RealOne MP3 Player Coming For the Palm Tungsten T
RealNetworks and Palm, Inc. today announced a strategic alliance that will enable consumers to use their Palm Tungsten T handhelds as digital audio players. RealOne Player Mobile, which is based on the Helix platform, will deliver audio multimedia playback and storage for both RealAudio and MP3 files on Palm's newest handheld, enabling users to play and store music wherever and whenever. It will be made available as a free download by the end of the year.
The RealOne Player Mobile will enable consumers to:
- Transfer personal audio media collections from their RealOne Player on the PC onto their Palm Tungsten T handhelds
- View full display of current tracks playing, including song name, album and artist
- Select and playback songs from sound device cards
- Easily access content with the Tungsten T handheld's 5-way navigation
- Run multiple tasks while listening to RealAudio or MP3 programming
- Conserve battery power through the auto-dimming capability
"Our recently introduced Palm Tungsten T handheld empowers users to efficiently manage information with business-critical functionality in an industrial-strength handheld computer," said Ken Wirt, Palm's senior vice president of marketing and product management. "Now with the added audio multimedia feature from RealNetworks' RealOne Player, users will be able to download, store and play back news, entertainment and music -- an exciting element for Palm's innovative new handheld."
The RealOne Player Mobile for the Tungsten T handheld is based on the Helix DNA Client, a software engine that device manufacturers and software developers can use to build a multiformat media player for any device. RealNetworks is working with the Helix Community to make the Helix DNA Client available for the Palm OS(R) 5 platform, which will enable other media applications to be developed for the Tungsten T handheld and other Palm handhelds.
"We are delighted to enable Palm's customers to enjoy portable music on their Tungsten T handheld," Dan Sheeran, vice president, Media Systems, RealNetworks, Inc. "This is a great example of how the Helix platform enables new media experiences for today's mobile consumers."
Palm Tungsten T handheld users will be able to download the RealOne Player Mobile for free from www.palm.com/realoneplayermobile by the end of the year. The RealOne Player Mobile also will be shipped with select future Palm handhelds.
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