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AOL Turning Sour on RealNetworks?: RealNetworks has always had a close relationship with AOL, more as a result of being Microsoft adversarie…

AOL Turning Sour on RealNetworks?: RealNetworks has always had a close relationship with AOL, more as a result of being Microsoft adversaries than anything else. AOL’s is now perceiving the RealOne service as a threat to its own service, and is quietly developing its own music player using a set of audio and video standards. According to the story, “AOL has much bigger ambitions for the project, such as replacing Real’s technology with its own in future versions of AOL’s software and using its heft to undercut Real’s deals with content providers. There is even speculation that AOL plans to use these standards to make its prodigious music, movie, and video libraries off-limits to anyone not using the player.”

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