Saturday, April 23, 2005

RealNetworks to Acquire

RealNetworks to Acquire

RealNetworks, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire, Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $36 million (wow!). With this acquisition, RealNetworks will own two Internet subscription content services, the RealOne SuperPass, which offers news, sports, and entertainment programming, and the RHAPSODY music service.'s RHAPSODY subscription service, music and artist information, and radio service will be important assets in building the music offerings of RealNetworks' RealOne subscription service. In addition,'s distribution arrangements and technology partnerships with broadband cable and DSL providers, online music sites, computer manufacturers and consumer electronics companies will enhance the reach of RealNetworks' subscription offerings. has distribution agreements with a network of more than 15 companies, including Time Warner Cable's Road Runner high-speed ISP, Charter Communications, Verizon Online, Sprint, Cablevision Systems Corporation's Optimum Online, Gateway, Lycos, RCN Corporation, and Sony's Musiclub.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Skypecasting - P2P File Sharing

Crossposted from Slashdot

shashark writes "Technologically savvy users are merging these technologies to "Skypecast", using Skype's service to distribute recordings across the internet for free. This allows expert users to run their own mini-radio stations, which can be accessed by any Skype user. Skype does not actively support these uses, but encourages its users to find new applications for their service. Other possibilities discussed by Skypecasters at Unbound Spiral or Moodle are to turn an MP3 player into a radio station for any of Skype's 29 million registered users to dial up using their Skype line. Instructions also are available on how to record a personal soap opera and use Skype to distribute it en masse. Even more ominously, some Skypecasters record Skype calls and post them on the Internet."