Seattle, WA (April 13, 2004)–RealNetworks, Inc. has announced the final release of RealPlayer 10, the first free media player that enables consumers to play content in any of the major Internet media formats, including RealAudio, RealVideo, AAC, Windows Media, QuickTime MPEG-4 and MP3. Released in “beta” form on January 7 in the U.S. only, the final version of RealPlayer 10 is now available in North America, Europe (German and English versions) and Japan with additional international versions scheduled to launch later this summer.
“Since the product’s initial public release, consumers and reviewers have enthusiastically embraced RealPlayer 10 because they finally have a single product that works with their favorite portable devices and plays all the great free and premium content they find online,” said Richard Wolpert, chief strategy officer, RealNetworks, Inc.
RealNetworks also announced that several new partners, including Air America Radio, Car Talk from NPR, Movielink and Virgin Radio, have joined the more than 50 content and technology companies already supporting RealPlayer 10 and the Real 10 platform.
Air America Radio, the new national progressive radio network, and RealNetworks, Inc. recently announced that over 2 million streams were delivered online for Air America Radio during the network’s first week of broadcasting exclusively through RealPlayer 10. With 50,000 streams delivered concurrently on launch day, this was the highest ever usage of the Real Broadcast Network for a non-breaking news service.
“We’re extremely pleased that the Air America Radio launch is the single largest non-news stream in Real Broadcast Network history,” said Evan Cohen, chairman of Air America Radio. “Over two million streams within the first week of our launch is a testament to the quality of Air America Radio programming and reach of the Real 10 platform.”