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RealNetworks launches new RealPlayer software and store, including handheld versions
Posted on 7-Jan-2004 20:22. | Tags Filed under: News.

RealNetworks announced the public availability of RealPlayer 10. This is the first major new player release from RealNetworks in two years.

"RealPlayer 10 is a breakthrough product. Not only is it the greatest media player ever, RealPlayer 10 is one of those once-in-a-generation products that redefines its category," said Rob Glaser, Chairman and CEO of RealNetworks. "RealPlayer 10 is the first product ever to directly integrate finding, organizing, buying, playing, and managing digital audio and video in a single fun, easy to use product. You gotta check it out!"

The new RealPlayer 10 offers new design, support for multiple media formats, new audio and video codecs, support for more than 50 portable music devices, including the Apple iPod and the Handspring Treo 600.

The player has an integrated digital music download store, and a first song download for US$0.10 for the first ten days after release.

palmOne announced support to this new version by making sure users of Zire 71 most Tungsten Palm OS based handhelds can play music purchased from the new RealPlayer Music Store. Further, RealNetworks said that by 31 January 2004, it intends to make available the RealPlayer for the Treo 600 smartphone, which will enable consumers to play MP3 and RealAudio files, as well as music purchased from the RealPlayer Music Store, on their Treo 600 smartphones.

Tight integration between the music store, in the My Library section of RealPlayer 10, and the palmOne devices makes it easy for consumers to download and go. Through simple "drag and drop," consumers can transfer music to their Tungsten T3, Tungsten T2, Tungsten T, Tungsten C, Tungsten E and Zire 71 handhelds.

To enable support for the RealPlayer Music Store on these palmOne devices RealNetworks has integrated RealAudio 10 with AAC and its Helix DRM (digital rights management) for Devices into the RealPlayer that runs on palmOne devices.

RealNetworks licensed and incorporated Coding Technologies' MPEG-4 AAC / aacPlus technology and software within RealNetworks' commercial media creation and consumer software player products. As a result, high fidelity digital audio can be created in RealNetworks' RealAudio(R) 10 format by using the newest version of its media encoding software product, RealProducer(R) 10. Additionally, third party encoding products that incorporate RealNetworks' Helix Producer SDK can produce content in RealAudio 10. By acquiring an additional license from Coding Technologies, these third party products can also produce content in MPEG-4 AAC and aacPlus.

RealNetworks' newest RealPlayer 10, provides a comprehensive media file playback including prior versions of the RealAudio file format, as well as the new RealAudio 10 with AAC, RealAudio 10 Lossless and MultiChannel, MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, and aacPlus. Further, consumers can use RealPlayer 10 to convert music on their CDs into RealAudio 10 with AAC, as well as access a vast online library of digital music from the new RealPlayer Music Store in high fidelity 192Kbps RealAudio 10 with AAC.

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