Apple and RealNetworks Alliance?

The New York Times reports on efforts by RealNetworks to partner with Apple.

According to the newspaper, an offer was made from RealNetwork's Rob Glaser to Steve Jobs to consider licensing Fairplay -- Apple's Digital Rights Management system -- to RealNetworks to allow compatibility of RealNetwork's music store with the Apple iPod. In exchange, RealNetworks would reportedly make the iPod the primary MP3 player for their music service.

Glaser is reportedly meeting with Apple this week, and is considering WMA as their other alternative if Apple does not accept the offer.