The RIAA has invited some labels to attend a May 11 exploratory meeting to discuss whether a new physical format is needed as an alternative to the CD.

"Other new format efforts have failed in the past, but we want to explore if there's a play to be made to come up with a replacement for the CD," says one executive who will attend the meeting. "While individual companies may have their own thoughts on new formats, when new ones are introduced it usually works better when everyone shares their ideas with each other."