Sony has struck a deal with Realnetworks to enable Realjukebox users to download and securely transfer music to the gadget giant's portable audio players.
Realnetworks chairman and chief executive, Rob Glaser, told a packed house at the Consumer Electronics Show on Friday that the company plans to add support for Sony's music technologies into Realjukebox, including ATRAC3, its sound compression format and the OpenMG copyright protection technology, the Sony Memory Stick and its portable audio players such as Memory Stick Walkman and Vaio Music Clip.
Analysts believe that Realnetworks' collaboration with Sony will dramatically accelerate the electronic music distribution revolution.
The upgrade to Realjukebox is expected to ship this summer and is designed for use with OpenMG on PCs complying with SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative) requirements for copyright management. Both Realnetworks and Sony are active members of SDMI.
Realnetworks is also looking to provide integrated support for Sony's ATRAC3 codec technology, which will enable consumers to download and play ATRAC3 encoded music on PCs, as well as downloading such music to Sony's portable audio players packaged with OpenMG. Initially Sony and Realnetworks plan to develop a version of Realjukebox for Microsoft Windows 98 and Windows 2000.
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