDI Manufacturer's Association, and the Association of Musical Electronics Industry of Japan.