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RealNetworks launches RealPlayer, music store

updated 01:55 pm EST, Wed January 7, 2004

RealPlayer, music store

, released today but not available for OS X, delivers an improvement of 30% in efficiency over RealVideo 9, enabling DVD quality video at approximately 1Mps, and HiDefinition quality video at approximately 5Mbps. RealAudio 10 offers support for the AAC codec for use in CD ripping and music downloads, RealAudio Multichannel for home theatre experiences, and RealAudio Lossless for audiophiles and professional archiving. the new player also support the iPod and playback of QuickTime files. Like iTunes, it features an integrated digital music download store for $0.99 per song with a special $0.10 promotion for the next ten days.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Ho, hum

    Buffering, buffering... What a shame that I won't be able ... buffering, buffering... to run right home and install this... buffering, buffering... bloated, dysfunctional, spyware-laden c*** on my... buffering, buffering... computer.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Mac version..

    Guess we'll see the mac version in about 2 years time... being optimistic.

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    Buffering...

    .. that was extremely funny. Nice one.

    Anyways, I've already deleted iTunes and my entire iTunes Music Library in anticipation of this superior product!!! I can't wait to not be able to rip high bitrate AAC or MP3 from my library of CDs! I've already saved up $29.95 for that feature.

    :P

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Interesting

    Actually, it's better than Real propogating the WMA format. They're actually selling 192kbps AAC wrapped in their own DRM... I can't seem to find the "rules" for their DRM. I doubt they're as nice as Apple's.

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    To optimistic

    2 years, I'm guessing 3 to never... :)

    We've already been stuck with the crippled version "9" for over a year. Should have been called "RealCRAP 8.1 we're to busy helping Microsoft grow it's monopoly"

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    why is this news

    not even related to macs, ACC is not mac related, its a standard.

    so why are you reporting a windows software to mac users ?

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    MacNN is

    possessed!!! by Microsoft demons.

    The only reason I come here is for the shear entertainment
    value of reading their posts of non-Mac-related news, and
    all the bored Windows users who visit now and then and
    stick their foots in their mouths.

    Pure entertainment baby!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Buffering, buffering...

    With I could take credit for it, but I can't. It's been a running joke on Fark.com for some time now with any story that involves Real.

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    Idiots, get it right:

    it's AAC NOT ACC or any other derivation you can make.


    AAC

    period.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Helix DRM

    At first look, it seems their DRM is approximately the same as Apple's. You can authorize three computers to play your purchased music, you can burn CDs (don't know if their's a limit on burning the same playlist several times though).

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