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Real committed to Harmony, cites consumer choice

updated 01:40 pm EDT, Thu July 29, 2004

Real: choice is key

RealNetworks, responding to a earlier today, says it hopes consumers are given choice rather being limited by Apple and says the DMCA specifically allows the creation of Harmony-type software: "[We are] delighted by initial consumer and music industry support for Harmony. Compatibility, choice and quality are critically important to consumers and Harmony provides all of these to users of the iPod and over 70 other music devices including those from Creative, Rio, iRiver, and others. RealPlayer Music Store provides the highest sound quality of any download music service. That's why so many consumers have welcomed news of Harmony. Consumers, and not Apple, should be the ones choosing what music goes on their iPod."

"Harmony follows in a well-established tradition of fully legal,
independently developed paths to achieve compatibility. There is ample and
clear precedent for this activity, for instance the first IBM compatible PCs
from Compaq. Harmony creates a way to lock content from Real's music store in
a way that is compatible with the iPod, Windows Media DRM devices, and Helix
DRM devices. Harmony technology does not remove or disable any digital rights
management system. Apple has suggested that new laws such as the DMCA are
relevant to this dispute. In fact, the DMCA is not designed to prevent the
creation of new methods of locking content and explicitly allows the creation
of interoperable software.

RealNetworks says it remains fully committed to Harmony and to "giving millions of consumers who own portable music devices, including the Apple iPod, choice and compatibility."

by MacNN Staff




  1. Nitride

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I find it interesting Real was in the same situation as Apple/iPod several years ago:

    Kinda puts things in perspective, eh?

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    can I get a re-phrase!

    "Consumers, and not Apple, should be the ones choosing what music goes on their iPod"

    So who here hires Apple to load music on their iPod? Anyone? I was gonna put some Beastie Boys on my iPod, but Apple said I couldnt. Those b*******!! lol!!

    someone needs to re-phrase that!

  1. Filburt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Real = hypocrite

    RealRhapsody System Requirements:
    - Windows XP, Me, 2000, 98 SE or NT 4.0 Service Pack 6
    - Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later
    - Pentium II / 350 MHz equivalent or better
    - 64 MB of RAM minimum
    - 350 MB available hard disk space
    - 256 color dispaly (16-bit display recommended)
    - Active Internet connection (broadband/128+ kbps recommended)
    - 1024 x 768 display resolution recommended, 800 x 600 required
    - Sound card
    - Speakers or headphones

  1. briandunning

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Glad to hear it!

    Because I've really been bummed that Apple, not me, has decided what music is on my iPod. Thanks to Real for releasing me from those chains.

  1. srrojo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Real = RIP (we know..), more than ever that you're irrelevant.

    So, let me get this straight. Real messes up RealONE and musses with my OS install of OSX.

    Now they want on my iPod? Uh, no.

    Get over it, Real. 95% of what's on everybody's iPod is mp3. We already have a choice, and it ain't Apple's Music Store. iTunes transcodes anything that Quicktime can open, and what it can't, we have LAME and other Unix based tools. You don't even figure into the equation. You don't have compelling content, and your lossy standard sucks more than PureVoice (or whatever they're calling it now).

    I'd say 'stick with MS', but they're burying your via Windows Media, eh? I have a hard time finding *.ram content, and don't miss it.

    Well, it's been nice knowing you. Put up your toys, file Chapter 11, and go home.

  1. ltong

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: "Real - RIP (we know

    [quote]Real. 95% of what's on everybody's iPod is mp3. We already have a choice, and it ain't Apple's Music Store. iTunes transcodes anything that Quicktime can open, and what it can't, we have LAME and other Unix based tools.[/quote]

    What are you on? 95% is ridiculous! iTMS uses AAC encoded song files protected by Apple's own FairPlay DRM. I also highly doubt that many people took the time to change iTunes default setting from AAC to MP3 for ripping.

  1. jbelkin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Real - the Ultimate Irony

    The company that took 10 tries before producing a player NOT full of ads and logical to use ... AND ...

    The company built upon sealing off content with a low-fi playback format produces a hack of another company's player & files?


    I think maybe they are sealed from the real world and we need to tell them:

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You must be a very recent convert to iTunes. For years iTunes has saved in mp3 when ripping from a CD simply because AAC didn't exist yet. AAC only became the default setting after it was introduced which was very recently compared to the number of years SoundJam/iTunes has been around. About 98% of my iTunes library is mp3 and that's about 10GB of songs. I'm not about to go and re-rip all my CD's into AAC just to save a little disk space and say that I'm 100% AAC.

    Don't shoot your mouth off about things you are clueless on.

    If iTMS doesn't have what I want, I can order a CD online or go to the store. You all remember what going to the store was like, getting in the car, driving down there, parking somewhere where you won't get a cart in your door, walking around in public, paying with little pieces of paper?

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thanks for the PBS link..

    Great read. Now, Apple has every right to back Harmony out of the iPod, just like they would crush VirtualPC if it ever became a threat to Mac software development.

    This is business.

  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Playtime has ended.

    F_ck 'em up, Steve! F_CK THEM UP!!

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