RealNetworks has spun out the gold version of its new "universal" RealOne Player Version 2 that boasts enhanced CD burning features and faster playback.

A Mac version of the player will be available within six months according to the company.

The gold release comes just a month after Real unveiled the beta version of the version 2 player, which has been promoted as a niversal product due to its ability to play back audio and video content in over 50 different media types, including Windows Media and QuickTime MPEG 4.

The RealOne Player version 2 is the company's first consumer product to take advantage of its Helix Platform, which allows content providers to stream different media formats from a single server.

The newest version of the player also includes what the company calls TurboPlay, a technology that enables "near-instant" playback of content for broadband users, and includes MP3 and DVD playback support as well as access to 1,700 radio stations.

A free version of the RealOne Player version 2 is currently available for download at RealNetworks.

The souped up version, RealOne Player Plus version 2, with advanced CD burning options, access to more than 3,200 radio stations and additional audio and video controls, costs a one-time fee of US$29.95.