RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.13

2.2 out of 5 stars 2.2 (1180 votes)

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Windows 7/8/Server 2003/Vista/XP / Freeware / 367,185 downloads

Watch your videos on your TV without connecting your computer. Access RealPlayer Cloud on your Roku or with Chomecast and see your videos on the big screen - no wires required. Share videos of any length with family or friends without having to put it on Facebook or YouTube. Your friends don't even have to create an account or download an app to watch your shared video. Move your videos easily between your computer and your smartphone or tablet. They are always correctly formatted for the device. You can even download videos to the device for offline use.

Mobile devices now support RealPlayer Cloud. Move, share, and instantly watch videos on smartphones and tablets with any of these apps.

Reviews of RealPlayer Cloud

  1. 1 out of 5 stars
    FrostyZ

    Reviewing 17.0.12 (Aug 8, 2014)

    Terrible. Wow. How... and WHY did it get released?

  2. 1 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 17.0.10 (May 30, 2014)

    All these years later since the start if Realplayer. I really have only one question. Whose the blond?

  3. 1 out of 5 stars
    BANDIT-

    Reviewing 17.0.6.13 (Feb 20, 2014)

    I don't use this App, But I've dabbled with it in the past.
    It attempts to (Kind of) "Dominate/Take-over" your system..!!
    @NOOBS could get in a real Tangle trying to Install this.
    Be on the LookOut for Bogeys.. (~_^) ....... Naaaaahh .. 0*

  4. 2 out of 5 stars
    CyberDoc999

    Reviewing 17.0.4.61 (Jan 2, 2014)

    Bloated

  5. 1 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 16.0.3.51 (Nov 21, 2013)

    Time to say its jumped the shark. Download feature no longer works in Youtube. Other players around with less bs to worry about than this. Time to put this baby to rest.

  6. 4 out of 5 stars
    alanejewel

    Reviewing 15.0.2 (Jan 5, 2013)

    I'm a fan of the latest versions of RealPlayer, I use it for all my media needs. Ive been using it for the last year and download, convert and save all my videos with RP, its pretty universal, plus cs is very helpful when I need some troubleshooting.

  7. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 15.0.2 (Sep 16, 2012)

    Still the best. Bar none

  8. 1 out of 5 stars
    armpit

    Reviewing 15.0.2 (Apr 24, 2012)

    Really? Version 15? What's new? More malware? More spying? 0/5

  9. 1 out of 5 stars
    Uriel

    Reviewing 15.0.2 (Feb 7, 2012)

    Nothing is free. You pay with your identity. It's laced with advertisements. It's a major cookie dropper. They only support codec files used in their web store. They won't allow you to do any p2p file sharing with this so it is pretty much restrictive to what it can do.

  10. 2 out of 5 stars
    Zoroaster

    Reviewing 14.0.7 (Oct 6, 2011)

    It could be worse, like shareware, trialware for instance.

  11. 2 out of 5 stars
    Bala7

    Reviewing 14.0.7 (Oct 5, 2011)

    It has improved a little over the past couple of years as long as you get the UK installer NOT the USA installer. UK has better privacy rules therefore less adware than the US version. UK installer is a bit smaller also.

  12. 1 out of 5 stars
    armpit

    Reviewing 14.0.6.666 (Oct 5, 2011)

    Still the worst player EVER. Cool interface? Ha! More like candy coating a turd if you are into that.

    Such a piece of crap, it requires adobe flash for mp4 and h.264 videos. No FLAC audio, MKV, or OGG support. No external subtitle support of any kind without installing additional software.

    Do yourself a favor and get The KMPlayer, Daum´s PotPlayer, VLC or Media Player Classic Home Cinema. Any of those are WAY more capable to PLAY all your video and audio files with strong support for .srt external subtitles, all of them are a lot lighter than RealCrap player and don´t spy on you or constantly show you ads.

    Not even the BBC uses it anymore: "The streaming service provided in RealMedia format has been with us at the BBC since 1996. At the time it was the best option available, but more recently alternative methods of delivery have become just as important. These include Windows Media and Flash.

    When evaluating services with our public value tests, which includes the costs of the services, we came to the decision that RealMedia was something we needed to phase out."

  13. 5 out of 5 stars
    rebeccahart

    Reviewing 14.0.5.660 (Aug 16, 2011)

    This software has a cool interface.

  14. 1 out of 5 stars
    armpit

    Reviewing 14.0.5.660 (Jul 28, 2011)

    Still the worst player EVER.

    Such a piece of crap, it requires adobe flash player for mp4 and h.264 videos. No FLAC audio, MKV, or OGG support. No external subtitle support of any kind without installing additional software.

    Do yourself a favor and get The KMPlayer, Daum´s PotPlayer, VLC or Media Player Classic Home Cinema. Any of those are WAY more capable to PLAY all your video and audio files with strong support for .srt external subtitles, all of them are a lot lighter than RealCrap player and don´t spy on you or constantly show you ads.

    Not even the BBC uses it anymore: "The streaming service provided in RealMedia format has been with us at the BBC since 1996. At the time it was the best option available, but more recently alternative methods of delivery have become just as important. These include Windows Media and Flash.

    When evaluating services with our public value tests, which includes the costs of the services, we came to the decision that RealMedia was something we needed to phase out."

  15. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 14.0.2.633 (May 16, 2011)

    Still the best

  16. 1 out of 5 stars
    armpit

    Reviewing 14.0.2.633 (Apr 16, 2011)

    Such a piece of crap, more than 100mb of installed files for a mediocre player? No internal h.264 decoder, uses flash player for such files. No FLAC audio, MKV, or OGG support. .SRT subtitles are not supported also without installing additional software.

    Do yourself a favor and get KMPlayer, Daum´s PotPlayer, VLC or Media Player Classic Home Cinema. Any of those are WAY more capable to PLAY all your video and audio files with strong support for .srt external subtitles, all of them are a lot lighter than realcrap player and don´t spy on you or constantly show you ads.

  17. 1 out of 5 stars
    shallot

    Reviewing 14.0.2.633 (Jan 28, 2011)

    One word.
    SPYWARE

    There are plenty of other good players...

    VLC, MP2

  18. 4 out of 5 stars
    Raysy

    Reviewing 14.0.1.609 (Jan 17, 2011)

    Has some good features, RealPlay is better than its bad reputation. And to my mind, iTunes is worse than its rep. But that's my personal opinion.

  19. 3 out of 5 stars
    trents

    Reviewing 11.1.3 Build 6.0.14.955 (Nov 25, 2010)

    HI,
    I like to used this player where RealPlayer for Windows 11.1.3 Build 6.0.14.955 The new RealPlayer gives you the ability to download them all to your personal video playlist.

  20. 3 out of 5 stars
    SnoBrdr

    Reviewing 1.1.4 Build 12.0.0.756 (Jun 24, 2010)

    Beware if you use Firefox 3.6.4.

    This will NO LONGER WORK with the new Firefox.

    This always seems to happen hen Firefox puts out a new update, it takes a while for Real to catch up.

  21. 5 out of 5 stars
    Zee333

    Reviewing 1.1.3 Build 12.0.0.658 (Mar 31, 2010)

    RealPlayer SP has improved so drasticly compared to the older versions, its light on resources, doesn't install any spyware or adware plus it has so many great features and doesn't overtake file types without your permission.

    highly recommended

  22. 1 out of 5 stars
    Gus_Valentine

    Reviewing 1.1 Build 12.0.0.591 (Feb 19, 2010)

    According to their blog, SP 1.1 adds video trimming...
    http://realnetworksblog.com/

  23. 4 out of 5 stars
    dapxin

    Reviewing 1.0.5 (Jan 21, 2010)

    I listen to a lot of livestreams, especially the BBC radio five live.

    They broadcast on .asx(wmp) and .ram streams but I always use the .ram streams using RealPlayer.

    With the right speakers, the sound quality even at 64kpbs is immensely better.

    Its a decent application that does what it promises. period. The only reason it wont get my 5 stars, is you 'd still expected to pay some $$$ to get its full features.

    Otherwise. functional stuff.

  24. 4 out of 5 stars
    cyberia

    Reviewing 1.0.5 (Nov 30, 2009)

    Let's see: Not bloated, but it gives you the ability to download .flv from sites such as Youtube, save them, and view them.

    Four!

  25. 1 out of 5 stars
    nilst2006

    Reviewing 1.0.2 Build 12.0.0.319 (Nov 4, 2009)

    Crap ! Spyware s-it !

  26. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 1.0 Build 12.0.0.301 (Oct 25, 2009)

    By far the best video player on the market. Bar none.

  27. 1 out of 5 stars
    CyberDoc999

    Reviewing 1.0 Build 12.0.0.301 (Oct 6, 2009)

    no one uses this crap anymore...... RIP

  28. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 1.0 Build 12.0.0.297 (Sep 1, 2009)

    Still the best. For people who give this a bad review (and of course have not installed and tried this) stop it. To think that quicktime or WMP is remotely better is total bs.

  29. 1 out of 5 stars
    catchpole

    Reviewing 1.0 Build 12.0.0.297 (Aug 27, 2009)

    no good.

  30. 1 out of 5 stars
    netean

    Reviewing 1.0 Build 12.0.0.297 (Aug 27, 2009)

    how the mighty fall. Real player was once the dominant media player for live content, but their stealth spyware downloads, their bloated apps and the sheer arrogance of the company had led to their demise. I'm truly suprised they're still going.
    This player is.... poor. there are a lot of better free alternatives around - a lot!.

    This is another example of how greed and the ability to annoy your customer base and then ignore their wishes leads to the your demise.

    The soon real player and real network die the better.

  31. 1 out of 5 stars
    Galifray

    Reviewing 1.0 Build 12.0.0.297 (Aug 26, 2009)

    Wow, you've got to love a program that cannot play it's own content once installed. Okay, it could play the content AFTER I downloaded yet more codecs for it to use. That's ridiculous though, the default install should have been able to play realmedia WITHOUT need to installed more bits.

  32. 1 out of 5 stars
    Gus_Valentine

    Reviewing 1.0 Build 12.0.0.297 (Aug 26, 2009)

    Yet another new skin for RealPlayer 6.0; I feel sorry for websites that ar still stuck in a contract with Real. At least the BBC is now switching to AAC in Flash for most of their streams.

  33. 5 out of 5 stars
    superman2k6

    Reviewing 11.1.3 Build 6.0.14.955 (Jul 1, 2009)

    Such a huge, major improvement from previous versions, i understand why this has a bad name but you should try the latest version, its majorly improved, light in resorces and no adware, spyware or any of that junk included

  34. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 11.1.2 Build 6.0.14.954 (Jun 14, 2009)

    Still the best....

