RealNetworks was among the big winners at the first annual Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards. The awards were held on November 5th at UCLA Covel Commons at Sunset Village in Los Angeles, California.
RealNetworks’ Rhapsody won Best Downloadable or Subscription Music Service, and the company’s Harmony service won Digital Music Innovation of the Year. In another music related category, Napster reigned supreme in the category of Best Digital Music Community.
Apple/Pixar CEO Steve Jobs was named Visionary of the Year while Apple picked up the honor for Brand of the Year.
The Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards celebrate vision, innovation, entrepreneurship and brand development in digital entertainment. With awards in 26 unique categories honoring achievements involving games, music and film, television and video, Billboard recognized the cutting-edge developments and forward thinkers shaping the future of entertainment.
Billboard created the awards ceremony in partnership with Digital Media Wire, the digital industry’s leading news organization and events company. Finalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges from the music, gaming and film/TV industries. Throughout the review and judging process, entries were evaluated on a point system based on specific criteria relevant to each category as set out in the category descriptions. Particular focus was given to innovation, creativity, content, interactivity and market success. For a list of judges please (which included executives from EMI Music, Yahoo, Microsoft’s Xbox Live, Electronic Arts, Sony Pictures Digital, and Warner Music Group) visit [url=http://www.digitalentertainmentawards.com]http://www.digitalentertainmentawards.com[/url]
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