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  • Eric Baillargeon
    RealNetworks announces plans for digital music software By David Bauder, Associated Press, 05/03/99 15:53 NEW YORK (AP) - Leading Internet audio software
    Message 1 of 6 , May 4, 1999
      RealNetworks announces plans for
      digital music software

      By David Bauder, Associated Press, 05/03/99 15:53

      NEW YORK (AP) - Leading Internet audio software
      company RealNetworks placed itself squarely in the
      middle of a fight over music piracy with its creation
      of a product designed to make it easier to download
      and play music on a computer.

      The release of a test version of the RealJukebox
      software Monday coincided with a separate
      announcement by Thomson Consumer Electronic Inc.
      that it will market a portable device under the RCA
      brand for playing music downloaded from a computer.

      The moves are yet another blow to the recording industry,
      which is worried the booming trend of people distributing
      music through the Internet will severely weaken copyright
      laws.

      RealJukebox will make it easier and quicker for computer
      users to download music from either their own CDs or the
      Internet onto their computer hard drives, said Mark Hardie,
      a senior analyst with Forrester Research Inc. of Cambridge,
      Mass.

      It will also help people to find and download the huge number

      of tunes in MP3 and other formats now available, he said.

      The MP3 format allows near-CD quality recordings to be
      transmitted over the Internet, but also has given rise to
      widespread piracy as people trade unauthorized copies of
      tunes for free.

      RealJukebox will move digital music distribution beyond the
      technically savvy and into the mainstream, said Siddiq Bello,

      publisher of The MP3 Newsletter, a trade publication on
      Internet distribution of music.

      Meanwhile, Thomson plans this fall to begin selling a $200
      product to play MP3-formatted music downloaded from the
      computer. It will compete with Diamond Multimedia Systems
      Inc.'s Rio, the only product now on the market for that
      purpose.

      RealJukebox will contain an anti-piracy device that limits a
      consumer to making a single copy of a music file for their
      own
      use. However, consumers will be able to easily disable the
      device in order to send out copies of the music to friends via

      e-mail.

      The industry is worried that free distribution of music
      through
      the Internet will cripple the market for selling it, either
      on CDs
      or online.

      Phil Barrett, senior vice president at RealNetworks, said the

      company is ''very respectful of intellectual property.'' But
      he
      said RealNetworks is responding to an existing demand in the
      marketplace.

      ''Frankly, consumers don't really care about it,'' he said.
      ''The
      reality is most consumers don't want to be pirates and have
      no
      problem leaving the default in as it is.''

      The Recording Industry Association of America, which has
      appointed a committee to come up with anti-piracy standards,
      wouldn't comment on RealNetworks' announcement.

      ''People want this,'' Bello said. ''The recording industry
      must
      recognize that fact and make decisions knowing that instead
      of
      trying to modify that fact.''
    • SONIQ95@xxx.xxx
      In a message dated 5/4/99 4:20:11 AM Pacific Daylight Time, ericb@sky.sky.com writes:
      Message 2 of 6 , May 5, 1999
        In a message dated 5/4/99 4:20:11 AM Pacific Daylight Time, ericb@...
        writes:

        <<
        Phil Barrett, senior vice president at RealNetworks, said the

        company is ''very respectful of intellectual property.'' >>

        I listened to this guy speak on Sqawk box, yesterday, and his analogy was
        that "speed limits are 55 miles per hour, and most people obey the rules.
        You'll have some people going 90, but this is the exception"

        He either is from Mars, or has never been to LA / San Diego

        Todd (sonqi95@...)
      • Jason Bozarth ... The Master
        ... I would think these mp3 things would be good for bands to spread their music around. If you hear a song you like on the internet, wouldn t it tempt you to
        Message 3 of 6 , May 5, 1999
          --- Eric Baillargeon wrote:
          > From: Eric Baillargeon <ericb@...>
          >
          > RealNetworks announces plans for
          > digital music software


          I would think these mp3 things would be good for bands
          to spread their music around. If you hear a song you
          like on the internet, wouldn't it tempt you to buy the
          cd? sure you can record all the mp3's on a tape or
          recordable cd, but i would think people would want the
          official copy of an album with the art work (me
          included).


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