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December 2, 2010 at 3:48 PM

RealNetworks resurfacing with new media service

A new cloud service for managing media will be unveiled by RealNetworks at a tech conference next week, the company’s first major new consumer product in years, according to a CNET report.

Real Chief Executive Bob Kimball gave CNET a few hints about the service, which is to l be demonstrated at the Dive Into Mobile conference that begins Monday in San Francisco.

CNET’s report said the “as-yet unnamed” service includes client software for computers and mobile devices “that will watch for new content they store on them; and a Web service that can collect that media and stream or load it to any of the devices the consumer owns.”

It sounds like a personal cloud media library/storage service that will work with different software platforms and theoretically make it easier to access your collection of music, videos and photos from different devices. It also sounds like a cousin of Microsoft’s “three screens and a cloud” approach to digital media services.

Kimball told CNET the service won’t be a huge boost for Real’s business, since consumer sales are just small fraction of its sales nowadays, but it could introduce Real to some new users.

Comments | Topics: bob kimball, D Mobile, RealNetworks

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