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Microsoft settles with RealNetworks for $761 million

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Tue October 11, 2005

Microsoft settles lawsuit

Microsoft today said it will , one of Apple's major online music competitors, to settle an antitrust suit regarding Microsoft's use of its dominance to promote its own media software. RealNetworks said Microsoft's decision to bundle Windows Media Player for free within the Windows operating system slowed sales at RealNetworks, according to a report from Reuters. Microsoft will pay RealNetworks $460 million in cash up front to resolve all damage claims, and RealNetworks will get licenses and commitments that give it long-term access to Windows Media technologies to enhance the Real Player software, according to the report. Microsoft has also vowed to promote the music and game subscription services of RealNetworks through the MSN internet network, and will earn credit against the remaining $301 million for subscriptions to Real from MSN, according to the report.

by MacNN Staff



  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I smell a rat…

  1. macmad

    Joined: Dec 1969



    There is nothing or no-one they can't buy. Fantastic innovation guys.

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No advantage

    It's like merging two bankrupt airlines. Where is the upside for either one? Other than the ability to do crappy business for cheaper.

    If neither of these companies can complete with Apple they should ask WHY. I generally avoid REAL because their products have become spyware and clunky. I avoid WMP because it's cluttered and horrible to use. (Unless I have no options of course.)

    iTunes & Quicktime (two separate products as they should be! Hint hint) are streamlined and a true pleasure to use. Get with it guys and just maybe you'll make some inroads.

    Now ... let me go get a Dell Ditty.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wired Article

    M$ and RN are both full of BS. They talk about choice and open standards, I mean do I need to say anything else? After I read it and felt the compulsion to hear to voice my thoughts somewhere (sorry, it ended up here ;)) I'm starting to think that people have listened and it is plainly obvious that they are full of BS. Not to go on a complete tangent, but there was a comment about the Democratic Party and their woes as of the last two elections, it was that America has a built in BS detector. I think they same thing applies here, their BS detector is going off. Everyone knows M$, and for the majority of the folks who have tried to use Real, it's been more of a pain in the a** and left a sour note. ie, try downloading the free player, better yet, since you might me techno savvy, have your mom or dad do it. Vent complete, normal temp. attained.

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