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RealPlayer Usage Soars

An increase in Internet audio and video content has propelled usage of RealNetworks' RealPlayer over the 50 million user mark, the company said Wednesday

Research firm Media Metrix also reported RealPlayer had the largest growth of any desktop application in 1998. Its user base increased by more than 30 million registered users since December 1997.

The extensive rise in users was fueled by the advent of RealPlayer G2, as well as RealChannels, the company said. Usage of RealChannels soared by more than 500 percent in 1998. RealChannels provide consumers with access to programming from media companies such as ABC, CNN, ESPN, and the Wall Street Journal, and are built into RealPlayer G2. InternetNews.com's daily radio broadcast is also a featured channel on the G2 player.

"With more than 50 million registered users, RealPlayer has become nearly ubiquitous," said Rob Glaser, chairman and CEO, RealNetworks, Inc.

"Coupling this phenomenal reach with the explosion in actual usage demonstrates the success of both RealNetworks technology and the richness of media programming which can be accessed using the RealPlayer."

RealNetworks has an estimated 85 percent share of the streaming media market, ahead of Microsoft Corp.'s NetShow platform.