June 1, 2007

RealPlayer to Let Users Save YouTube Videos

RealNetworks said on Thursday the newest version of its digital music player would allow users to save Internet video - like those found on YouTube - for viewing at a later time.

The digital media company, whose free software is one of the most popular applications for listening to audio and watching video on the Web, will let consumers grab the clips and also store them on DVDs starting in June.

The software arrives as the market heats up for systems that let enthusiasts take video from the Internet and view it home televisions, phones, or pocket sized digital devices like Apple Inc.'s iPod.

For example, on Wednesday, Apple said it will put Google Inc.'s YouTube catalog on television through its Apple TV set-top box.

With RealPlayer, a "download this video" button will hover next to video seen on thousands of Web sites, RealNetworks said. Consumers can download multiple videos simultaneously, including videos in the Flash, Windows Media, and Quicktime formats.\

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