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RealNetworks has released a update to the RealOne player that adds support for the new RealPlayer online Music Store. Real also says they will release a version compatible with the Treo 600 by the end of the month.
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Still to streaming support

bcombee @ 1/7/2004 7:05:50 PM #
My big disappointment is that RealPlayer 1.5 doesn't support any audio streaming, even though several of the supported devices (Tungsten Ts, Tungsten C, Treo 600) all support some sort of wireless networking. I love listening to MP3 streams with PocketTunes, but there are a lot of RealAudio streams out there that aren't accessible on the device yet.

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RE: Still to streaming support
allemande @ 1/7/2004 7:36:31 PM #
Isn't real player open source? time to get busy.
RE: Still to streaming support
drw @ 1/7/2004 10:52:54 PM #
Yea, like here's Nasa TV, a Real Audio Stream:


RE: Still to streaming support
Enfors @ 1/8/2004 9:39:00 AM #
No, I'm afraid Real player is far from Open Source.

RE: Still to streaming support
Altema @ 1/8/2004 9:50:58 AM #
PocketTunes supports audio streaming. Nice feature for someone like me whose office is out of FM range.


Marc333 @ 1/7/2004 10:57:12 PM #
Has there been any news of Real doing a player of their RM format?

Apple Music Store

ehanneken @ 1/8/2004 8:58:33 AM #
So, just to be clear: Does this mean I can download AAC files from the Apple Music Store and play them on my Tungsten T?
RE: Apple Music Store
ehanneken @ 1/8/2004 9:39:06 AM #
I'm going to guess that the answer to my question is no. The reason is found in a CNET article about Real's announcements (

"Songs sold in the music store will be distributed in the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format, an open standard developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), rather than a proprietary RealNetworks format. However, they'll be wrapped in Real's own Helix digital rights management technology . . .

"Real says it has tapped into the workings of Apple's well-publicized QuickTime technology without any need to break through the digital rights management features that protect iTunes songs against unauthorized distribution.

"Instead, RealPlayer 10 essentially triggers the QuickTime and iTunes content-authorization process in the background, instead of breaking through it. That means that a computer must already have iTunes installed, and be authorized to play a given song, in order for the iTunes song to play in RealNetworks' software."

RE: Apple Music Store
Enfors @ 1/8/2004 9:39:54 AM #
I'm not sure, but I don't think so. The ATRAC format included copy protection, and can therefore only be used on hardware especially designed for it (if I'm not mistaken). For example, you can't store ATRAC songs on an ordinary memory stick - you have to buy a special, even more expensive kind of memory stick to be able to store ATRAC songs.


Double versions- wasted RAM

GKreamer @ 1/8/2004 10:59:16 PM #
I think that PalmOne should consider an issue that is being carried over from PPC's- they supply an application in ROM, then if you want an update, it occupies RAM- two versions thus wasted RAM.

Granted, the Tungsten T2 & T3 have more than 16MB of RAM, but I personally do not want to use RAM and ROM for the same app... Another example is Docs2Go.


RE: Double versions- wasted RAM
kevdo @ 1/9/2004 8:26:47 PM #
You could take the view that if the app is in ROM then you do get a "free ride" in terms of RAM at least for a while (some folks don't ever upgrade). You haven't "lost" anything by having it in ROM instead of RAM once you upgrade -- but you gained a lot before that.

Would it be nice to have the new version installed as Flash ROM over the old one? Of course. But no manufacturer does it that way.

-Kevin Crossman

RealPlayer 1.5

uli @ 1/10/2004 9:28:32 AM #
Is anyone else having problems upgrading to realplayer 1.5? I downloaded the supposed update from the realplayer website, installed, hot-synced, but I still have version 1.1 on my Tungsten E.
rc46 @ 1/10/2004 2:15:22 PM #
Does the "Music Store" allow you to download MP3's or just real audio files?

Pilot 1000 -> Pilot 5000 -> Palm Pilot Professional -> TRG Pro -> Palm V -> Palm Vx -> Palm m505 -> Palm i705 Palm TT - Samsung i500 -> Treo 600
RE: RealPlayer 1.5
bailout @ 6/8/2004 8:48:39 PM #
Same upgrade problem. Try upgrading RealPlayer for Palm to version 1.5 and keep getting 1.1a. Anybody ever figure it out. And yes, I am in the U.S.

Can't get it if outside US

yuhui @ 1/12/2004 1:21:03 AM #
Folks, this thing is only available for people living in the US. Why? Because you need to create a Music Store account first before you can download the player. This seems pretty silly to me because people outside the US may still want the updated player for their Palms.

RealPlayer 10 US only

str8edge @ 1/12/2004 9:50:25 AM #
I tried to download the update today, and it is only available for customers in the United States. I guess customers from other countries don't count..

Does anyone have a direct link for the download?




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