“Digital media firm Real Networks has started the global roll-out of its latest audio and video player, Realplayer 10, but is it good enough to secure the company’s future? If one believes the hype, RealPlayer 10 is the software to end all digital media woes. For consumers, it is the first free player that can play all major online media formats, from Apple’s AAC (iPod) and Quicktime formats to Windows Media, MPEG-4, MP3 and many more,” Tim Weber reports for BBC News.
[MacDailyNews Note: We’re unsure what Weber means by putting (iPod) after mistakenly calling AAC “Apple’s.” Perhaps he means AAC with Fairplay DRM from Apple’s iTunes Music Store? We couldn’t test to see if the new player can play protected AAC songs purchased from iTMS as there doesn’t seem to be a Realplayer 10 for Mac OS X.]
Weber reports, “And for Real Networks the launch comes at a crucial time, caught as it is between the Microsoft rock and the Apple hard place, both of which are pushing hard into the company’s market place. Microsoft media player keeps gaining market share, while Apple in recent months has managed to grab headlines with its iTunes service. However, speaking to BBC News Online, Real Networks chief executive Rob Glaser is bullish: ‘If having 350m users worldwide is between a rock and a hard place, then it’s a very nice situation to be in.'”
[MDN Note: Too bad it isn’t 350 million paying customers.]
Full article here.