More than 96% of Music Fans Say in New Survey That the Digital Music They Purchase Should Play on Any Device; Top Tracks to Remain 49 Cents
RealNetworks, Inc. announced today that music fans purchased more than 3 million songs during the three-week promotion celebrating the company’s new Harmony Technology, and said it would continue to offer some of the most popular downloadable tunes for just 49 cents per song.
“Music fans who want choice are turning to Real,” said Rob Glaser, CEO and founder of RealNetworks. “We are the only place consumers can buy music and enjoy it on any popular portable device, we offer the best price on the Top Ten, and we provide the most compelling subscription music service, Rhapsody.”
Rolling Stone Top 10
RealNetworks and RollingStone.com also announced a new weekly top 10 list, the “Rolling Stone Top 10.” Each week, the Rolling Stone and Rhapsody editorial teams will compile the list, which will offer consumers ten of today’s most popular and noteworthy songs for 49 cents each. The Rolling Stone Top 10 list will be based on a combination of Rolling Stone hot lists, the most popular songs played each week on the Rhapsody subscription service and the top downloads at the RealPlayer Music Store.
Like each of the more than 640,000 songs available through the RealPlayer Music Store, the Rolling Stone Top 10 is available in high quality 192 kbps RealAudio 10 with AAC. Music purchased from the RealPlayer Music Store is the only DRM-protected digital music available that can be played on all popular portable devices, including all Windows Media DRM-enabled devices, all Apple iPods and all Helix DRM-enabled mobile devices.
The inaugural Rolling Stone Top 10 list unveiled today includes:
Triple Trouble, Beastie Boys
Turn Me On, Kevin Lytle
Off With Your Head, Sleater-Kinney
Let Me In, Young Buck
My Place, Nelly
She Will be Loved, Maroon 5
Float On, Modest Mouse
You Don’t Know Me, Ray Charles
The Revolution Starts Now, Steve Earle
Date With the Night (live), Yeah Yeah Yeahs
James Valentine of Platinum artist, Maroon 5, said, “It’s exciting for us to have been involved with the beginning of this new age of digital downloads. It’s a new era. It’s getting easier to obtain music legally and cheaply online, and people are starting to catch on. I’m really glad that people are figuring this stuff out and that broad compatibility is starting to happen. Pretty much all of the new music I buy now is from online stores, and I’m not the only one.”
Consumers Believe that Compatibility is Important
Results from a nationwide survey conducted by Global Market Insite(GMI)*, which was commissioned by RealNetworks, support the Company’s focus on compatibility.
According to the study, performed by GMI:
More than 96% of portable digital music player owners say they should be able to transfer music they purchase online to any portable device.
More than two-thirds (66%) say they will only shop with online music services that offer wide compatibility.
When asked to rank which stores offer the widest compatibility, consumers ranked the RealPlayer Music Store number one, ahead of Apple’s iTunes Music Store.