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The ability to turn the PC into a home entertainment center has taken a big step with the introduction of RealNetworks' Personal Entertainment Center software.

Dave Richards, vice president, consumer products, gave Broadcasting & Cable a sneak peek last week.

Says Richards, "It allows you to play, record or burn your CDs; discover the broadest range of Internet media; organize it all; and then take it on the go because you aren't tethered to the PC."

The center is available as a package or as individual components: RealPlayer version 8, RealJukebox and RealDownload. All are available without charge at you want the bells-and-whistles versions. The fully loaded versions are available for $29.99 each, $49.95 for all three.