Recently-spun-off Roxio tomorrow expects to report first-quarter results that exceed analyst expectation.

During its year-end conference-call on May 16, Roxio estimated revenues of $35 million for the current quarter.

Chris Garog, Roxio's president and CEO said: "Despite the challenges currently affecting the environment for PC and software sales, consumer demand for Roxio's CD-recording products has continued to propel our growth and profitability. We'll exceed our previous estimates."

Roxio is the publisher of Toast, the CD-RW standard for the Macintosh. It began life as the software division of Adaptec, but is now a totally independent company. The company last week released a preview version of Toast 5 Titanium for Mac OS X. The time-limited application times out on October 1 and is available for download from the company. It supports most SCSI and FireWire CD writers, though USB support and certain features are missing from this version.

Toast product manager Victor Nemecheck told Macworld: "Our development team has faced a number of challenges in creating an OS X version of Toast. Due to severe delays in the delivery of APIs from Apple to support hardware, the team has had to make its own drivers for CD writers.

"But at least this means Toast now supports data recording on the internal CD drives of the current range of Macs, something Apple can't do in OS X."