  35. 5 out of 5 stars
    niknetpc

    Reviewing 11.1.1 Build 6.0.14.944 (May 5, 2009)

    Outstanding media player with perfect sound quality ! Much better than WMP or Jet Audio Pro if you have good sound card. Also ability to record any audio/video stream from web or flash video, do not need separate programs. For people who low rate.. simply change your 10 bucks plastic speakers and everything to be right.

  36. 1 out of 5 stars
    oomingmak

    Reviewing 11.1.1 Build 6.0.14.944 (May 5, 2009)

    Both the Real Media file format and the player are utter garbage.

    Like other reviewers have already said; I'm astonished that this piece of junk is still around.

  37. 4 out of 5 stars
    Zankur

    Reviewing 11.1.1 Build 6.0.14.944 (May 5, 2009)

    I have never come to understand the pig-headed reviews by some people here....
    with out even using the current version how can you rate it? i have used real-player many-a-times and i found no malware or spyware on it.....wonder what you guys are talking about?
    also,if u sissies don't know how to disable the message center,atleast ask somebody.....
    this is a decent software with no adware and related stuff..

  38. 1 out of 5 stars
    nvic

    Reviewing 11.1 Build 6.0.14.895 (Mar 19, 2009)

    You don't know how many systems i take this garbage off of.

    What's even funnier is that new Dell systems come with this malware pre-installed...Not sure about HP/Acer/Compaq/Toshiba/Gateway/eMachines and such, but i wouldn't be surprised if it did. I think this junk might even be below the class that AOL is in...

  39. 1 out of 5 stars
    kholdstare

    Reviewing 11.1 Build 6.0.14.895 (Mar 19, 2009)

    is this still around LOL. come on real just let it die

  40. 1 out of 5 stars
    Dreimanis

    Reviewing 11.0.8 Build 6.0.14.891 (Mar 2, 2009)

    Does any one ever use this? I mean with free will and all?

  41. 1 out of 5 stars
    KuHGl

    Reviewing 11.0.7a Build 6.0.14.881 (Feb 16, 2009)

    Interesting, that this 'company' is still nervy enough to advertise for this collection of malware which they masked as media player.
    And... freeware? Is there really anybody out there who needs a program on his/her system which spies them systematically as well as permanently out, 'delivers' them advertisements and - of course - more crap of this 'quality' (?) until the operating system dies?
    I wished freeware sites created a new category called 'free junk' or similar... you guess, which 'software' I would suggest first to be transferred into this category...?

  42. 1 out of 5 stars
    belthurgp

    Reviewing 11.0.7a Build 6.0.14.881 (Feb 13, 2009)

    Adware,Malware, Threatware, dangerware and all other *wares...

    worst possible piece of junk software....

    Once you install, there's no way to get this thing out. Needs a reformat and reinstall of Windows....

  43. 1 out of 5 stars
    slinkys_delsol

    Reviewing 11.0.0.544 (Feb 1, 2009)

    It had it's time, but this software / format still exist why??? I know they still use it alot over in the UK, but get withe times... FLASH BASED!!!

  44. 1 out of 5 stars
    frankwick

    Reviewing 11.0.0.544 (Feb 1, 2009)

    I had no idea this product still existed. I gave up on this piece of junk of when they released the RealOne player and it was loaded with bugs and adware. There is a case study in how to ruin your business.

  45. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 11.0.0.544 (Jan 31, 2009)

    wow I thought they died with AOL

  46. 1 out of 5 stars
    Betachecker

    Reviewing 11.0.0.544 (Jan 31, 2009)

    I am living without it

  47. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 11.0.0.544 (Jan 31, 2009)

    Still the best.

  48. 1 out of 5 stars
    Nighted

    Reviewing 11.0.0.544 (Jan 30, 2009)

    lol
    I can't even remember the last time I had the misfortune of encountering media encoded using this format.

  49. 1 out of 5 stars
    Zoroaster

    Reviewing 11.0.0.544 (Jan 30, 2009)

    It still exists?
    Bloated, sneaky, dreadful sound quality.

  50. 1 out of 5 stars
    PagingDrLeoMarvin

    Reviewing 11.0 (Nov 11, 2008)

    I don't like it. I much prefer their approach with their Helix player, instead.

  51. 1 out of 5 stars
    PagingDrLeoMarvin

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 11, 2008)

    I don't like it

  52. 1 out of 5 stars
    Ama3rd

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 7, 2008)

    A rating of 2.2 is to good for this.

  53. 1 out of 5 stars
    DJGM

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 7, 2008)

    If this is about RealPlayer 11, why the screengrab of v10.x ?

  54. 1 out of 5 stars
    mmoak

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 7, 2008)

    Terrible. Bloaty, phones home without permission. Slow. Why is this thing still around?

  55. 5 out of 5 stars
    blahman2005

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 7, 2008)

    Outstanding. These people basically designed the internets digital media content expression.

  56. 1 out of 5 stars
    brusco

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 7, 2008)

    Disgraceful piece of trash. It keeps trying to contact Real Networks servers to send back info about me (nowhere does it tell me exactly what).
    I can see this by running on the windows command line netstat.exe

    It crashes every time I shut it down. It adds crapware to my list of Start up apps whether configure it to or not. (see this by running msconfig.exe then going to the Start up tab)

    It keeps trying to sell me "services" when all I want to do is view my files.

    This is garbage-ware of the highest order. Avoid. Use the program "Real Alternative" instead. (google it)

  57. 1 out of 5 stars
    armpit

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 6, 2008)

    Horrible piece of software.

  58. 3 out of 5 stars
    Esquire

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 6, 2008)

    version 11.0.0.477?

    My current RealPlayer reports that it's version 11.0.5, so which is newer?

  59. 1 out of 5 stars
    echohead

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 6, 2008)

    BUFFERING

  60. 4 out of 5 stars
    DakotaSunRunner

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 6, 2008)

    Excellent product, have used it for year with little or no problems. I like real player as well as a few others. For FREE it is excellent and well worth having. Nothing on internet is perfect so I give this a 4..

  61. 1 out of 5 stars
    kindbud1

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 6, 2008)

    Total POS.

  62. 1 out of 5 stars
    Aegis69

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 6, 2008)

    I can't believe this thing is rating over 2..

    Funny how they want US$39.99 One-time fee for getting the miracle the must be Real Player Plus

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

  63. 1 out of 5 stars
    bouncyboingy

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 6, 2008)

    This really is one of the last things you want on a system.
    A neat product seven+ years ago etc.. , but now just a bloated pile of crap

  64. 1 out of 5 stars
    catchpole

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 6, 2008)

    "Now also includes an option during setup to install the Real Toolbar for Internet Explorer."

    great...

  65. 1 out of 5 stars
    madmike

    Reviewing 11.0.0.477 (Nov 6, 2008)

    LOL what a waste of time and effort.. hideous

  66. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 11.0.0.468 (Oct 2, 2008)

    Still the best.

  67. 1 out of 5 stars
    y0himba

    Reviewing 11.0.0.453 (Jul 8, 2008)

    wait, people still use this bloated, ad infected, spyware? Wow. Next you will be telling me that Norton still makes good antivirus products.

  68. 1 out of 5 stars
    halc

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (May 6, 2008)

    Complete and utter piece of c*rap.

    1. Buggy
    2. Slow
    3. Lots of pushware
    4. Lots of trackware (you have to opt-out in 4 different settings AND put real-servers in your hosts file to diver the rest)
    5. The minimum skin is HUGE. No way to resize. No way to skin (not even in the paid version!)

    The only reason to use it, is that Real Alternative doesn't work very well with forwarding .ram -streams.

    Otherwise it's completely and utterly useless.

    Wish Real would just go bankrupt and die. The world would be much better a place without their 'software'.

  69. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (May 6, 2008)

    Still the best.

  70. 1 out of 5 stars
    KuHGl

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 22, 2008)

    Years ago, when I had no idea about spam, ad-/spy-/malware I installed this piece of sh.. on my PC. In the end I had to re-install Windows to get rid of the numerous pieces of crap installed together with or by using the backdoors of the r**l(sick!)player. And although there are alternative players one should occasionally reflect about the possible reasons for websites using these codecs in the (sick!) hope the consumers use this client to watch/listen to it..., and ask them to use reasonable codecs which are made for and used by reasonable software!
    Altogether: There is no real need to use this piece of software and as long as you are no masochist or something similar you should avoid using it. The bare time to download it (let it be some seconds, or even less...) is completely wasted. It's a pity that there is no possibility for negative Ratings...

  71. 1 out of 5 stars
    Crispy777

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 19, 2008)

    Oh hai! Just dropped in to say my butt still hurts RealMedia!

    I would never download anything from this comapny unless I get sent some flowers and chocolate and a handwritten apology for bloating my computer a few years ago.

  72. 1 out of 5 stars
    ZenoLabs

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 18, 2008)

    Bloat+ads+obsolete.

  73. 4 out of 5 stars
    hfaerden

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 18, 2008)

    Now it is about time to stop all complaints about the sins of the past when we talk about Real Player. I used it in the 90's, stopped when it started to "eat my machine for breakfast". But with 11 I am back again, and more happy than ever. Especially with the Download Video function. The only reason I do not give 5 is because it still is a little to messy with ads. But no big problem. You can just turn them off.

  74. 1 out of 5 stars
    outofspace

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 18, 2008)

    Mega Bloadware Mega Spam Making Tool.

  75. 1 out of 5 stars
    Banquo

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 17, 2008)

    Nothing else to say.

  76. 1 out of 5 stars
    armpit

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 17, 2008)

    Is this piece of crap still being developed? god, stop it already.

  77. 1 out of 5 stars
    mikeyx11

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 17, 2008)

    Ugh. Go away already. Nobody wants you.

  78. 1 out of 5 stars
    white lightning

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 17, 2008)

    Obviuosly the worst ever .
    Spam, Spam, Spam .

  79. 1 out of 5 stars
    EarlyMorningHours

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 17, 2008)

    You mean people still download and use this? Now that more and more OEMs are whittling down on the crapware or, in some cases, eliminating it completely, I think that the days are numbered for sorry excuses like this.

  80. 1 out of 5 stars
    madmike

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 17, 2008)

    still as awful as ever..

  81. 1 out of 5 stars
    ninjeratu

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 17, 2008)

    Haven't *buffering* tried this *buffering* in *buffering* ages, so I thought I'd *buffering* do that.

    Yes. It's still invasive and takes over settings and codecs. Yes. It's still almost impossible to get rid of completely. Yes. Almost all the stuff you find in free alternatives are there .. if you pay them money. It feels like some adware for itself.
    The spyware is almost completely gone, unless you allow it to send anonymous stats and such.
    The player is, and this is a subjective feeling, pretty pleasant to look at. The UI is nice, but nothing special. Not so sure about the choice of colours, but .. It's good enough.

