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RealNetworks to offer universal music player

updated 02:00 am EST, Wed January 7, 2004

Universal music player?

While RealNetworks will use a used by its own and other song stores--including secure downloads from the iTunes store....RealNetworks essentially triggers the QuickTime and iTunes content-authorization process in the background, instead of breaking through it. That means that a computer must already have iTunes installed, and be authorized to play a given song, in order for the iTunes song to play in RealNetworks' software."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Oh Please

    As if I'd allow Real Player to act as a mediary between my mac & iTunes????

    Please! Give it up, Real, get real...

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    Real vs. Apple/Microsoft

    Taking on Apple and Microsoft with a third party DRM? How are they going to leverage it? With there 'popular' real mp3 player?

    Real playing ITMS tracks is nothing different then iPhoto, or iMovie using them. Quicktime is an API remember. Just like people saying Adobe when they mean Photoshop, lots of people think quicktime player is quicktime.

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    Re:Real vs.Apple/Microsof

    "Taking on Apple and Microsoft with a third party DRM? How are they going to leverage it? With there 'popular' real mp3 player?"

    Since Apple doesn't licens their DRM, what other option did they have? At least they are going AAC instead of WMA or RAM.

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    Just be happy it's AAC..

    and not WMA. It makes hacking your iPod to play Real files that much easier.

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    Moot point for Mac users-

    If Real keeps to their usual behavior, a Mac version of their software won't be available for at least a year after the Windows version, and even then it won't have a complete feature set...

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    palm

    if this means i can get aac on my palm with their moble player, horray for them, although the real format has always sucked

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