updated 01:45 am EDT, Tue October 8, 2002
RealNetworks today announced the second beta release of RealOne Player for Mac OS X, which supports RealOne SuperPass subscription services for access to digital programming from prominent media outlets such as ABCNEWS.com, CNN, E! Networks, FOXSports.com, and MLB.com. The company says that that Mac users downloaded over 800,000 copies of the first beta since its mid-July release (including over 55,000 in the first 24 hours).
Other features include integrated access to online resources, media search functions, a new favorites menu, and access to 1700 radio stations. Beta 2 also has support for RealOne RadioPass, a premium radio subscription service ($6 per month) that offers consumers high fidelity, near CD-quality 64 kbps radio feeds of 50 ad-free pre-programmed radio stations accessible by genre additional premium radio stations- such as KPIG.
RealOne's SuperPass provides premium content such as: live audio feeds of every Major League Baseball game; live audio from NASCAR; three-minute on-the-hour video news QuickCast updates from CNN; ABCNews' Nightline and World News Tonight indexed by story; exclusive outtakes from E! Network's The Anna Nicole Show; and even FOXSports' Best D*mn Sports Show Period. It is priced at $10 per month. RealOne SuperPass members will receive a 32kbps version of RealOne RadioPass and fewer stations, but may choose to upgrade their subscription for an additional $3.00 per month.