    But, come on! Free players have for years been able to do a lot more than this player can. WIth less annoyances, less diskusage and even with skins to suit you. Without the need to "upgrade".
    Real, as formats, are deader than the dodo. Small, free codec packages will make almost any other player able to play the few RealMedia streams still out there, making this dinosaur obsolete and pointless.
    RealPlayer as an OEM player might have a few dozen customers, but other than that this is as dead a format and player as it can possible be.
    Try it for the novelty, but be warned that it's an obnoxious, invasive and annoying player.
    It's should just disappear into oblivion and not twitch in death throes in small version bumps just to annoy us. Go away Real. Please?

  82. 5 out of 5 stars
    DakotaSunRunner

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 17, 2008)

    I like real player and it matters little what anyone else thinks, everyone has a right to have on his or her computer what he/she wishes. There are allot of people who still use this software. So all you nay sayers, get a life...

  83. 1 out of 5 stars
    shroom

    Reviewing 11.0.0.446 (Apr 17, 2008)

    The best of the crap yeah ;)

  84. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 11.0.0.442 (Apr 4, 2008)

    Still the best.

  85. 1 out of 5 stars
    keir

    Reviewing 11.0.0.442 (Mar 31, 2008)

    warm_rain_on_cool_grasses, use RealAlternative instead.

  86. 1 out of 5 stars
    warm_rain_on_cool_grasses

    Reviewing 11.0.0.442 (Mar 31, 2008)

    The only reason I still have RealPlayer at all is to listen to the BBC. If I didn't have to use it for that I wouldn't have it at all.

  87. 1 out of 5 stars
    frodo888

    Reviewing 11.0.0.442 (Mar 28, 2008)

    I hate this player in the past and in the present. If I could avoid this kind of media I did it. Fortunately today is really no need anymore to install this spy/bloat/cripple-ware. I hope they will vanish more soon or later...

  88. 1 out of 5 stars
    Skyfrog

    Reviewing 11.0.0.442 (Mar 28, 2008)

    This was a horrible format and player even in the days of 56k dial-up when it was at least relevant. Who uses this garbage these days? Aside from maybe a few sites that Real pays to use it I have not seen any. Just bury it already, RM is dead. Next thing you'll be telling me that WinZip is still around. :P

  89. 1 out of 5 stars
    Lawrence01

    Reviewing 11.0.0.442 (Mar 28, 2008)

    I make sure to never go anywhere that may depend on the .rm format. RM is bloatware and will be glad the day its dead.

  90. 1 out of 5 stars
    slinkys_delsol

    Reviewing 11.0.0.442 (Mar 28, 2008)

    Real Player had it's time, but it's time is over. Even if it was still relevant, a lot of BLOT to it.

    VERTigo Wrote: (Translated by BabelFish: http://babelfish.altavista.com/tr)

    "Without doubt one of the best programs of reproduction multimedia. He is something that can be recommended, so that we have to have left well... If you want to transform your equipment into a center multimedia uses products of REALNetworks, all the days describes something new, thought about everything."

  91. 1 out of 5 stars
    Banquo

    Reviewing 11.0.0.442 (Mar 28, 2008)

    The sooner this format dies the better.

  92. 4 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 11.0.0.442 (Mar 28, 2008)

    Use English please VERtigo, I have no idea what you said.

    This version really isn't that bad. Don't forget to configure it. It's not the same player your grandpa use to have.

  93. 1 out of 5 stars
    Project51

    Reviewing 11.0.0.442 (Mar 28, 2008)

    Sorry for being biased. I only use Real player to play rare real file. But honestly... I just like real to die. We have enough media format.

  94. 5 out of 5 stars
    VERtigo

    Reviewing 11.0.0.431 Beta (Feb 23, 2008)

    Sin lugar a dudas uno de los mejores programas de reproducción multimedia. Es algo que se puede recomendar, por que bien nos hara quedar...
    Si quieres transformar tu equipo en un centro multimedia usa los productos de REALNetworks, todos los dias descubris algo nuevo, pensaron en todo.

  95. 5 out of 5 stars
    Zee333

    Reviewing 11.0.0.431 Beta (Feb 2, 2008)

    i dont actually think people download this before reviewing it...
    where did that person get that crap from saying too many ads? there are no ads when i installed this on my PC :S
    maybe u already had ads on ur system before u installed this or u didn't even install this program before posting ur fake review
    anyway this has improved a lot
    i like the "download now" button for flash files and music and all sorts of media
    which means u can download stuff from myspace, youtube etc... with this program its great!

  96. 5 out of 5 stars
    jgra

    Reviewing 11.0.0.431 Beta (Jan 18, 2008)

    OMG I think Realplayer should just become opensource and donate its code to the community or give it all its information to Miro, Miro is about a couple of megabytes more but it allows you to do so much more including torrent downloads and who uses realplayer for listening to the radio or podcasts, I can't remember the last time I used realplayer to play an avi file. goodluck real your stubborn pride is leaving you in the dust

  97. 1 out of 5 stars
    pedigree

    Reviewing 11.0.0.431 Beta (Jan 17, 2008)

    Bloat, bloat and bloat. Tried very hard to take over your system but threading itself into everything it can.

    No thanks, wont even use Real Alternative because I hate Real so much

  98. 1 out of 5 stars
    white lightning

    Reviewing 11.0.0.431 Beta (Jan 16, 2008)

    One of the worst , no doubts .
    So many Ads are boring & absurd for a media player .
    KMPlayer can read .rm files...without Ads .

  99. 1 out of 5 stars
    DanielCarver

    Reviewing 11.0.0.431 Beta (Jan 16, 2008)

    every program rips audio cleanly, its digital time you know? EAC does it best.

  100. 4 out of 5 stars
    billweh

    Reviewing 11.0.0.431 Beta (Jan 16, 2008)

    I still like RP - it's got a nice interface and it rips audio cleanly. One beef I have with this current version is that their menu/tool bar across the top of the program is fixed at a certain size. So you can't make this a small window when using.

    If you could turn the bar off or have it stack or have it become a button menu (drop drown button list when I click on the arrow) - then it would be much more usable to me.

  101. 1 out of 5 stars
    Winkler

    Reviewing 11.0.0.431 Beta (Jan 16, 2008)

    betabettabest, you are jokin, right?

  102. 1 out of 5 stars
    tehmul

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.738 (Nov 15, 2007)

    No longer works with Windows 2000.

  103. 4 out of 5 stars
    betabettabest

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.738 (Nov 15, 2007)

    Most of yesterday's reasons for despising RealPlayer no longer hold. It's actually one of the less-offensive players as far as taking over your system.

    All media players have their plusses and minuses. If you have high-end audio in your computer, you will find RP's sound more 'crisp' than WMP and more 'solid' than Winamp. Unlike WMP (v 11 on Vista, anyway), RP does not disable DSP enhancements for all streams.

    Real Radio's jazz station (BlueNote) is by itself a good enough reason to stop bashing this player.

    Beware the video/flash downloader new feature in RP v11, though. It still doesn't work with IE, and crashes it on Vista. Some of this must be Adobe's fault, though; even with RP uninstalled or the RP plugin disabled, 'Flash.OCX' crashes IE far more than anything else.

  104. 4 out of 5 stars
    rseiler

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.738 (Nov 15, 2007)

    FYI: It's out of beta now.

    Not many sites require Real any longer, but I've never had a problem with v10.5 for those that do. Don't know about this one yet.

  105. 1 out of 5 stars
    ballyhairs

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.738 (Nov 15, 2007)

    Last time I had it installed on my pc was years and years ago, wonder why it still exist!!!!!!

  106. 1 out of 5 stars
    Winkler

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.738 (Nov 15, 2007)

    Realplayer getting worse and worse all the time.

  107. 4 out of 5 stars
    robertmc8

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 30, 2007)

    Thats why it's called beta what people don't know with this player you can record live music :) then after that you can burn it to cd hehe :)

  108. 4 out of 5 stars
    Defcon79

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 28, 2007)

    RealPlayer has improved a lot over the old days when it used to take over all your file exts and generally was a pain. That being said, the only reason I have this is because its the easiest way to download youtube and other web videos - I've tried out countless firefox extensions and scripts and this beats them all.

  109. 1 out of 5 stars
    mikeyx11

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 27, 2007)

    Absolute rubbish.

  110. 2 out of 5 stars
    smarterthanyou

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 27, 2007)

    Excellent software for downloading videos to your hard disk. Unfortunately, this only works if you have a high speed internet connection like Verizon FiOS which largely defeats the purpose. On slower internet connections like 768K DSL RealPlayer drops frames like crazy when downloading videos.

  111. 1 out of 5 stars
    armpit

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 26, 2007)

    There are better (non spyware) freeware alternatives.

  112. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 26, 2007)

    die with AOL

  113. 1 out of 5 stars
    white lightning

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 26, 2007)

    Advertising...advertising...advertsing...pop-ups !
    Boring , useless .

  114. 1 out of 5 stars
    belthurgp

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 26, 2007)

    this is trashware, spyware, adware all rolled into one beautiful package...ready to bite the novice naive enough to try it...

    stick with WMP / FooBar2000 and you don't need anything else.

  115. 1 out of 5 stars
    Das mod

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 26, 2007)

    completely agree with ninjeratu's post

  116. 1 out of 5 stars
    ninjeratu

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 26, 2007)

    FINALLY!
    Oh. Wait. Real Player.
    It's just a massive ad showcase for the not-so-free stuff you might want to make this a usable player (and all of it is free in almost any other player, free or otherwise, on the market). It's one obnoxious application that is almost completely impossible to get rid off when (not if, when) you want to uninstall it. It leaves registry changes and left-over files everywhere.
    The UI is sort of nice, but dated. Even WMP is better than this and that's saying a lot.
    I wonder why they even bother releasing betas or .. to be honest .. anything at all? They should just give up.

  117. 5 out of 5 stars
    castiglione

    Reviewing 11.0.0.183 Beta (Oct 26, 2007)

    Rating this a five because it's what I think this application deserves.

    This application is much better than the older versions of Real Player (RP 10 and below).

    There is only one thing that I wish for Real Player 11, and that is MKV support.

  118. 1 out of 5 stars
    improvelence

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 27, 2007)

    Putting a chick in a bikini on the screen doesn't change the fact that this is complete crap and only used by novices that don't know any better..

  119. 3 out of 5 stars
    Tao2005

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 22, 2007)

    I didn't like realplayer. Thought it was a piece of crap. You have to sit and wait while the splash and ad's got done playing. When I found JetAudio, I dumped realplayer. Cause it's Adware, I wouldn't recommend this.

