RealNetworks Chair and Chief Executive Officer Rob Glaser sat down with IDG News Service to discuss his company with Joris Evers for IDG News Service. Two questions touched upon Apple, the iPod, iTunes, and the iTunes Music Store:
IDGNS: Hewlett-Packard announced it will release a digital music player based on Apple’s IPod [sic] and preinstall Apple’s ITunes [sic] jukebox software on its consumer PCs and notebook systems. Does that hurt RealNetworks?
Glaser: ITunes [sic] is only going to be used for playing songs you bought using the ITunes [sic] store or ripped using ITunes [sic]. What we have done with RealPlayer 10 by making it universal is create a solution that we think consumers will flock to. Imagine the situation when you buy a couple of tracks from the ITunes [sic] store, a couple of tracks from Napster, and hopefully you’ll buy tracks from the RealPlayer Music Store. You want it to just work. What Apple is doing reinforces format diversity. Even though Apple is narrowly focused on its one format, its success reinforces the need for people to take a universal approach. We’re the only major player that does that.
IDGNS: Apple offers both the ITunes [sic] media player and the IPod [sic] hardware. Will we ever see a RealNetworks device?
Glaser: We’re not likely to make our own hardware. We will have hardware partners who we work closely with to make sure that we deliver a great end-to-end experience. We are already doing that with Palm; we’re working on that with Creative Labs. We will increasingly work with more and more device makers out there.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Wonder if Real’s service (and the company) will last another five years? And calling the iPod, “IPod,” and iTunes, “ITunes,” makes IDG News Service look uninformed and lazy. IDG News Service is simply disrespectful of Apple, as they seem to be perfectly capable of getting every other company’s non-standard trademarked names correctly on the page. They don’t seem to feel the need to impose their own version of the RealNetworks name, or by following their logic, it would be written something like “rEalnEtworks” or something to that effect. It’s a subtle disrespect (we imagine the author thinking, “Apple stuff – not worth the effort of getting the name right”). It’s usually reserved only for Apple’s trademarked product names and it sticks out like a sore thumb in articles like this. We will continue to point it out until it stops.