RealPlayer 10 Release Supports More Formats

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-04-07 Print this article Print

RealNetworks, embroiled in an antitrust suit against Microsoft, makes its latest digital media player available with support for competitors' media formats.

RealNetworks Inc. on Wednesday released the latest version of its digital media player with support for all of the major Internet media formats, including those from competitors Microsoft Corp. and Apple Computer Inc. RealNetworks of Seattle first announced RealPlayer 10 for Windows in January and said it would include support for playing music purchased through Apples iTunes, working around Apples digital rights management technology. Along with supporting the latest RealAudio and RealVideo formats, RealPlayer 10 also supports Windows Media and Apples QuickTime MPEG-4 formats, as well as standard MP3 and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) formats, the company said.
Consumers "finally have a single product that works with their favorite portable devices and plays all the great free and premium content they find online," Richard Wolpert, RealNetworks chief strategy officer, said in a statement.
The new player, previously in beta, is now a final release and is available for download in North America, Europe (in English and German) and Japan, with additional international versions set to launch in the summer. Among the players new features are integration with the RealPlayer online music store in the U.S. version, the ability to fast-forward and rewind within streams without any delay as well as to pause live streams, and support for more than 50 portable music devices, including Apples iPod. Click here to read more about RealNetworks partnership with IBM to offer digital media delivery services for enterprises. RealNetworks latest release comes in the midst of its antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft over the Redmond, Wash., software makers inclusion of Windows Media Player in the Windows operating system. It also follows the European Unions recent ruling against Microsoft, which some observers believe could benefit RealNetworks because it requires Microsoft to offer a version of Windows stripped of Windows Media Player. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at for the latest news, reviews, analysis and opinion about productivity and business solutions.
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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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