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    A freind sent me this in an email today. I thought it was interesting, so now I'm sharing it with all you fine folk. Sorry, but she didn't mention which publication it is from.

    Best Buy to Offer RealNetworks' Service


    By HELEN JUNG, AP Business Writer

    [b]SEATTLE - RealNetworks Inc. and electronics retailer Best Buy plan to announce a deal Monday in which customers can try out and sign up for RealNetworks' online music service at Best Buy's 560 stores across the country.
    The deal, which unites traditional sales with the fledgling Internet business of digital music, boosts competition among companies racing to distinguish themselves in the market for legally downloading songs and albums over the Internet.

    RealNetworks has been aggressively inking deals with high-speed Internet service companies to drive customers to its Rhapsody digital music subscription service, which it acquired in its recent purchase of San Francisco-based Listen.com. More are to come, said Dan Sheeran, RealNetworks' senior vice president of marketing.

    With Rhapsody including the new Best Buy Rhapsody service customers pay a .95 monthly fee to listen to songs from a vast library of music from the major record labels as well as independent producers. Rhapsody subscribers can also burn songs onto compact discs for 79 cents each.

    The service is one of several emerging in recent months. Apple Computer launched its iTunes Music Store in April, offering digital downloads of music for 99 cents a song. Microsoft Corp. last week teamed with a British company to offer a European service selling songs over the Internet for 99 euro cents (about
    Best Buy to Offer RealNetworks' Service


    By HELEN JUNG, AP Business Writer

    SEATTLE - RealNetworks Inc. and electronics retailer Best Buy plan to announce a deal Monday in which customers can try out and sign up for RealNetworks' online music service at Best Buy's 560 stores across the country.
    The deal, which unites traditional sales with the fledgling Internet business of digital music, boosts competition among companies racing to distinguish themselves in the market for legally downloading songs and albums over the Internet.

    RealNetworks has been aggressively inking deals with high-speed Internet service companies to drive customers to its Rhapsody digital music subscription service, which it acquired in its recent purchase of San Francisco-based Listen.com. More are to come, said Dan Sheeran, RealNetworks' senior vice president of marketing.

    With Rhapsody including the new Best Buy Rhapsody service customers pay a $9.95 monthly fee to listen to songs from a vast library of music from the major record labels as well as independent producers. Rhapsody subscribers can also burn songs onto compact discs for 79 cents each.

    The service is one of several emerging in recent months. Apple Computer launched its iTunes Music Store in April, offering digital downloads of music for 99 cents a song. Microsoft Corp. last week teamed with a British company to offer a European service selling songs over the Internet for 99 euro cents (about $1.12) each through Microsoft's MSN Music Club or Tiscali Music Club, depending on the country.

    The deal with Minneapolis-based Best Buy in which the two companies will share revenue from subscribers will help RealNetworks spread from its base of technology-savvy customers to a mainstream audience, Sheeran said.

    He added that RealNetworks plans to offer a service by the end of the year that lets customers burn songs onto CDs without having to be a monthly subscriber.

    Although he would not disclose other possible partners for the service, he said it is "the type of thing that e-retailers are interested in."

    Companies have been increasingly casting about for legal ways to sell songs over the Internet that do not handcuff consumers' use of the music, but that also respect record labels' copyright concerns. Besides Apple and Microsoft, Seattle-based Internet retailer Amazon.com has also said it is interested in selling digital music, once it figures out the best way to offer songs over the Internet.

    The deal is good for both companies, letting them "tie the online and offline worlds of consumers," said Michael McGuire, an analyst with Gartner G2. "The more information like that you have, the better you are in the long term."
    .12) each through Microsoft's MSN Music Club or Tiscali Music Club, depending on the country.

    The deal with Minneapolis-based Best Buy in which the two companies will share revenue from subscribers will help RealNetworks spread from its base of technology-savvy customers to a mainstream audience, Sheeran said.

    He added that RealNetworks plans to offer a service by the end of the year that lets customers burn songs onto CDs without having to be a monthly subscriber.

    Although he would not disclose other possible partners for the service, he said it is "the type of thing that e-retailers are interested in."

    Companies have been increasingly casting about for legal ways to sell songs over the Internet that do not handcuff consumers' use of the music, but that also respect record labels' copyright concerns. Besides Apple and Microsoft, Seattle-based Internet retailer Amazon.com has also said it is interested in selling digital music, once it figures out the best way to offer songs over the Internet.

    The deal is good for both companies, letting them "tie the online and offline worlds of consumers," said Michael McGuire, an analyst with Gartner G2. "The more information like that you have, the better you are in the long term."
    I don't know why anyone would pay $10 a month just to listen to music online when there are places such as Shoutcast.com :shrug:

    I do think selling music online is a good idea (i'm fully aware it's already available) but $1 per song is a bit steep imo

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    Yeah it's too expensive per song, but if it's lossless audio that they are offering, and if it's at a decent price per album, it might not be such a bad idea :D
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    Real Networks is crap. Anyone who has ever installed Real Player 7 or higher knows what I'm talking about. Their program is garbage. Their compression format is decent. And they are teaming up with Best Buy because NOONE is using their Real One network.
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    Real Networks player will take over your whole computer and we all know that. It's bloated, slow, and it sucks. Hell I will take quicktime over it :)
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    Are you sick of poor quality 128k mp3's that sound inferior to regular CD's you buy in the store? Do you long for the exact sound of a CD with absolutly no quality loss, and at practically half the size of a normal CD? CD's get scratched all the time, and FLAC is great for archiving all those good copies of your classic rock, and backing them up to save forever. FLAC unlike mp3, or ogg vorbis is what is called a lossless format. This means that no quality whatsoever is lost from the origianl disk. Lossy formats such as ogg vorbis, wmv, and moreover mp3 are usually flat sounding, and full of hissing and dullness because they discard and literally throw out important information that controls how good the CD will sound. Using FLAC will ensure the crystal-clear clarity that you can expect from a freshly opened CD. Instead of flimsy CD cases that snap and CD's that scratch easily, and are inevitably summoned to a poor scratched up death; FLAC files can be stored in a tough metal box known as your Hard Disk. FLAC putting life back into digital audio. If you own legit copies of CD's and seek for them pre-FLAC'd for all your digital listening needs please shoot me a PM for more information.

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    Real sucks. I hear praises about it, but as far as I'm concerned the quality (at least what it encoded by) is utter crap.

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    at this time, i would like to guide any one from real network to the bottom of this page, specifically, the bit that goes like this:
    "TweakTown in its entirety will not be held responsible for personal opinions or suggestions expressed in the TweakTown Forums"

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    Am I missing something? I don't see any opinions!! I see nothing but facts! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeradul
    Am I missing something? I don't see any opinions!! I see nothing but facts! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
    yeah but will real network agree? :laugh:
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    They agree, but certainly won't publicly. They know what we know, and they know that noone is using their service, and they know why.
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