CD-Quality MP3 Recording
Capability, 10-Band Graphic Equalizer and Fully Customizable Music
Management Enable Superior Digital Music Experience
New, Free RealJukebox Beta 2 and
RealJukebox Plus Provide Seamless Integration With Multiple
Portable Digital Music Players and New 'Skins' Feature For
Unlimited Personalization of RealJukebox Interface
SEATTLE, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ --
RealNetworks®, Inc., the recognized leader in media delivery on
the Internet, today introduced two new versions of RealJukebox(TM)
-- already the most popular digital music system only 8 weeks
after its introduction.* The company introduced the beta release
of RealJukebox Plus(TM), the first complete digital music system
including the ability to record at CD-quality -- up to 320Kbps
using the MP3 format. RealJukebox Plus, now available for $29.99
includes a 10-band graphic equalizer, powerful new music
management capabilities and many other features.
"The tests confirm in my mind
that the 192Kbps and higher MP3 music files that are created by
RealJukebox Plus are effectively indistinguishable from the
original CD," said John Seymour, audio engineer, whose
credits include work with platinum recording artists Dave
Matthews, Alice in Chains and Bad Company. "RealJukebox Plus
will enable music lovers to enjoy the same high quality digital
sound directly from their PCs and portable digital devices that
they now expect from compact disc players. Music enthusiasts will
be extremely pleased with today's release of RealJukebox
RealNetworks also announced today
the Beta 2 release of its free RealJukebox. Both RealJukebox Beta
2 and RealJukebox Plus enable consumers to easily acquire, play
and manage their personal music collections, and are the only
digital music products to support seamless integration with
multiple portable devices, including RCA LYRA, Creative Labs'
NOMAD, Diamond Rio and Philips' newly announced device (see
separate release). RealJukebox and RealJukebox Plus support the
broadest range of popular downloadable music formats, including
RealAudio®, Liquid Audio, MP3, WAV, AT&T's a2b and IBM's EMMS.
Both versions of RealJukebox now provide consumers with the
ability to completely personalize the way the software appears
with a wide variety of cool faceplates called "skins."
RealJukebox and RealJukebox Plus users can select from fifty
unique skins available now for download, or easily create their
own custom skin.
"In just three months, more
than seven million people have used RealJukebox to play and record
more than 20 million CDs," said Rob Glaser, Chairman and CEO
of RealNetworks. "With today's introduction of RealJukebox,
we're taking digital music to the next level with full CD quality,
integrated support for secure portable music players and
downloadable music from major record companies such as the Warner
RealNetworks, Warner Music and
Trans World Entertainment announced today that they are working
together to jointly market and promote a series of popular artists
from Warner Music Group labels including Warner Brothers, Elektra,
Atlantic Records and Maverick (see separate release).
"As far as I'm concerned,
there are really only two choices for complete digital music
systems, RealJukebox and RealJukebox Plus," said Richard
Doherty, Research Director of The Envisioneering Group. "With
high quality record and playback, support for multiple portable
devices and the leading digital music formats, RealNetworks is
providing consumers and audiophiles alike with the best way to
manage and enjoy their digital music collections."
About RealJukebox Plus
RealJukebox Plus is an enhanced
version of the free RealJukebox, the most popular digital music
system available that enables consumers to acquire, play and
manage their personal digital music collections. RealJukebox Plus
provides all of the functionality of the free product as well as
the following premium features:
* CD Quality Recording and Playback -- RealJukebox Plus features the
highest bitrate MP3 recording and playback available. It offers a broad
range of recording options, with sound quality indistinguishable from
the original CD. Also new is a MP3 recording option called variable bit
rate (VBR), which reduces the amount of disk space needed for high
* Graphic Equalizer -- The 10-band graphic equalizer enables users to
fine-tune their RealJukebox Plus for superior sound and includes built-
in presets for genres including Classical, Rock, Pop and more.
* Powerful Music Organization -- In addition to the music organization
features of the free RealJukebox such as automatic song categorization
and indexing, RealJukebox Plus adds significantly improved capabilities
that are ideal for managing large digital music collections. Features
include: three customizable information fields for adding song details;
hierarchical groupings so that consumers can sort within categories;
time-saving ability to edit an entire category or track properties
simultaneously; and capability to hide or show track information columns
according to user preferences.
* File Conversion -- RealJukebox Plus allows users to easily convert
files to any other compression size or format. This feature enables
consumers to reduce data storage requirements by lowering file bitrates,
or convert songs so that they can be transferred to various devices such
as writable compact disc drives (CD-Rs) or portable media such as Zip
* Customer Support -- RealJukebox Plus customers are provided with phone
support for 90 days (extendable to a full year). An optional copy of
RealJukebox Plus on CD, product manual and upgrade subscription will
also be available.
The new RealJukebox Beta 2 and
RealJukebox Plus both provide the following new features:
* Integrated Portable Device Support -- RealJukebox and RealJukebox Plus
now include fully integrated support for the RCA LYRA and Diamond Rio,
and will soon include support for Creative Labs' NOMAD and Philips' new
portable digital music device. Consumers can now simply select tracks
and then drag and drop them onto the portable music player, so they can
enjoy their digital music collection while on the go. When transferring
songs to a portable device, RealJukebox automatically converts digital
music files to the optimal music format for that particular device,
enabling users to easily transfer any music file format to any supported
device. RealJukebox also provides the option to automatically compress
music files further so that users can transfer up to three times more
minutes of music to their portable music devices.
* Customizable Appearance -- "Skins" enable users to dramatically change
the appearance of their RealJukebox to suit their individual
preferences. Eleven unique skins will be included with RealJukebox and
dozens more will be available for free download from the RealJukebox
Central website ( http://realjukebox.real.com ). A RealJukebox skins
creation kit is also available, allowing anyone to create their own |
custom skin using a standard graphics program and text editor.
* More Compatible Music Formats, Including Liquid Audio -- RealJukebox
and RealJukebox Plus now support Liquid Audio's secure music format,
immediately enabling consumers to securely purchase and download
thousands of Liquid Tracks.
* RealJukebox Metadata Package (RMP) -- RealJukebox now supports a
metafile format called RMP, which enables content providers to package
traditional downloadable music files -- including MP3, Liquid Audio,
AT&T's a2b, and RealAudio -- along with value-added information such as
playlists, custom skins, and links to relevant web sites. Music
providers can take advantage of RMP by using the free toolkit available
The new features in RealJukebox
and RealJukebox Plus are built on RealSystem(TM) MP, the open,
extensible architecture enabling integration with a wide range of
Internet services and hardware devices. At the heart of RealSystem
MP is a powerful set of software interfaces that enable ongoing
enhancements, including the integrated portable device support and
additional music file format support announced today.
RealNetworks, Inc., based in
Seattle, is the recognized leader in streaming media delivery for
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. RealNetworks can be found
on the World Wide Web at http://www.real.com.
Source: Media Metrix, June 1999. See Separate Press Release.
NOTE: RealNetworks, RealSystem,
RealJukebox, RealJukebox Plus, and RealAudio, are trademarks or
registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. All other companies or
products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective owners.
SOURCE: RealNetworks, Inc.