is set to kick off a high-profile digital music marketing campaign, highlighting the new iPod-compatible technology that has swung the company into conflict with Apple Computer. For a limited time, RealNetworks will offer song downloads from its music store for 49 cents, along with half-price albums. The campaign is the second wave of publicity around the company's Harmony
technology, which effectively recreated a version of Apple's proprietary copy-protection technology without Apple's permission. That has allowed RealNetworks to be the first non-Apple store that can distribute songs directly compatible with the iPod music player, despite strong protests
from Apple itself.
Following an overwhelming amount of negative comments about RealNetworks, the company has removed the link
to the petition from its "Freedom of Music Choice" Web site.
RealNetworks has now posted a new, reworded petition
that doesn't allow for comments.