Real Networks is launching a new beta version of its RealPlayer SP for the Mac.

That’s an early present for Mac fans, who have the option of attending the Steve Jobs-less Macworld in San Francisco this week.

The new version lets the Mac version catch up to features launched for the PC last year. The new downloadable media player lets people easily take videos from their Mac and put them on devices such as the Apple iPod, game systems, and mobile phones. It also lets them share media with friends on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.

It works with Safari and iTunes. Jeff Chasen, vice president of video product development at the Seattle-based company, said that the Real Player SP for the Mac is the easiest way to download, convert and share video without worrying about whether you have a compatible file format. You also don’t have to worry about conversion sizes; technically, it just works.

“It hides the complexity of the formats from the users,” Chasen said.

With it, you can transfer videos directly to nearly any device, including Android phones, BlackBerry smartphones, Nokia S60 phones, the Palm Pre, iPhone, iPod, Xbox 360, and other devices that support video formats such as H.264, 3GP, MP3, and AAC. The PC version has been downloaded 100 million times since its beta launch last year. The RealPlayer SP is free, but a paid version with more features is $39.95.

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