RealNetworks has introduced a beta version of its new RealPlayer X11 software for the Mac, and launched the application for Windows after a five-month public beta period.

The new software lets users transfer downloaded video content to Apple's iPods for the first time, meaning iPod owners can carry content encoded in Real video formates on their mobile devices for the first time.

"A beta version of the new RealPlayer for Mac users is now available and allows the downloading of non-DRM protected web videos from thousands of sites for playback online or offline," said senior vice president of media software and services, Harold Zeitz.

Real will continue development of the new RealPlayer in the coming months, with plans to add video transfer support for the iPhone and iPod touch in early 2008.

Version 11 features an improved look and feel, a streamlined installation process and faster video playback. Support for the transfer of video to the iPod is available to those customers who upgrade to the $39.99 RealPlayer Plus application.

The new RealPlayer and the ability to download video for offline viewing is now localized for the following languages: French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Japanese, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese and English language variations.

The Mac beta is available now to US consumers and compatible with Mac OS X v10.4 and 10.5 and Firefox for the Mac and Safari.