updated 10/29/2004 6:37:16 PM ET 2004-10-29T22:37:16

A new hybrid CD format that offers standard CD audio on one side and the enhanced media capabilities of a DVD on the other made its nationwide debut this week.

The first new albums in the DualDisc format were released Tuesday by Warner Music Group rock bands The Donnas and Simple Plan.

Several DualDisc versions of existing albums were issued as part of a test in two cities earlier this year.

The DualDisc was designed to be compatible with most devices, including game consoles and personal computers.

Simple Plan's "Still Not Getting Any ..." features 20 minutes of behind the scenes footage of the band recording the album, photos of the band, lyrics and other content.

The DVD side of The Donnas' "Gold Medal" also includes a music video, behind the scenes footage and lyrics.

Retailers are generally offering the new hybrid formats at prices comparable to standard audio CDs.

Both Simple Plan and The Donnas' DualDisc versions were selling as low as $9.99.

The company plans to release DualDisc-format albums by the Grateful Dead and the band Trapt next month. Other recording companies are expected to issue DualDisc-format releases in coming weeks.

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