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Real promises universal compatibility for music files

updated 08:45 am EDT, Mon July 26, 2004

RealNetworks\' \"Harmony\"

). Harmony technology will be demonstrated on Tuesday July 27th at the Jupiter PlugIn conference in New York City, while a beta version of RealPlayer 10.5, offer consumers a chance to test the technology, will be available on Tuesday. RealNetworks says that Harmony Technology will be available later this year in other music products from RealNetworks including Real's market-leading Rhapsody(R) subscription service. "Generally speaking, Harmony supports any device that uses the Apple FairPlay DRM, The Microsoft Windows Media Audio DRM, or the RealNetworks Helix DRM, giving RealPlayer Music Store support for more secure devices than any other music store on the Internet."




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  1. z10n

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This mean...

    apple has finally licenced Fairplay? Or is this some kind of reverse-engineering?

  1. travisres

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Question...

    Maybe I don't understand correctly. I though the problem with the iPod was that it could not read WMA, and .rm files. Having nothing to do with DRM. So is this software re-programming the iPod it's self? Or just converting the DRM'ed .rm files to DRM'ed MP3 or AAC?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: question

    conversion

  1. kagudesu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Desperate

    On one hand, you have to give Real credit for pulling this off. It seems like Real fans will now be able to use iPods.

    However, in light of the recent attempts by Real to get Steve to open up the iPod to 3rd parties, it seems like this is a last ditch attempt by Real to save themselves. It's almost like the vacuum cleaner salesman trying to make the sale by going door to door. He gets rejected on the front porch, then runs to the side window and starts knocking on it, hops the back fence, falls down in the mud, reaches the back door only to see a big dog coming to bite his pant leg...

    I am not a fan of Real. I think their product quality is only out-crapped by Windows Media. So I think this is them trying hard to survive with a lesser quality product in an iPod world.

    Kudos to Real's programmers for Harmony, but get back to work and make your products worthy of actually using.

  1. Jablabla

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    big whoop

    Just goto Apple get your itunes software for free and be compatable in the furture.

    Why risk your music purchase on a real hack?

    Ita obvious that real is desperate.

    Just like they stole the pc with bios hacks...now apply it to ipod.

  1. LtKernelPanic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Question

    I may be wrong but I thought Real uses AAC for its music store.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: question

    They use AAC with their own DRM, so they'd still have to convert the file to be AAC with Apple's DRM.

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not really...

    They just have to apply their DRM similar to Apple's process. Then, iTunes--and the iPod--will treat their files just like iTMS files.

  1. chas_m

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    Real are ...

    ... SO sued. :)

  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who Cares?

    I see this as good news. I'm lazy and like the instant gratification of downloaded music. Real will pick up the few tracks that I can't find on the iTunes store if this service works well with the iPod and iTunes.

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