RealNetworks Merges Programs Into RealOne Platform

Internet media company RealNetworks Inc. on Monday unveiled a new service melding its two popular consumer programs, RealPlayer and RealJukebox, into a single, digital media destination.

The combination has been long expected and marks the latest step by RealNetworks toward the nuts-and-bolts of Web content delivery as well as its continued effort to compete with arch-rival Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Media Player.

The new product, called RealOne, fuses RealPlayer's audio and video streaming software with RealJukebox's software, which lets users record, organize and play music on PCs.

"We've been waiting for RealNetworks to merge these software products. It's a natural combination. The real news is they've launched an offensive against Miscrosoft's windows media,'' said P.J. McNealy, analyst with GartnerG2.

News source: Yahoo! News/Internet Report

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