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Roxio releases Creator 9

Software compatible with Vista and Blu-ray includes desktop audio recording widget.

Roxio, the CD-burning software company, released Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 on Tuesday. The new software suite, available for $79.99 (after rebate) from Roxio, is compatible with Windows Vista and the Blu-ray high-definition DVD recording and playback technology. In addition to organizing, editing and burning capabilities for audio, video and photos, Creator 9 features a drag-and-drop interface for burning files to Blu-ray discs. The updated software supports the iPod music player, the PlayStation Portable console and Windows-based media devices. Multimedia packages created with the software can be updated to portable and mobile devices via Bluetooth or USB.

Among several new software features is Audio Capture Widget, which allows users to record on the fly any audio playing on their desktop. The captured audio can then be remixed with the software's sound editor and output. Another function, called AutoMix, creates playlists from an audio library based on the mood of a single song. Users can also use the software to create personalized ring tones.