Adaptec Toast 4.1 will support FireWire and have a new MP3 decoder, according to the company.

Victor Nemechek, product manager for Adaptec Toast and Jam, said: "Toast will have native support for FireWire, and a new MP3 decoder that will provide increased performance and better quality."

The product, rumoured to be undergoing its third beta testing stage, will be shipping to Adaptec’s OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partners in early May, says Nemechek. A free, downloadable upgrade for registered users of Toast will be posted at that time.

Other enhancements will include an improved balloon help facility, and new skins. Improvements are also in hand to assist owners of USB CD recorders, Nemechek claims.