In the increasingly desperate scramble to keep ahead of Microsoft's Windows Media Player, RealNetworks has added CD creation capabilities to its latest version of RealJukebox. The update also features built-in support for Iomega's storage devices.
The RealJukebox Update 1 media player has integrated Adaptec's popular Easy CD Creator software. This allows users to create customised CDs using a CD-R or CD-RW drive. The feature gives Real a slight edge over its main competitor, although Microsoft is likely to quickly announce similar updates to its rival software.
Also new to RealJukebox Update 1 is the integrated support for Iomega's Zip, Jaz and Clik! storage drives. This includes a drag-and-drop interface for transferring music files to Iomega media. Another boost: As part of the deal with Iomega, the company will distribute Real's player with all Iomega's drives and every pack of Zip, Jaz and Clik! disks.
RealJukebox Update 1 is available for download from the RealNetworks site for $29.99 (about £19).