November 28, 2007, 12:00 AM

New RealNetworks media player downloads videos to Macs

RealNetworks has rolled out a new media player that enables consumers to download and record video from thousands of web sites. The new device also works with Apple’s Mac computers and iPod music players.

Bill Briggs

Senior Editor

Digital entertainment services company RealNetworks Inc. has rolled out a new RealPlayer device that enables consumers to download and record video from thousands of web sites. RealPlayer Plus package users now can transfer downloaded video content to Apple Inc.’s iPod Nano, iPod Classic and iPod Video.

The new player untethers iPod owners from Apple’s iTunes video content and enables access to non-DRM protected videos from the web. In addition, a beta version of the new RealPlayer for Mac users is available and allows the downloading of non-DRM protected web videos for playback online or offline.

RealNetworks, No. 94 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, plans to add video transfer support for the Apple iPhone and iTouch in early 2008. Apple is No. 15 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.

The new RealPlayer is available as a free download from RealPlayer.com. Support for transferring video to the Apple iPod is available to those customers who upgrade to RealPlayer Plus at a one-time cost of $39.99.

PC users can send links of their favorite videos to their friends with a “Share with a Friend” feature. The link that arrives in their friends’ e-mail will direct them to the online source of the video content.

Real also expects to extend its one-click download feature in the new RealPlayer to a global audience by the end of November with the availability of localized versions for nine additional languages.

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