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Passport Designs announces software that lets musicians collaborate, compose, and distribute songs over the Internet.

Passport Designs today announced software that lets musicians collaborate, compose, and distribute songs over the Internet.

Dubbed music@passport, the software will let musicians record and display music on their computer screens as musical notation. They can also post their compositions on the Web site that users in turn can download to listen to or use to collaborate with other musicians online.

The new software is just one example of how in recent years, companies, inspired by increased video and audio capabilities, have recognized the moneymaking potential for music over the Net. Apple Computer, for example, is expanding its efforts to provide Webcasts from live concerts.

Passport Designs' software will sell for $129 through the company's distributors, including Thinkware, Navarre, Arrowhead, Micro Central, VLM, Slash, Ingram Micro, and Merisel.

Passport Designs also will distribute a technology called PitchWrite, which lets singers record and save music with a microphone for communications over the Net.

"Passport's integrated music publishing and distribution solution makes it easy for individual musicians to reach and work with fellow musicians," said Brent Silveria, the company's marketing director.