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Editorial: irony in Real/Microsoft/Apple struggle

updated 02:30 pm EST, Wed December 22, 2004

EU ruling to help Apple

AudioGoGo says Real Networks has done "some quality legal and lobbying work that will ." The European Union has ordered that Microsoft stop bundling its Media Player with Windows. The article points out that "when Real Networks started all this work, the media fight was between Microsoft and Real Networks... If anyone has been paying attention, it is now about Windows Media, vs. iTunes." Real Networks and Apple have recently been involved in a dispute over Real's Harmony technology: "Apple just kicked Real Networks hard by blocking its Harmony music service from offering higher quality 192 kbps music to new and updated iPod owners."




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  1. Avenir

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    i like this

    "because unlike Microsoft, Apple doesn’t want to play with others"

    good, I don't like playing with others.

  1. abe2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Queue...

    Queue the rabbid Apple zealots in 3... 2... 1...

  1. t_hah

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I don't understand...

    Apple has never officially supported Real compatibility. Real created a "hacked" solution, which has been changed. Why is this Apple's fault? Apple has never offcially said that they were supporting Real's files...

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WTF???

    From the article: "The fact is Windows users love to try new things. Right now on Windows, the alternative browser Firefox is making good headway for a product that is not bundled with anything and does its advertising word of mouth with free ads on websites."

    Bwahahahahaha! "Windows users love to try new things"! That's hilarious. Except for games, the Windows users I know use what came with their computer, and that's it. Their 1-year antivirus subscriptions that come with the computer expire and go unrenewed. They don't install or use anti-spyware apps. They are completely apathetic when it comes to seeking out alternatives, even in the face of things like IE allowing stealth installs of spyware, adware, data miners and keyloggers. That's why Microsoft fought so hard to keep IE shipping as part of Windows... they knew user inertia would put the screws to Netscape's market share more certainly than anything else.

    IE achieved "unsecure, feature-lacking POS" status YEARS ago, and only now are average Windows users becoming fed up enough with it to seek out a better browser-- they just rolled over put up with malware for all that time. Love to try new things, indeed.

  1. redwood

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Good for real

    It shows that Real is giving back to the community and supporting freedom of choice. Good for Real and ultimately good for the entire computing community, which is everyone these days.

  1. SomeToast

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: Queue...

    Queue the rabbid Apple zealots in 3... 2... 1...

    Cue the rabid spelling and usage zealots in 3... 2... 1...

  1. freakboy2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    queue

    Q the l33t haxors pwning the lamerz queue pr3dicting l0serz 3... 2... 1... pwnd

  1. Anilan

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Pffftt...

    3rd graders share. Big kids don't.

  1. ApeInTheShell

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Silly

    "Apple just kicked Real Networks hard by blocking its Harmony music service from offering higher quality 192 kbps music to new and updated iPod owners."

    Imagine football analysts saying this and you have what people call news nowadays. We already know what happened, the protests, and heard the responses. Why run a similar article about the same thing unless it's newsworthy? It's not.
    Let's just make up news from no on. It is beginning to feel like a rumor site already.

  1. ZOM 77

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    why?

    whats wrong w. MS including their media player w. windows?
    apple includes quicktime . . .
    the only thing wrong would be if microsoft forced companies not to include real or quicktime . . .
    i donno
    doenst make sense
    ms media player on windows is a great application (though i dont have windows - mac man) . . .why not let it be bundled >?
    this is all getting out of hand

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