NYT: Real Networks Seeks Alliance with Apple

I have a strong dislike for Real Networks, and given Steve Jobs’s prior aversions to similar displays of gross business jockeying — Glaser is practically trying to strong-arm Apple into a partnership — I would highly doubt that this deal ever becomes reality. Which is a shame, because I actually think it would be a smart move for both parties. Hopefully such a deal would also include assurances from Real Networks that it would bring its RealPlayer software up to speed after languishing for so long.