  120. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 11, 2007)

    First of all, theres no friggen spyware with this. So stop the bs lies right there. I've had it for a day and fooled around with it. Its pretty good. I have a 3 ghz pc with 512 mem. with windows xp home and it runs quick and performs well. Better than the 10 series i had on my pc. Is it the player of the year, Probably not, but its a good alt. to wmp. Don't listen to the Microsoft bots on here. You want a good video player to fool around with, give this a shot.

  121. 1 out of 5 stars
    belthurgp

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 11, 2007)

    Need a new rating of 0...this deserves it.

    This is one crapware when installed makes a computer go crap. This screwed up my computer so bad that I had to almost re-install.

    If you want to know who's the grand daddy of all spyware...here it is.

  122. 1 out of 5 stars
    oomingmak

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 11, 2007)

    Avoid at all costs.

  123. 1 out of 5 stars
    Point Zero

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 11, 2007)

    Burglarware

  124. 3 out of 5 stars
    Darkman00

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 10, 2007)

    It says "Windows (All)"

    I tried it on ME (over 10.5 i think) - and it wouldn't install - says "Windows XP and up, etc" :)

  125. 1 out of 5 stars
    armpit

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 10, 2007)

    Real Player stinks. Stay away from it.

  126. 5 out of 5 stars
    UniversityofKentucky

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 10, 2007)

    No problem with the beta. Now if I were to rate the Helix Server, I'd question why it doesn't run well on W2K server, but no issues on W2K3. Anyhow, use this player, it's very good.

  127. 3 out of 5 stars
    ritubpant

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 10, 2007)

    There are other programs that are better than this!

  128. 5 out of 5 stars
    DakotaSunRunner

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 10, 2007)

    Excellent piece of software and works well. Have no had any problems with it at all. Best of all it is free. Do not listen to those here who write negative words about real player, this is very good software.

  129. 5 out of 5 stars
    castiglione

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 10, 2007)

    Ignoring the negative commenting of some of the more uninformed people, I have not had any real problem with Real Player 11.

    If you want to use it, go ahead. You don't have to listen to those people that mark this application as a 1. They don't really know what they're talking about. I use RP11 and it works wonderfully.

  130. 1 out of 5 stars
    CharlieGimbert

    Reviewing 11.0.0.181 Beta (Sep 10, 2007)

    "Now also includes an option during setup to install the Real Toolbar for Internet Explorer."

    Great!!!!

  131. 3 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 29, 2007)

    It might be time to update this screenshot for RP. Its been the same one for 7 years and doesn't look at all like the new player that they are showing.

  132. 1 out of 5 stars
    armpit

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    There are better freeware alternatives which won´t spy on you, nobody uses the realmedia format anymore.

  133. 5 out of 5 stars
    billweh

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    RealMedia continues to upgrade a great product. I like their organization of my audio/video library over the way that WMP and WIMP handle it and don't even get me started on that poor excuse of an app iTunes, maybe it looks better on a MAC?

    I've been using RM for years and it still is the number one program I turn to for listening to audio, ripping CDs and organizing my library. It now plays windows media video without a hitch along with just about everything else.

    If it were completely free, I'd give it a 10.

  134. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    it needs a big AOL stamp on it

  135. 1 out of 5 stars
    Reverb

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    How anyone could give a high rating to a media player that collects and uses your personal info for it's own use is a clear sign of ignorance. See the links below posted by madcats which state their data gathering policies:

    www.realnetworks.com/company/privacy/index.html

    www.realnetworks.com/company/privacy/cookies.html

    Their are numerous alternatives that do not require setting up an account or monitor your surfing habits. The Realmedia is a proprietary streaming format that offers no advantage over Directshow or any other widely available video format. I realize that there are websites that only stream realmedia content - install Real Alternative for those.

    Anyone who rates this higher than a (1) has one of the following:

    A) Not tried many other media players to compare it against or is unaware that they can install Real Alternative instead.

    B) Has metal fragments embedded in their skull thus inhibiting normal cerebral activity and prone to excessive drooling.

    Real Media Player is crud.

  136. 1 out of 5 stars
    MooseMuffin

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    Not only does it suck as hard as it did years ago, but now nobody on the internet uses the realmedia format anymore so theres absolutely no reason for anyone to have this.

  137. 1 out of 5 stars
    xsnred

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    Real media? Guys, it's 2007! Give it up already!

  138. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    Not even gonna bother to write a review because of all those crap idiotic misinformed stupid spyware/malware posts. If you guys can write a waste of time post - then you can bet that so can I!

  139. 1 out of 5 stars
    a7

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    Now, spyware/malware inclued (IE toolbar) with this s*** player.

  140. 1 out of 5 stars
    tinkerdill

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    "Now also includes an option during setup to install the Real Toolbar for Internet Explorer"

    is this a joke?

  141. 1 out of 5 stars
    kindbud1

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    first thing i uninstall on any new computer.

  142. 1 out of 5 stars
    doctorsmith

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 15, 2007)

    no need for this junk there is a real alternative
    http://fileforum.betanew...ve_Regular/1054136293/1

  143. 4 out of 5 stars
    robertmc8

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 14, 2007)

    Thats why it's called beta lol. If you don't know what beta means don't installed or insult it lol.

  144. 5 out of 5 stars
    Jammerdelray

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 14, 2007)

    That screenshot is not the right one, Real Player 11 is totally different and well put together and not to mention lighter.

    Comes with Firefox Real Player plugin that lets you download videos from youtube, google etc.

    Cons" Could have a better Open, Close and Minimize buttons in Vista.

  145. 1 out of 5 stars
    p51d007

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 14, 2007)

    Do yourself a favor and get the real alternative.
    I can't tell you the number of computers I've fixed,
    thanks to the real player problems. Bloated is just one of its problems.

  146. 5 out of 5 stars
    DACWILSOL

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 14, 2007)

    Great media player. GUI is better than previous one. I bought RealPlayer Plus after testing the new beta. Library management is better than previous version. Buying music is seamless and content on media guide is wholesome. Overall, I like the new RealPlayer. Burning music is fun again. This is all my own opinion. Try the player and choose for yourself.

  147. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 14, 2007)

    absolute and utter crap.

  148. 1 out of 5 stars
    hell0

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 14, 2007)

    Real Player for the lose.

    Use Real Alternative or Vista Codec Pack (which includes the real codecs) instead.

  149. 1 out of 5 stars
    TheDevilHimself

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 14, 2007)

    This sucks as it always does. If I need something that can deal with realplayer files, I always use RealPlayer alternative which you also can download from betanews and the same goes for Quicktime and WinAmp, there's also a Quicktime alternative and a WinAmp alternative and they all running through MediaPlayer Classic which also are implemented in those alternative progs. And I can tell you that it runs perfectly.

  150. 3 out of 5 stars
    DoHickey

    Reviewing 11.0.0.175 Beta (Aug 14, 2007)

    It should be named Real Bad Player. I don't like the look of it. If it were really free, I might use it at least a couple of times a year.
    If it has to open in real player, I avoid the file. Simple.

  151. 3 out of 5 stars
    smarterthanyou

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.543 Beta (Aug 2, 2007)

    The idea of downloading streaming video to your hard disk is great. Unfortunately, in most cases rather than download the video file from the web sites I visit, RealPlayer 11 beta simply plays the video and records it. This means if you have a slow internet connection like 768K downstream DSL it's nearly impossible to download high quality streaming video without getting a significant amount of dropped frames.

  152. 1 out of 5 stars
    acey99

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.543 Beta (Aug 2, 2007)

    Is it just me or is Real player boring & lame?
    I use Winamp for 99.9% of my audio (inluding Real)
    VideoLan for everything else (Video, .1% of audio)
    if Winamp won't play it, it may not be worth it !

    also does everybody have a toolbar ?

    Google TB,
    Yahoo TB,

    so many toolbars, will there be any room left for your browser?

  153. 5 out of 5 stars
    billweh

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.543 Beta (Aug 2, 2007)

    I like this version of RealPlayer. It's a step up from version 10 and I like the fact that they are allowing you to get the full functionality now by paying just once for the product. Not having to pay month by month like before.

    That was my biggest beef with RP10.

    I've always liked their streaming video - I thought in low bandwidth situations, the audio and video were clear and I didn't get a lot of delays and stutterings that I get with programs.

    I've always liked the way the software organizes things when ripping CDs. I've tried Winamp and Foobar and dozens of other apps and none of them fit the way I wanted to do things.

    RP does and RP11 does it even better.

  154. 1 out of 5 stars
    ModderXManiac

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.543 Beta (Aug 2, 2007)

    I actually installed this version and tried it thoroughly for nearly an hour, and I still dislike it.

    It is indeed bloated, intrusive, and really not worth using because of all the alternatives out there. People who rate this never consider the alternative, much like people who still use IE6 because it's what's included. RealPlayer has alot of functionality, it can do alot, but it doesn't do it well, not nearly as well as it could.

    I consider their audio and video formats to be failures, especially their streaming format. And when there are half a dozen players and codec packs that allow for playback of all these formats, and they do it better.

    And I still condemn them for using a Paris Hilton screenshot :D

  155. 1 out of 5 stars
    Lands

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.543 Beta (Aug 2, 2007)

    Piece of junk. Don't bother installing.

  156. 1 out of 5 stars
    tinkerdill

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.543 Beta (Aug 2, 2007)

    "Now also includes an option during setup to install the Real Toolbar for Internet Explorer"

    great....

  157. 1 out of 5 stars
    Project51

    Reviewing 11.0.0.167 Beta (Jul 29, 2007)

    I've only installed this because some idiots are still encoding in rm codecs.

  158. 5 out of 5 stars
    flashhh

    Reviewing 11.0.0.167 Beta (Jul 19, 2007)

    Complexars!!!!
    First TRY the software, then rate it!!!

  159. 5 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing 11.0.0.167 Beta (Jun 27, 2007)

    Reviewer: ModderXManiac Jun 26, 2007
    Version: 11.0.0.167 Beta

    Adware, bloat, lousy standard and a tastless Paris Hilton screenshot.

    _______________________________________________
    Nah, that's been up for eons-- since she was a pre-teen hussy almost. There's a better chance it's her floozy mother.

    Reviewer: Dsfargeg Jun 27, 2007
    Version: 11.0.0.167 Beta

    Nah, just some ugly Hilton wannabe. It's to attract all the desperate failures who still use RealPlayer

    __________________________________________________
    Don't insult that good-looking model, Paris is a skinny, ugly dog... and she ain't even sexy-- that bj from her video: my momma could do it much better.

    One huge improvement-- no prompt to register w/ username / pw anymore: just a voluntary email newsletter option.

    I actually don't have the issues the rest of the world seemingly has with it-- 4 years ago i completely uninstalled it, then installed the BBC version(EU forced them to provide a non-spy version)... which i've gradually updated over time.

