RealNetworks made a direct appeal last week to Apple Computer, its Internet music rival, suggesting that the two companies to create a "tactical alliance" to form a common front against Microsoft in the digital music business.
But if an alliance with Apple could not be struck, Real might be forced to form a partnership with Microsoft.
"Why is Steve afraid of opening up the iPod?" asked CEO Rob Glaser.
RealNetworks Seeks a Musical Alliance With Apple (or Else!)