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RealNetworks Offers Mobile Media

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Music, sports, news and entertainment audio and video to mobile phones and handheld computers from Real starting today:

    Seattle, Washington-based RealNetworks, which makes software used to send and receive audio-visual content over the Web, said that devices such as Nokia’s 3650 camera-phone and Palm Inc.’s Tungsten T and Zire 71 personal digital assistants are being shipped with its software for the new service.

    Using mobile devices to receive music and video over the mobile Internet is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States, but it is already a growing trend in wireless Web-savvy Japan and has already started in Europe.

    “This is the first mainstream (mobile) device that integrates the RealOne Player,” said Ian Freed, vice president of mobile products and services at RealNetworks, referring to Nokia’s phone, which sports a color screen and has the ability to record moving video.

    ….RealNetworks, which competes with Microsoft Corp. in the market for digital media software, is trying to expand the range of devices that uses its software.

    RealNetworks is also increasing the number of users who pay to access content over the Web, and recently reached a milestone on 1 million users for its various online subscription services.

    Mobile device users will also be able to access content from providers such as Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, and Virgin Records. [Reuters]

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