    No spy or un-removable background/startup processes to report.

    Somebody has to be seriously off their rocker here: Either i'm a genious among mere mortals or a mere mortal among gods... but judging from some previous comments here-- i doubt it's the latter.

  160. 1 out of 5 stars
    Dsfargeg

    Reviewing 11.0.0.167 Beta (Jun 27, 2007)

    Nah, just some ugly Hilton wannabe. It's to attract all the desperate failures who still use RealPlayer.

  161. 1 out of 5 stars
    ModderXManiac

    Reviewing 11.0.0.167 Beta (Jun 26, 2007)

    Adware, bloat, lousy standard and a tastless Paris Hilton screenshot.

  162. 1 out of 5 stars
    VictorAnderson

    Reviewing 11.0.0.167 Beta (Jun 26, 2007)

    Lookee! ...it's a media player buried way down inside some banner ads and spyware!
    What a pile of J U N K.

  163. 1 out of 5 stars
    madcats

    Reviewing 11.0.0.167 Beta (Jun 26, 2007)

    ninjeratu's comment is right on! Real Alternative
    plays realaudio files without the spyware. Here's 2 links which reveal the data RealPlayer collects:

    www.realnetworks.com/company/privacy/index.html

    www.realnetworks.com/company/privacy/cookies.html

    The only way to get rid of it is to format your harddrive; then use Winamp or Real Alternative.

  164. 1 out of 5 stars
    ninjeratu

    Reviewing 11.0.0.167 Beta (Jun 26, 2007)

    Ugh. Someone should mercifully (and humanely) put this monster out of its misery.
    Most of the phone-home "features" are gone and so are the most blatant spyware tendencies. But it's still got some rather serious issues.

    Main issue is and has always been that almost nothing in the free player is actually free. The whole player is plagued by fine (or less fine) pointers to the AMAZING features found in the commercial version. Not long ago you had to upgrade to the commercial version to get an equalizer...
    It has serious issues with many codecs, notably AC3Filter and some Xvid flavoured builds.
    To make matters worse it takes over many embedded functions in your system, like the embedded playback of webbased video, even thought it might not actually recognize the played format/codec. Even if it actually DO recognize the stream format it almost never works as it should anyway.
    It's also almost impossible to completely uninstall it. You're almost always left with either files, associations, registry entries or any combination of the three. Almost guaranteed to mess up your system.
    The only thing I like about it is the interface, thought different colour schemes would be nice.

    It's a parasitic dinosaur with less features in its commercial version than any free alternative (KMplayer, GOMplayer, MPC, and so on).
    They should've put this to sleep a long, long time ago.

  165. 1 out of 5 stars
    xproject51

    Reviewing 11.0.0.167 Beta (Jun 26, 2007)

    I'm still using RealPlayer. And I prefer this than RealAlternative.

    But that doesn't mean I like this.

  166. 5 out of 5 stars
    flashhh

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 14, 2007)

    A brand new version of RealPlayer - I just have to say - GREAT!

    Pros: Brand new free features like video recording, DVD burning and a brand new great interface! No Media Library Ads ;)

    Cons: Still uses the windows wave control. MP3 ripping is up to 96k... in 10.5 free version it was up to 320k and VBR...

    ...and it defenately does not install a toolbar for IE. That statement is valid only for RealOne Player V1 and V2....

  167. 4 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 13, 2007)

    I'm no fan of anything aol, but i have always liked Real Player. This is the first big upgrade(though beta) in i don't know how many years. Its not bad. Nicer ui. Seems stable. I tried a few different video formats with no problem. I ignore the term bloat. These are people using 1995 pc's and a 1 meg software download causes there world to crash. Give me all the bells and whistles a program can provide. If real player came out with a 50 meg Real player, i would have no problem downloading and using it if it was good. I have no clue what morons are posting on here. There was no spyware, no secret toolbars or anything stealth on my pc. If you want another choice besides Windows media player, give this a try.

  168. 1 out of 5 stars
    tinkerdill

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 12, 2007)

    "Now also includes an option during setup to install the Real Toolbar for Internet Explorer"

    wow! real great!

  169. 5 out of 5 stars
    UniversityofKentucky

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    Jager,

    You shouldn't dis BetaNews, especially when you're wrong. RealMedia comes in two modes, free and pay.

    From their site:

    Do you want the free or the premium RealPlayer Plus?

    - Free RealPlayer:
    Visit www.real.com and click the Free Download button.

    - Premium RealPlayer:
    Visit www.real.com/playerplus and click the Download Now button. You will be prompted to enter payment information before the download starts.

    I haven't checked BN's link, so maybe that points you to the Gold beta version.

  170. 5 out of 5 stars
    castiglione

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    There's no such thing as "bloatware"... it's just doomsday-speak for things people say about things they don't like.

    RP11 is an awesome app. It does what is say (and is not a scam by RealNetworks). Here's a suggestion to the people who say this is bloatware: Test it, and if you still think it's bloatware, remove and don't complain about it. Whining about something because you think it's bloatware si ridiculously immature.

    Rated a 5 because it's what it is advertised: an awesome app, and not because I like the app (even though that plays a minor role in my decision).

  171. 1 out of 5 stars
    nvic

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    Does what it says, but like many others, this software is bloatware.

    I fix computers and when I'm removing junkware, Realplayer is one of the first to go. AOL comes next...

    If the owner insists on using RealPlayer, I install RP Alternative.

  172. 1 out of 5 stars
    Jegar48

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    Another Scam by real player. Restrict the download speed unless you pay for the "upgrade". In addition, as usual BetaNews has misrepresented the software. It is not Free, it is a 14 day free trial.

    Bah to all of it

  173. 5 out of 5 stars
    gate1975mlm

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    Realplayer 11 is a nice improvement from version 10.

    But because its beta there are some bugs.

    Like

    On Windows Vista when viewing a youtube video if I right click on the playing video to show the context menu its blank.

    and

    On Windows Vista not sure about XP if I turn down the Volume all the way in Realplayer 11 beta I still can hear the sound. No other player has this problem.

    Is this a bug? If I click on the Windows mixer I can turn off the Realplayer volume there.

    I also had this problem in realplayer 10 on Vista.

    The problem is when you move the volume all the way to the left in "realplayer" and then check the realplayer volume in the "windows mixer" you can see that the volume is not all the way off. Thats why I still hear sound.

  174. 1 out of 5 stars
    Dsfargeg

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    Absolutely worthless bloated garbage, even worse than the already very crappy Windows Media Player.

    There are a lot of free, good media players, e.g. Gom or KM Player - absolutely no reason to use this garbage.

    Yet there still seem to be some ret***s left who use the notoriously poor quality RealMedia format. Should you ever have the need to play it back, use RealPlayer Alternative.

  175. 5 out of 5 stars
    tenebrusmke79

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    So far so good. Ignoring the negative comments/ratings insofar as I can, this application is so much better than the previous Real Players.

  176. 1 out of 5 stars
    Gus_Valentine

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    It's just a new skin, and a browser helper object for downloading embeded videos. It still doesn't play QuickTime unless you have the QT player/codecs installed, and WMV files played only audio with a black screen for me. MP3 ripping is back to 96Kbps, you have to pay for 128Kbps and up. So basically, it still installs several hundred files just to play RealMedia. Pointless when you have a free player like JetAudio 7 Basic that plays RealMedia, QuickTime, Windows Media, and many more features than the pay version of RealPlayer. And then there's KMPlayer, VLC, and the list goes on...

  177. 5 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    Nice trannie-- that alone merits a 5.

  178. 1 out of 5 stars
    dkratter

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    Yeah right.

    http://fileforum.betanew...ve_Regular/1054136293/1

  179. 5 out of 5 stars
    DACWILSOL

    Reviewing 11 Build 6.0.14.484 Beta (Jun 11, 2007)

    Sweet! New GUI is awesome. Added download and record web objects is great. Still testing the beta, so far so good. Real Player is a step up on WMP 11.

  180. 1 out of 5 stars
    armpit

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Mar 26, 2007)

    Horrible piece of bloated software. Avoid it like the plague.

  181. 1 out of 5 stars
    polysius

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Jan 8, 2007)

    Just when you thought iTunes, QuickTime and Windows Media Player couldn't get any worse... along comes Real Player!

    Don't waste your time with 5 different programs for 5 different formats: use VLC (VideoLAN Client), Media Player Classic or another open source/free media player that can support all these WM, QT, RM formats and more.

  182. 1 out of 5 stars
    knivez

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Dec 1, 2006)

    Nice screenshot, very smart from Real's pr dep.

    Nice chick, horrid program. avoid like the plague.

    1.

  183. 1 out of 5 stars
    Paradise-FH-

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Nov 16, 2006)

    garbage. every other review sums it up pretty well.

  184. 1 out of 5 stars
    ..::][Ben][::..

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Oct 28, 2006)

    Biggest crap i ever saw.

    A few customers told me that they like it, customers who brought there pc for repairing/reinstalling.

    All of you guys who want to tell us that this player is good, must have really no clue whats going on in an ms os.

    (edit for flashhh)
    flashhh dont bore me with such selfexplaining nonsense.

    yes, i installed it on several computers and therefore i tried it many times over the last years, and no I dont think its the only reason why people mess up there pc, the reason for that is that they have no idea of anything pc related and its allways the same kind of people who like this junk, guys who only see the player window, but not whats going on behind...

    I dont want to waste any more time on that.

  185. 5 out of 5 stars
    flashhh

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Oct 24, 2006)

    ^^^^^^^
    Ben, who has not tried the player. It cannot cause a system crash!!!!!!!!! Try it before commenting!!!!

    I'm a normal user, who TRIES a product before commenting. TRY the so called "Bloated" player and stop spreading your BLOATED LIES!!!!!!!

  186. 1 out of 5 stars
    constust

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Oct 19, 2006)

    Real media and any product Real makes should be banished from the Internet. Most invasive piece of software I have ever installed.

  187. 1 out of 5 stars
    doctorsmith

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Oct 18, 2006)

    fairly horrible piece of rubbish, alexweber15 and Banquo sum it up in their reviews, not much else worth saying about it.
    Although good to Mrs.Bush submitting reviews here at BN under the pseudonym of "flashhh", unfortunately she makes about as much sense as her husband with her paranoid rave, "it's all lies I tell you, we don't torture people, there are weapons of MD, and Real Player isn't full of crap". :-)

  188. 3 out of 5 stars
    WeR4saken

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Oct 18, 2006)

    It's a decent player once you spend a few minutes turning off all the crap that comes with it. I'm getting sick of these full releases for minor security updates though. Couldn't they distribute patches or something for those who already have it installed? Reinstalling it loses some settings, so it's a pain to do.

