Microsoft has settled RealNetworks' antitrust suit against it, in which Real alleged MS had made it difficult for Windows users to install competing media players. The settlement is pretty huge for Real: it will get $460 million in cash (keep in mind its revenues in 2004 were $266.7 million), as well as $301 million in support for its music and games stores, and a number of partnerships and promotional deals with Microsoft. The cash speaks for itself, but does little to answer claims that Real was as much to blame for its own plight as was anything Microsoft did. The motivation for the partnerships seems two-fold: first, an attempt to wrest power away from Apple in the digital music market, and second, an attempt on Real's part to maintain its relevance by getting its name on some relatively popular properties like MSN Messenger and MSN Search.
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