Nero AG

Nero AG
Nero AG
Type Aktiengesellschaft
Industry Software
Founded 1995
Headquarters Karlsbad, Germany
Revenue 46.0 million (2009)[1]
Employees 481 (2009)[1]

Nero is a global computer software company headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany. It is perhaps most well-known for its burning software, Nero Burning ROM.



The company was founded as Ahead Software GmbH in 1995 by Richard Lesser.

In 2005, the company changed its name from Ahead Software to Nero, in order to match the name of its flagship product, the Nero Suite.[2] As of November 2010, it has released ten versions of its suite worldwide. In addition to direct sales, some hardware manufacturers pre-load Nero software on PCs and bundle it with camcorders, optical disc drives and other devices.[citation needed] Moreover, other organizations use Nero multimedia codecs, SDKs and programming interfaces.[citation needed]

In 2008, the company expanded its product offerings beyond burning to include Nero Move it, a software program designed to help less tech-savvy consumers move photos, videos and music across a wide range of mobile devices.[citation needed] The company also introduced Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC in partnership with TiVo, Inc. the same year, bringing the TiVo DVR experience to the PC.[verification needed] This new product offering has been referred to as "the first public foray by a TV brand into the consumer PC-to-TV space".[3]


Nero AG has international subsidiaries for different regions:[1]


Nero makes several products, including:

  • Nero Multimedia Suite: Currently in its tenth iteration, the Nero Suite is a software package containing a variety of software products, including the prominent CD/DVD burning product Nero Burning ROM as well as other tools such photo editing, video authoring, audio editing, file conversion, backup, and an entertainment media center.
  • Nero Digital: Nero Digital is a suite of MPEG-4-compliant video and audio codecs. Nero AG licenses Nero Digital technology to integrated circuit manufacturers.
  • Nero Linux: The Linux edition of Nero Burning ROM, Nero Linux is a powerful optical disc authoring tool that runs on various distributions of Linux.
  • Nero BackItup: Formerly a part of Nero, Nero BackItUp is now a standalone backup solution for Microsoft Windows.
  • Nero MediaHome: Nero MediaHome is an entertainment network and media center application for Microsoft Windows that allows multimedia contents to be streamed to interconnected entertainment appliances.
  • Nero Move it: Nero Move it (written with small "i") is a piece of software that allows users to easily convert and transfer media files from one electronic device to another, using a click-and-drag GUI. It works with many computers, cellular phones, music players, digital cameras, and other electronic devices.[citation needed]
  • Nero LiquidTV: A partnership project with TiVo, Nero LiquidTV is a hardware/software bundle that allows users to receive their cable or satellite television channels on their PCs, and use all the TiVo functionality from an interface therein.[citation needed]

External links


  1. ^ a b c "Group Annual Report 2009 (German only)". Elektronischer Bundesanzeiger. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  2. ^ Nero replaces Ahead Software as New Corporate Name,
  3. ^ Morrod, Tom: "TiVo launches PC-Based PVR with Nero",

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