  189. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Oct 18, 2006)

    "Now also includes an option during setup to install the Real Toolbar for Internet Explorer."

    awesome! yet another toolbar for me to uninstall from my moms computer...

  190. 1 out of 5 stars
    Banquo

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1741 (Oct 18, 2006)

    I'm giving it a 1 just because of flashh's childish tirade. Must be a Real employee. Ok, not just because of that since that wouldn't be fair. Also because RealPlayer is complete garbage and always has been.

  191. 5 out of 5 stars
    flashhh

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1698 (Sep 26, 2006)

    STOP SPREADING YOUR DAMN LIES! The player is great and the info is wrong - there's no IE toolbar stuff!
    Bloated?!? Are you such a loser, that you can't click a menu?
    Spyware? Yeah right! And I'm the president's wife! There are some kind of ads in the media library, but! Therefore there's the program called RealPlayer Ad Tweak! It works!
    http://www.softpedia.com...alPlayer-Ad-Tweak.shtml

    All the "added icons" can be removed during setup.

    And all these people who say "crap", have you got a mirror to see if you are not a crap? First try something before commenting!

    Real Alternative is called a program??? I can make an exact copy - just try the InnoSetup Compiler! Real Alternative is nothing more than:

    "Note that distributing so called RealVideo codec packs, which is nothing but re-distribution of codec DLLs copyrighted by RealNetworks, and a few registry keys, is illegal. This is not unique for RealPlayer DLLs, most proprietary software products have this restriction."

    Maybe nobody will note my review, but I hope the spammers will shut up!

  192. 1 out of 5 stars
    id242

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1698 (Sep 17, 2006)

    "Now also includes an option during setup to install the Real Toolbar for Internet Explorer."

    What does this have to do with being a digital-media-player? Nothing. Nor does taking over your system by installing unrelated icons for it's partner companies on your desktop, quick launch toolbar, start menu, application menu & directory and your bookmark lists.

    by the way, after an uninstall, this program leaves several traces of itself on your computer's "program files" and "windows" directory and in the registry.

  193. 4 out of 5 stars
    Browser12

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1698 (Sep 16, 2006)

    Link to download this from betanews isn't working. In anycase, I still like this the best for viewing video's. Its allot more user friendly that wmp, quicktime or other players out there. Easy to resize a video while watching it. Just cursor to the size you want. Its basically all i use it for. People who complain, well, stop using it. Geez. My only complaint is the typical, ask you for your email and password info. everytime you download the latest version. I wish they would just make it a player that you download and thats that. Other gripe i have, when you go into the update section, theres always a dozen other updates that dont come with the main one. Now i could see back in the day of dial up not putting everything into the main download, but come on, everyone has broadband. So put the entire enchilada in there guys.

  194. 2 out of 5 stars
    mengo

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1698 (Sep 16, 2006)

    "Now Buffering" well that should be enough, if not you´re just in love with bloating ressource demanding crap. I have a myspace, but i still dont like this.
    Give me lightweight, ease of use and simple GUI like foobar

  195. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1698 (Sep 16, 2006)

    Total crap below. Excellent player. I don't have a MySpace page.

  196. 1 out of 5 stars
    landfish

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1698 (Sep 15, 2006)

    total garbage, one of the worst programs you can infest your computer with, loved by the same type of people who think it's cool to have a 'my space' page.

  197. 5 out of 5 stars
    meteecee

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1698 (Sep 15, 2006)

    "RaelPlayer does not run on my 3.11. Crap!!1"

    so what. that's like saying i can't jam my tom jones 45 into a dvda player.
    from wikpedia . .
    "The Windows 3.1x family of operating systems were released from 1992 to 1994

    for managing large collections of files with a clear, complete,readable interface,, no need to download new codecs every month, no loss of data
    there's nothing like real.
    and if it doesn't work with an ipud or have the new beyonce video the day it's released . . who cares?

  198. 1 out of 5 stars
    twosheds

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Jul 7, 2006)

    "Real themselves make an adware-free version of their product, designed for corporate users to deploy on their hard-disk images. It is called Realone Enterprise Desktop, will not be advertised anywhere, and can be obtained after a filling in a form here http://forms.real.com/rnforms/products/tools/red/ with fake information."

    From: http://jogin.com/weblog/...04/02/29/real_obnoxious

  199. 5 out of 5 stars
    ogman

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Jun 19, 2006)

    Don't believe the FUD spead by the Alternative coding team. Real Alternative is for idiots who can't click a menu. For those who know how to use preferences, REAL Player is better, faster, and superior to the fake alternative.

  200. 1 out of 5 stars
    ZenWarrior

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Mar 5, 2006)

    Most unfortunately, Real Alternative is not a true alternative. As someone has already pointed out, it simply does not work all too frequently. This is in no way a ringing endorsement for Real, however. I despise the fact that after "buying" its player upgrade, I must still log into Real every single time to use the upgraded features [that I *purchased*]. Real is evil. Let there be no doubt about that -- but one does seem to need their Real[bad] player all too often on the web.

    So, only a one-rating for very customer-unfriendly business practices -- and for repeatedly installing crappy "update" software, that I do *not* wish installed, every time I use it. (And after many years of using Real[bad] Player, I have yet to see what amounts to "legitimate" spyware actually perform a required update of the player.)

  201. 5 out of 5 stars
    flashhh

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 23, 2006)

    Adrian79 and horsecharles are totally right. Using that CRAP Real Alternative is like cracking. Sa about the others, including the Beta News editor - YOU SUCK, NOT REALPLAYER! HOW COULD YOU AWARD THE ILLEGAL REAL ALT...BLAH AND LAME REALPLAYER?

    STOP SPREADING LIES!

  202. 5 out of 5 stars
    Adrian79

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 23, 2006)

    alot of silly complaints here, real alterntive sucks.. cuz most websites wont allow that proggy to run... like the guy below me said :-)

    yup, this works fine.. i have no problem using my email to update... i have no problem disabling "desktop messege center" with 2 clicks.. i mean, all this is basic knowledge

  203. 5 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 23, 2006)

    I actually have come around to re-liking this all over again, since the EU set them on the straight and narrow path-- get it here(and then update from within it): http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/audiohelp_install.shtml

    No bugs/privacy concerns/other problems to report on any/all systems: Win98, ME, 2K, Xp, Ubuntu. In fact, there are some progs that do tax resources on the 9x systems, but Real's NOT one of them.

    The Alternatives(mp,ra,qta) are a noble concept-- but not ALL websites with such embedded content allow anything but the original/authentic prog...

  204. 1 out of 5 stars
    GhoS

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 23, 2006)

    Same with others posted here. I think it has a lot going for it, and I used to use RealPlayer. But once it went to the "One" it became bloated, full of spyware/adware and just littered your computer with junk. Its not worth having , especially when there is a terrific alternative, called Real Alternative.

  205. 1 out of 5 stars
    DeKoquonut

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    Bloated, invasive and easily replaced with Real Alternative. No reason you should use "Real-Plaguer" unless you like icons plastered everywhere and yet another program starting it's self and puffing the system tray out until it reaches the start button.

  206. 2 out of 5 stars
    djdanska

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    Tried it. Runs fine. It's ok. Better than nothing. I still prefer real alternative though.

  207. 1 out of 5 stars
    Esquire

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    To this day I still don't understand why is it that everytime I update my RealPlayer installation I have to provide my email address again and again and again in order to proceed with the rest of the update! Isn't providing an email address the first time I install RealPlayer ENOUGH!

  208. 1 out of 5 stars
    Kramy

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    I love Real Alternative, but this thing caused stability problems on a 98SE box. I won't let it touch my Win2k box.

    Last I checked it also had adware/spyware built-in, though apparently the spyware was removed?

    horsecharles: There's ways around those sites that *require* Real Player to stream.

  209. 5 out of 5 stars
    pyridox

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    Too much adware\spyware to suit me. I used to like it before it got bloated, and contains adware & spyware. Yeah for Real Alternative!

  210. 4 out of 5 stars
    wizard68sc3

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    I don't work for realnetworks and I also love this software. Yes it is a little bit of bloatware but if you get a better job you should be able to afford a better computer that can handle it. Real alternative, what is the sense in that piece of garbage. You should try the real thing.

  211. 4 out of 5 stars
    Notreallyhere

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    I really like this software. For me it's much easier to transfer music with this program than with windows media player. Yes it is bloated, but for me it does everything I need :)

  212. 1 out of 5 stars
    sn0wflake

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    A bloated pile of sh*t adware with one of the worst version histories ever. Get Real Alternative instead.
    DIE, RealNetworks, DIE!!!

    gate1975mlm: Either you work for RealNetworks or you're just an ignorant user. Look at the rating everybody else gave it and go figure.

    flashhh: He definately works in the marketing department. Check out how he's "selling" this product with the words he use and the features he mention.

  213. 5 out of 5 stars
    gate1975mlm

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    I am very happy with Real player fo rwhat I use it for. it gives me no problems at all! And I am very picky with my software trust me. I just don't see the problems that a lot of other people seem to see.

  214. 1 out of 5 stars
    Theoldwino

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    bloat, bloat, bloat, I will not use software that phones home on me as well.

  215. 1 out of 5 stars
    madmike

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    Well, admitedly it plays files ok if there wav or Divx (providing u have encoder) otherwise its from a prehistoric age.. we have all moved on from Compuserve days. Its Bloated to hell, uses excessive system resources and I beleive is as popular as a dog with rabies

    Should send them a telex me thinks which would read:
    Thank you for the beta - STOP- Thought it was awful - STOP- Please , please, please STOP!

    PS: Musickevin.. PLEASE PLEASE STOP

  216. 1 out of 5 stars
    ModderXManiac

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1483 (Feb 22, 2006)

    Crap player.

    It satisfies the less-knowledgeable user with it's pretty-looking interface and screenshots of Paris Hilton, o but for my needs, and with how bloated and intrusive it is, this is no solution.

    THIS is adware in disguise, if you use this, you will be tracked. THIS, steals bandwidth for no good reason. THIS, eats memory. THIS, has crappy format support. Oh, and to end, who wants to use a 3rd party media player with security issues?! I sure as hell know I dont. You use the 3rd party apps to avoid these things!

  217. 1 out of 5 stars
    imanino

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 26, 2005)

    Program that spy on my computer data and do download without me permission get de gas face...Find real alternative..make it your own..and your computer will thank you... I still think Homeland Security runs Real behind the scenes, but since that whole Guantanamo thing, i'm too nervous to speak about it.

