RealNetworks recently sued Microsoft for antitrust – now they’re unveiling a new media player and a digital music store. Coincidence?
- “We have redefined how consumers can find and enjoy music on the Web,” said Dan Sheeran, RealNetwork senior vice president.
The Seattle-based company is calling its latest media software RealPlayer 10, going back to the name used before adopting the RealOne brand two years ago for its player and subscription services.
RealPlayer 10 will be able to play music and video in all major digital media formats, including Microsoft’s Media 9 Series and Apple Computer Inc.’s QuickTime.
In addition, users will be able to buy digital music tracks directly from the media player and, depending on the format, transfer them directly to CDs or portable players, including Apple’s popular iPod.
….RealNetworks also said it would promote the launch of the new player and music download service by offering song downloads at 10 cents each for U.S. consumers who download the software within the next 10 days.
RealNetworks said that RealPlayer 10 would also be able to transfer music files to more than 50 portable music devices, including the iPod as well as handheld computers and phones running the Palm operating system. [Reuters]