RealNetworks is finally launching Unifi, the online media storage and streaming service that it unveiled last December.
But to start it’s going to be available only in Germany, through Vodafone Germany. A U.S. launch is planned for sometime in the fall, when it will be sold directly to consumers and through phone companies.
Real began talking about Unifi last year and planned to launch the service in the first quarter, which would have put it ahead of “cloud locker” services recently announced by Apple, Amazon.com and Google.
“Real’s direct-to-consumer product was delayed by one quarter in order to ensure a successful launch with Vodafone,” Real spokeswoman Barbara Krause said via email.
Unifi creates a “single, unified catalog” of users’ digital media and consolidates it online, so it’s accessible from PCs and connected devices such as smartphones. It also has Android and iPhone applications for automatically saving photos to Unifi, streaming music from an iTunes library to an Android device and sharing photos with Facebook.
Vodafone Germany is selling tiers of Unifi service and different storage capacities. A plan with 10 gigabytes of storage costs 2.99 Euros per month, a 30 gig plan costs 4.99 Euros and a 70 gig plan costs 9.99 Euros.
It works with Windows, Macs, iOS and Android. BlackBerry service is coming this summer, the release said.
Here are a few screenshots — in German — with pictures taken near Real’s headquarters by the downtown Seattle waterfront.
The PC homescreen:
Unifi on Android:
Photos on the PC console:
Mapping of photos stored with Unifi:
The Unifi media player when minimized on the PC: