Musicmatch Gets Help From Intel; RealNetworks Gets Bumped

Some controversy in the PC-bundling deals. I’m not sure it would necessarily mean much for any of the players involved….Anyway, Musicmatch has announced that Intel would include the company’s music software with future desktop motherboards sold to boutique PC makers, bumping Realnetworks’s RealPlayer.

Musicmatch claimed the non-exclusive deal would mean as many as 20 million new PCs would ship with its Jukebox software, which links to the company’s download music service.

Musicmatch currently ships in PCs from Dell, Gateway and Hewlett-Packard. The latter, however, recently announced its switching to Apple Computer’s iTunes.