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RealNetworks launches music sale, targets iTunes

updated 12:40 am EDT, Tue August 17, 2004

Real launches music sale

RealNetworks today announced its new music sale to kick off the .

by MacNN Staff





  1. jedi1yoda1

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How is it choice when their service only works with windows?

  1. andydg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    1 choice

    There is only one choice, iTunes. :)

  1. bedoughty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Just another beautiful way one company can be so painfully retarded. jedi1yoda1 has a great point.. It seems that it's not enough for Real to be hemmoraging money, (in part because M$ is pulling yet another stunt and doing what they can to snuff the competition) but now they have to get proactive about throwing it down a sewer.


  1. slipperfrog

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Like Real has ever been about "Freedom of Choice"! Their format has always been proprietary, and I've never heard of them licensing it to anyone.

    Bye-bye, Real. Say hello to Roxio/Napster for me when you get to h***.

  1. adam1185

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is gonna backfire on real so bad. Check out the petition they've started at this website

    Something tells me they won't get too many positive signatures ;-)

  1. pdot

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This new promotion is to get people to use Real music on iPods and once there are enough users, they'll hope that it will convince Apple (i.e. get public support) to allow Real music on iPods.

  1. TiDual

    Joined: Dec 1969


    right or wrong

    That's clearly the strategy, but doomed. There's no way Apple will let itself be bullied like this, especially so publically. I reckon Apple will ignore this entirely (to avoid too much press), and simply hold out for a little bit, then introduce an ipod update which breaks all harmony songs, a few ipod owners will be a little annoyed (since I don't think many will use REAL anyway), REAL will die, and apple will carry on with it's dominate share of >4GB players and on-line music sales.

  1. bowwowman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no way

    So now they are resorting to giving away their music for 1/2 price just to get people to try their lousy service... what a winey-butt, half-a*sed promotional stunt, too bad it will fall on deaf ears and hard heads..... maybe now consumers will see how silly this format war is AGAIN!

    Open standards, thats the ticket..........

  1. jasong

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dialogue and thoughts

    This site is an invitation for your dialogue and thoughts, whether it's about us or any other player o­n the field.

    Um . . . the only place I could find for dialogue was discussing the articles they selected promoting their point of view. No forums for open discussion, no link inviting me to submit an article.

    Furthermore, as has been said, and as I have said all along, Real, give me my freedom of choice, then we can talk. I use a Mac, provide me with service.

  1. 1800-whatever

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sign the petition ROLF

    I was a bit curious what people had written where it says
    "Don’t Let Apple Break Your iPod!” Sign up " and if it would be like really pro REAL or what ...
    LOL, well... go read the comments...
    I'dd love them to send that of to Apple :-)

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