Leader in CD-Recording Technology Joins Leader in Digital Music to Enable Over 21 Million RealJukebox Users to Create Standard Audio CDs
LAS VEGAS, (CES), Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks®, Inc., the recognized leader in media delivery on the Internet, and Adaptec, Inc., a leader in audio and video recording software, today announced an agreement to integrate CD recording capabilities into RealJukebox(TM), the world's most popular music jukebox software. This integration will enable consumers to quickly and easily record their personal digital music and custom playlists in RealJukebox onto a standard audio CD that can be used for music playback on any standard audio CD player.
RealJukebox Update 1, announced today and available for immediate download from http://www.real.com, allows users with CD-R drives to incorporate CD-recording technology from Adaptec's industry leading Easy CD Creator. With seamless integration of Easy CD Creator technology, users can simply drag and drop music tracks or personal playlists onto a CD-R icon within RealJukebox. Adaptec will make a version of their Easy CD Creator engine available for free download at http://www.adaptec.com/realdeal for users who do not already have their Easy CD Creator software installed.
"We are thrilled to be working with Adaptec to deliver integrated CD-Recording capability in RealJukebox," said Dave Richards, vice president, Consumer Products, RealNetworks, Inc. "This advancement provides the more than 21 million RealJukebox users with easiest way to create their own audio CDs for playback on any standard CD Player, whether it be in the living room, on a CD boombox, or in a car CD Player."
"This agreement delivers the best CD recording capabilities to all Internet consumers in a seamless, intuitive way," said Tom Shea, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Software Products Group. "The combination of the most popular music jukebox software and industry-leading CD recording software will provide consumers with an easy solution for creating their own music CDs."
The Beta version of the Plug in which enables the CD-R functionality will be available via the AutoUpdate feature in RealJukebox from RealNetworks. For customers who do not have the Easy CD Creator engine, the free version will be available for download early next week from www.adaptec.com/realdeal/.
RealJukebox, the first complete digital music system, enables consumers to easily acquire, play and manage their personal music collections. It has been downloaded by over 21 million unique users in the eight months since its launch in May 1999, making it the world's most popular music jukebox software. RealJukebox turns PCs into the best way to experience music by allowing consumers to listen to their favorite music at their convenience, record their personal CD collections to their PC hard drive, find and download music from the Internet, organize and personalize music collections, and take their music anywhere through the use of portable music players, CD-R drives and removable media. RealJukebox is immediately available for free download at www.real.com. PC Magazine and PC Computing recently recognized RealJukebox one of the standout software products for 1999.
About Adaptec, Inc.
Adaptec makes storage work with products and solutions that move, transfer, manage, and protect valuable data that is the heart of Internet and e-business computing. Adaptec's hardware and software products are found in high-performance servers and workstations from the world's leading manufacturers, and are sold through distribution channels to enterprises, medium and small businesses, and consumers. With a range of host I/O, RAID, and CD recording software products, Adaptec is a market leader in storage solutions, and a powerful enabler of today's information age. Adaptec is an S&P 500 and a Nasdaq 100 member. More information is available at http://www.adaptec.com.
RealNetworks, Inc., based in Seattle, is the recognized leader in streaming media delivery on the Internet. It develops and markets software products and services designed to enable users of personal computers and other consumer electronic devices to send and receive audio, video and other multimedia services using the Web. Consumers can access and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks consumer software on the Internet at http://www.real.com. All RealNetworks systems and corporate information is located on the Internet at http://www.realnetworks.com.
RealNetworks continues to maintain a strong leadership share of the streaming media market. As of January 2000, there are more than 95 million unique users of RealPlayer and more than 85% of all streaming media Web pages on the Internet use industry leading RealAudio®, RealVideo®, RealFlash(TM), RealText(TM) or RealPix(TM), and more than 350,000 hours of live RealAudio and RealVideo programming are available each week (Source: Hotbot).
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