IBM and Blockbuster Entertainment said last week they had teamed up to sell a system that would allow a customer in a retail store to select a music album and have a compact disc (CD) made on the spot. The computer giant and the video-rental chain store will create a new company, called Fairway Technology Associates, to develop multimedia technologies and operate an advanced distribution system, which uses digital databases, links to telecommunications networks, and audio and video devices. The results could revolutionise the music industry by allowing recording companies to forgo pressing hundreds of thousands of copies of major CD recordings. The partnership is expected to have other applications, such as making and selling computer software and video games on demand. Blockbuster vice-chairman Mr Steve Berrard said the system would be tested later this year, with a full-scale launch expected in the middle of next year.