  218. 5 out of 5 stars
    musickevin

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 6, 2005)

    OK, I know that there are a lot of REAL haters out there (I was one as well, so I completely understand). I know to expect it. I expect the push back and the sideways glances, but I'm going to say it. Hello. My name is Kevin...and I use Real Player Plus. There, I've said it. OK, so it all began with big, spankin' new external hard drive. I migrated all of my music and videos over to it and proceeded to see if iTunes 6 would play nice with all of my formats. No go. So, will WMP 10 play? Negative. What about Musikcube? Nope. After searching the net for something that would play all of my .mp3, .mp4, wma, protected wma, .ogg, play well with my iRiver H320 and read all of my tags correctly so as to avoid retagging 7000+ songs, I found it.

    As surprised as I was, I decided to give it a go. Am I glad I did. Installation was a breeze and I've always thought that RP had a nice layout and design. It read all of my tags correctly, played all of my songs and transfered all of my files. Additionally, with the external hard drive, it's easy to take all my music with me and Real Player for linux plays all of them well on my Ubuntu system and on my laptop. So there. I switched.

  219. 1 out of 5 stars
    ModderXManiac

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 3, 2005)

    Before you download this overly gloated and horribly bloated video player, you might want to read this:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20051202/tc_zd/166605

    Sure, it may work, but with how intrusive it is to your system, it leaves it to be the most vulnerable media player.

    Aside from that, this is bloated as hell and wont play most of the formats I use, so I stick with Videolan and Foobar2000 for all my media needs.

    ohh, and is that paris hilton in the screenshot? Meh, even more reason not to use it.

  220. 4 out of 5 stars
    clawso1

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 2, 2005)

    I use RealPlayer too and have never had any problems with it, but I guess some people don't like that it wants to "Phones Home" when it detects the user online. They can stop it from doing that by configering their fire-wall!

  221. 5 out of 5 stars
    gate1975mlm

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 2, 2005)

    Realplayer works fine for me. I don't inderstand why so many people hate it?

  222. 1 out of 5 stars
    jsc315

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 2, 2005)

    i decided to try this just to see how well it worked. well, yea its a resource hog, and can only do so much with it till you have to pay a fee for stuff you can get for free and it seems that nothing realy has changed with this player. i do not recomend this at all. It's junk. if i could rate this a 0 i would. This player a long time ago used to be decent. now its just a waste of space.

  223. 1 out of 5 stars
    ZenWarrior

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 2, 2005)

    I very much dislike (even despise) a product, that after purchasing, requires logging into Real[Bad]Networks in order for that [supposedly] purchased product to deliver the very features for which you paid to have!

    Log out of the Real[Bad] player, and then find yourself somewhere you cannot log into the Real[Bad] network again, and you quickly realize your money has effectively been stolen b/c you at that point cannot have full access to the product features you thought you bought (e.g., 10-band equalizer, enhanced video controls).

    That's before recognizing that the Real[Bad] player handles some file types the poorest of all available players. File types that load into WinAmp in just a few seconds can take at least 30 or more seconds to be loaded by the Real[Bad] player.

    Caveat emptor.

  224. 1 out of 5 stars
    brinkeguthrie

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 2, 2005)

    i used to do lots of audio file work, encoding, FTPing, etc. WinMedia was seamless. RM was terrible. play the two files side by side, RM consistenly sounded murkier, etc.

    I avoid anything that has the RM logo like the plague.

    And HOW big is this file??? ack!! no way!!

  225. 2 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 2, 2005)

    HHmmmm..........it's not bloated at + 40MB, twice the size of already-bloated WMP....
    it's not adware/malware, yet there's the obligatory: create account or sign in screen during install--which repeats itself during subsequent upgrades too(& does NOT offer a PERMANENT cancel option, even more annoying is that this last update is buggy while connecting to their servers, necessitating several username/pw/zip/country re-enters), even when opting out of ALL offers one still receives email correspondence-- worse, the opt out process in said emails does not result in one being opted out!; the attempted file assoc. hijack(there needs to be an option to assoc. ONLY Real types, noobs won't know which to check/uncheck)...
    what else am i overlooking?
    Be all that as it may, for work purposes, I do use it, wmp & qt rather than the Alternatives, which though very good(disregard the snide win95 analogy from another poster) do not handle all such content at all sites--particularly the browser-embedded type, which can also only be accessed with IE and/or a particular win version at some sites.
    (& no, it's not a hardware, codec or plugin issue-- some sites have not been coded to interface with other browsers/os/apps)

  226. 2 out of 5 stars
    sQin

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 2, 2005)

    taliah84 told it uses less resources than Winamp. Anybody agree??
    4 years ago its was a good music player. Now we have several growing projects with bright future (Songbird Media Player, MusikCube, Foobar2000 0.9) to completely replace this commercial S**t

  227. 3 out of 5 stars
    OSuser

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 2, 2005)

    Realplayer came a long way when it was very popular, still is for some of us but with all other alternatives out there available so why would anyone use RealPlayer? Well, I like the fact it does has very user's friendly interface and easy to navigate. And overall package are very useful. Now people think it's Free. Of course the player is free but if you like extra features, you have to upgrade by purchasing it but still it's functional in the free mode. For those that dislike the "NAGGING" to buy the product, just turn it off in the pref. Nevertheless, RealPlayer is a good media player (w/few plugins).

  228. 1 out of 5 stars
    twosheds

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 2, 2005)

    Scummy ad/spy/bloatware. AVoid with extreme prejudice.

  229. 1 out of 5 stars
    lzvk25

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1465 (Dec 2, 2005)

    Hmm... Let me see 12MB for a player that CAN'T play lots of formats, hijacks your system settings and nags you to death to buy the "SuperPass" crap, takes forever to load, and who knows how many other little surprises... I think I better stick with the K-Lite MegaCodec Pack which includes everything. And if you want just a music player use Quintessential Player http://quinnware.com/

  230. 5 out of 5 stars
    taliah84

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Nov 13, 2005)

    Does NOT contain Adware or Spyware. I dont know why people are posting lies. It isn't bloated, neither does it use a lot of resorces, it uses less then iTunes and Winamp & QuickTime ...

  231. 1 out of 5 stars
    johnk119

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 16, 2005)

    contains adware and uses alot of memory

  232. 5 out of 5 stars
    koza

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 16, 2005)

    I fully agree with flashhh. RealPlayer is NOT bloated, and Winamp - AOLNess. AOL Sucks => Winamp Sucks.

  233. 5 out of 5 stars
    flashhh

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 16, 2005)

    Stop spreading lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    RealPlayer is NOT Bloated!!! Does NOT CONTAIN ADWARE OR SPYWARE AND DOES A WAY BETTER JOB THAN THE BLOATED WINAMP!!!!!!
    JUST TRY THE PLAYER!
    THINGS SUCH AS REAL ALTERNATIVE ARE USEFUL ONLY FOR THE OLD WIN95.

  234. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing 10 (Oct 14, 2005)

    With the new agreement between Real Networks and Microsoft I expect things to get better and better now. Keep up the good work - well done on a fantastic player and congratulations for developing it from what RealPlayer used to be to what it's now become.

  235. 4 out of 5 stars
    Zoroaster

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 14, 2005)

    RealPlayer works fine for me, once the Message Center and Realschedule disabled, as someone already mentionned. It manages many formats, and the audio and video outputs are just fine. I wonder if there isn't a sort of anti-Real fashion, originated how I ignore. I dare anyone to distinguish a same melody played on either RealPlayer or another well known audio player: a lot of bla-bla to express the idea that the elite knows best, and that the best is elsewhere. An attitude close to the sectarianism of a few.

  236. 1 out of 5 stars
    donpacman

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    "Dead and Bloated" remove all the "Buy This" stuff!

  237. 3 out of 5 stars
    phrentec

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    Mplayer can play realmedia files with the realmedia codecs which can be found in the complete codecs package on the mplayer.hu website as well as the win32 build. Just extract the codecs zip file and put it in the codecs folder in mplayer and then use open with on a realmedia file and then associate all .rm file to mplayer.exe so that you can just doubleclick the .rm file and launch the player. this does not require having to install realplayer or even realalt however realalt installs the brower plugin as well.

  238. 1 out of 5 stars
    Tenoq

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    Ugly, clunky. Still haven't seen a good reason to use this over Media Player Classic?

  239. 5 out of 5 stars
    Adrian79

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    good stuff...just disable the messege center and realsch and...now no more b1tching :-)

  240. 2 out of 5 stars
    joeshmoe7

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    look for the real player enteprise version, its less bloated only about 8 megabytes. And just kill the realsched from starting in the registry and your good to go.

  241. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    join AOL and MSN and die!!!

  242. 2 out of 5 stars
    Banquo

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    Why do they force so much garbage on Windows users. Forcing you to register, pushing ads in your face, etc. I tried the Linux version in SUSE 10 and it just opened right up, no nags, ads or anything. But anyway I just install the corporate version and then use Media Player Classic to play the content.

  243. 1 out of 5 stars
    DACWILSOL

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    What's new about this build. I would try it out if I knew the change log.

  244. 1 out of 5 stars
    SamiChang

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    so is it like RealSh*t or RealCr@p?

  245. 1 out of 5 stars
    Blaxima

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    Some things never change, like how this player absolutley sux. Just like Quicktime it is loaded with intrusive adware and loves to take liberties whithout your input. Do yourself a favor and download the K-Lite Mega codec pack. It comes bundled with two players for you to choose from and it will play just about anything. Did I mention yet how much Real (and Quicktime)sux? Stay away from this and QT like the plague.

    Hmmmm QT and Real out on the same day...Hmmm

  246. 1 out of 5 stars
    Metshrine

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    Go figure, microsoft gives them 700 million, and now they release a new version. Coincidence? I think not!

    Crapware, always has and always will be

  247. 1 out of 5 stars
    themafia_69

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    THE WORST PLAYER EVER! IT DOES COME WITH ADWARE, POP UPS AND A STARTUP PROGRAM TO LOAD ALL THAT! ITS THE WORST PLAYER YOU CAN GET, JUST DOWNLOAD K-LITE MEGA CODEC PACK AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY ALMOST ANY FILE THAT COMES YOUR WAY!

  248. 1 out of 5 stars
    Paradise-FH-

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1348 (Oct 13, 2005)

    ugh. two totally slanted reviews below.

    the simple matter of fact is this: real's codecs are synonymous with terrible quality when it comes to streaming.

    if you have to use real's codecs for some reason and don't mind having thirty million different players (one for real, one for wm*, one for qt*, etc.) then grab this. otherwise, do yourself a favor and check out real alternative and quicktime alternative and then play all your media from either WMP or the provided Media Player Classic that comes with the alternative packages.

  249. 5 out of 5 stars
    flashhh

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1235 (Aug 24, 2005)

    The player that I use - 100% no adware, spyware, bundled software. And it's not bloated!!!!

    People who give it 1 or 2 stars rating have never tried ver 10.5 and think that it's the same thing as RealOne. So the rating is 2.4/5 Ignore them!

