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Next-Generation CD-RW Blaster® 8432 Provides Home Users, Business Users and MP3 Enthusiasts with Enhanced Write Capabilities

MILPITAS, Calif. - November 9, 1999 - Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), the leading provider of multimedia solutions for personal entertainment and productivity, today announced the CD-RW Blaster 8432, the latest addition to its growing family of multimedia storage solutions. The new CD-RW Blaster 8432 is an easy-to-use solution for storage and distribution of content with faster recording speeds. The CD-RW Blaster 8432 writes up to 60 minutes of data in approximately nine minutes or less, providing users with a 30 percent increase over Creative's previous generation CD-RW drive.

"With the introduction of the CD-RW Blaster 8432, Creative has delivered an enhanced, faster CD-RW multimedia storage solution," said Ken Fong, director, Product Marketing for Creative. "It is the ideal product for home users and MP3 enthusiasts looking for an easy-to-use solution to record and store CD audioMP3 files and digital photos, and for the business user in search of a reliable, inexpensive, broadly-compatible product for storage, archiving and distribution of multimedia content."

Building on the success of its top-selling predecessors, the CD-RW Blaster 4224 and 6424, Creative's CD-RW Blaster 8432 writes CD-Rs at up to 8x CD-R writing speed and CD-RWs at up to 4x CD-RW writing speed, and reads CD-ROMs at up to 32X. CD-Rs can be written in approximately nine minutes or less (based on 60-minutes or 545MB of data using CD-R media with a sustained data transfer rate of 1,200KB/second to the drive). It stores up to 650MB of data or over 74 minutes of CD audio on a single CD-R disk offering customers an ideal solution for archiving files, storing large databases or compiling MP3 files. Using the CD-RW Blaster 8432 users can store and archive up to 11 hours of MP3 songs on one CD. By using inexpensive CD-R disks that are easily read by standard CD-ROM drives, the CD-RW Blaster 8432 delivers an alternative to sharing files at a fraction of the cost of Zip or Jaz disks.

Features and Benefits
An overview of the features and benefits that comprise Creative's CD-RW Blaster 8432 include:

  • Drag and drop capabilites allow consumers to copy data directly to CDs using CD-RW re-writeable disks for expediency in copying and deleting files
  • The CD-RW Blaster 8432 stores up to 650MB of data for archiving and backing-up important files
  • Users can create and save music and audio tracks stored as MP3, MIDI and .WAV files, freeing up valuable hard drive space
  • Offers users a low-cost solution for distributing and sharing files by utilizing CD-R and CD-RW disks
  • Bundled Software: The CD-RW Blaster 8432 includes Ahead Software's Nero CD burning software and Prassi Software's abCD packet writing software, in addition to one blank CD-R and CD-RW

Pricing and Availability
The CD-RW Blaster 8432 is now shipping and will be available through Creative's extensive network of distributors and resellers at an estimated street price of US$299.99.

This announcement relates to products being launched in the United States of America. The product names, contents, prices and availability may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements.

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