Real spins out gold version of universal player

RealNetworks spun out the gold version of its new "universal" RealOne Player version 2 Tuesday, boasting enhanced CD burning features and faster playback.

The gold release comes just one month after Real unveiled the beta version of the version 2 player, which has been promoted as a universal product due to its ability to play back audio and video content in over 50 different media types, including Windows Media and QuickTime MPEG 4.

The RealOne Player version 2 is the company's first consumer product to take advantage of its Helix Platform, which allows content providers to stream different media formats from a single server.

The newest version of the player also includes what the Seattle, Washington, company calls TurboPlay, a technology that enables "near-instant" playback of content for broadband users, and includes MP3 and DVD playback support as well as access to 1700 radio stations.

A free version of the RealOne Player version 2 is currently available for download at

The souped up version, RealOne Player Plus version 2, with advanced CD burning options, access to more than 3,200 radio stations and additional audio and video controls, costs a one-time fee of US$29.95, however, and can also be downloaded at

The premium version also serves as the foundation of Real's line of subscription services, such as RealOne SuperPass and RealOne RadioPass.

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