    The Real junk is AOL's Winamp.

    If someone wants to have realmedia support without the full realplayer - download RealPlayer Enterprise or Helix Player for Windows! Do not use RealAlternative - Real Alternative SUCKS. There's no need of it

  250. 5 out of 5 stars
    flashhh

    Reviewing 10 (Jul 25, 2005)

    I'm giving it 5 stars, because i like realplayer for Windows.
    But keep it going! I'm sure in future it will be better!

  251. 5 out of 5 stars
    Neoprimal

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1235 (Jul 9, 2005)

    *Sigh*...more ignorant people with no idea of what real *bloated* programs are or of the concept of ad and spyware. Realplayer is a decent multimedia player with capability to play most file types available. The player has an attractive look and a very easily workable interface. Files are also easily organized with it's built in organizer and transferring Mp3s to portable devices couldn't be easier. The program is/has no ad or spyware and any 'ads' shown are now only on it's internal browser. It also has a messaging feature that sends entertainment news to your desktop, this feature can be completely disabled (for those that know how to read, or take the time to do so).
    Realplayer has a nasty past, but they've cleaned up most of the mess and what's left is a clean player for people who prefer an all in one media player alternative to Winamp or WMP10.
    The lite version disables some features, mostly EQ Settings, Video controls, Crossfading and Player size - this doesn't stop it from being an impressive piece of FREE software. The player so far is completely stable and fast....I'm sorry for those of you still on your K63s or P3s, it doesn't cut it for software made post 2k, upgrade already it's like 300 for a PC now.
    For those with anything higher than an AMD AthlonXP 1900 (1.6GHZ) or a P4 2.0 GHZ, you should have no issues with the player speed.
    About the only downside to this player is a quite lengthy install process which requires you to do some reading lest you end up putting unnecessary icons everywhere and installing the google toolbar and message center. Other than this issue, the software is a solid performer.

  252. 3 out of 5 stars
    minimarko

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1235 (Jul 7, 2005)

    Alright, I'm going to give a fair review of Real Player:

    Pros: Easy interface and controls, browser plugin works great, very good video and audio quality, plays almost every file you can get, easy to use, lot's of options, and skin support.

    Cons: Bloated with so much junk, basic control sunch as brightness; contrast; and gamma controls for video are blocked out only for users that pay for the "pro" version, timely install, huge download, updates so often with security updates and you have to download the entire package again every time, resource hog, DVD controls arn't the best.

    So in conclusion, if you don't want Real Alternative you gotta get the player, otherwise your screwed if you want to play .rm, .ram, and other Real file types. It great to use when other player won't play videos. Hell, even Video Lan, WinAmp, WMP, and Media Player Classic sometimes dont' play certain files and Real Player will. But I say stick with Real Alternative and save some time with resources, disk space, and nagging.

  253. 1 out of 5 stars
    comstock

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1235 (Jul 7, 2005)

    Ugh. Is this company still around?

  254. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1235 (Jul 6, 2005)

    come on guys....i know that realplayer tries to look eyecandy, but it looks like much corporated and adware but it doesn't deserve that avarage 2.4 points !!! it's normal to be irritated by the junks i don't want on my pc but this software (or adware) has still potential for me...they are trying to keep the program updated and real alternative is a joke at least for a while..

  255. 1 out of 5 stars
    WickedLester

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1235 (Jul 6, 2005)

    This is nothing but bloatware. I will just stick with installing Real Alternative instead.

  256. 1 out of 5 stars
    lzvk25

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1235 (Jul 6, 2005)

    Can you spell M-A-L-W-A-R-E ?

  257. 4 out of 5 stars
    ecjs

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 30, 2005)

    I don't need all that stuff. I prefer Real Alternative.

  258. 5 out of 5 stars
    flashhh

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 26, 2005)

    The BEST player around!
    And this crap "Real Alternative" should be removed from the web!
    RealPlayer has 100% no adware, spyware or garbage stuff. Only an icon for free music and games, which can be removed. Even has good sound quality, mp3 ripping, and more extras. Version 10.5 is really fast.
    Just give it a try.

  259. 5 out of 5 stars
    ogman

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 16, 2005)

    Much improved since early versions. Great freemedia player! Paid service has terrific support, unpaid installs NO spyware and only nags those who don't know how to click option buttons. Most negative reviewers have not used the program in years. Try it on your own for an accurate evaluation.

  260. 5 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 15, 2005)

    http://www.free-codecs.c...ad/Real_Alternative.htm
    yeah but only if you click the link

  261. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    real Who ?
    they part of AOL ?
    lol

  262. 5 out of 5 stars
    Adrian79

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    works great, i just install it, ignore what u people b1tch about, then if i need to view a real file it shows up...otherwise it NEVER gets in my way or bothers or offends me lol

    later ;)

  263. 1 out of 5 stars
    bourgeoisdude

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    Yep, realplayer killed itself a long time ago in my book...

  264. 1 out of 5 stars
    Banquo

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    No, people call it bloatware because it is. I just want to play a video, I DON'T want a thousand links and doo-dads blinking at me trying to get me to go to their site or subscribe for something. I also do not like being forced to fill out a registration form and submit it just to install the program. It is really none of their business, and everyone puts in fake info anyway so why do the idiots even bother us with it? Finally Real is by far the dregs of streaming formats. Why it isn't dead is beyond me; if only sites would stop using it maybe it would go away. I'm usually not so harsh when reviewing a program but in this case I have to make an exception. This company sucks.

  265. 1 out of 5 stars
    ModderXManiac

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    Bloating at its best(which is not a good thing). Slow, adware, crap. i'm sticking with real alternative.

  266. 4 out of 5 stars
    cooldude7273

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    I honestly think the reason you think its bloatware is because you hear others do the same.

    I challenge you all to list the reasons it's bloatware.

  267. 1 out of 5 stars
    Pipewrench

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    Junk.

    It's the worst player ever made.

    Bloat Bloat Bloat...

  268. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    sheer and utter crap.
    i have never experienced any problems with real alternative to date so no reason to use this. it IS slightly bloated (compared to media player classic) and also i hate software with ads and software that propagates itself all over your pc without your consent.

  269. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    I give it a 5 if only to just offset the idiotic bloatware posts and the misinformed spyware posts. It is no way bloated for what it does. Real Alternative is not really a good alternative. It's just an alternative but still not really very good. If you think RealPlayer is bloated then you really need a new pc.

  270. 2 out of 5 stars
    Paul Lush

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    Good idea, good technology but awful implementation. Huge bloat, digs itself into everything, very hard to get it to give up anything that it wants.

  271. 2 out of 5 stars
    Dreimanis

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 (Jun 14, 2005)

    so it's version 10 or version 6 of the bloat of the universe?

  272. 5 out of 5 stars
    princeofpentacles

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (May 1, 2005)

    i agree that real is a bit of a bloatware,but since the real alternative does not fully support streaming music(as it says itself), whats the point in going for real alternative?i would stick with my real player rather than gor real alternative for now.

  273. 1 out of 5 stars
    poedgirl

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (Apr 26, 2005)

    If you need to play RealMedia files, get RealAlternative. This program is the most bloated piece of software I have ever seen.

  274. 5 out of 5 stars
    music_lover

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (Apr 21, 2005)

    I agree with ogman, most of the complaints appear to be from people still living in the '90's. Real Player is cool. I luv it! Don't listen to people who don't use it, try it for yourself.

  275. 1 out of 5 stars
    FailedCRC

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (Apr 21, 2005)

    \o/ for real player 8

  276. 2 out of 5 stars
    oufc_gav

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (Apr 21, 2005)

    Bloat is not necessarily about how much space it takes on your hard drive. It's how many services and processes it runs on your system. Even when it's not running it has processes running on your system. Do I need a messenging client installed on my system so that Real can send me advertising? No.
    Less offensive than it used to be (no "secret" software installs and preference grabbing any more - after many many complaints).
    Average product at best

  277. 5 out of 5 stars
    ogman

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (Apr 21, 2005)

    HaHa! I see all the real "alternative" crew has been here.

    Bloated? Only if you still have that old 4.3 gig hard drive. Time for an upgrade! Crashes? Only if you still can't run a computer. Time to buy "Windows For Dummies." This is an excellent program needlessly ripped by ancient pony-tailed geek wannabees who haven't tried actually tried the program in about 5 years.

    Real is an excellent player; give it a try! The player is free. They do offer an optional fee based content service that is one of the best. They also have the best customer service of any tech company I have ever seen.

    note to oufc_gav - You use Windows, right? Just wondering why you would be worried about so many background processes. Yeah, uh-huh.

  278. 1 out of 5 stars
    donpacman

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (Apr 21, 2005)

    This build crashes allot on my XP Pro system.

    XP error log clearly shows a Real hang
    *buffering* always.

    RealPlayer seems to be falling back again!

    Uninstall RealPlayer and go back to WinAMP.

  279. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (Apr 20, 2005)

    can you say bloated crap?

  280. 1 out of 5 stars
    ninjeratu

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (Apr 20, 2005)

    A horrible, bloated piece of software whose sole purpose is to make you pay for Real's web services and "features" most other players give you for free. If you really NEED web services you might as well use another crappy player, WMP10.

    Worth noting is that recent builds do NOT use spyware-like activities ("phone home"), even though "anonymous user statistics" can be sent if allowed.

    Use Real Alternative (search for it here) and you can access ALL Real Media types, streaming or not, without the need to install Real Player. Media Player Classic, the most versatile and fast media player around, is even included! And, yes, embedded Real Media works fine even in Firefox.

    Then you can search for Quick Time Alternative...

  281. 4 out of 5 stars
    xrayspex

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (Apr 20, 2005)

    The new versions of Real Player DO NOT steal file associations and is LESS intrusive then Quicktime and WMP.
    I have absolutely no problems with the new builds of Real (totally different from the very intrusive old builds of the late 1990's) and actually like the quality it gives for veiwing streaming video and playing downloaded media files.
    If your going to complain about intrusive players these days..the award goes to QuickTime.

  282. 1 out of 5 stars
    guevara

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1069 (Apr 20, 2005)

    No need to upgrade- keep the old version

  283. 1 out of 5 stars
    jaelanicu

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1059 (Apr 8, 2005)

    Wow, this is a good program to significantly reduce your available memory. Bravo.

    PS: Real Alternative has less memory usage. Alas.

  284. 3 out of 5 stars
    johnk119

    Reviewing 10 (Mar 11, 2005)

    Real's products have always been what i'd consider "bloat-ware". They usually include unnecessary tasktray icons and advertisements. Their player is ineffective at playing many media formats and their proprietary format offers no benefits i'm aware of.

  285. 3 out of 5 stars
    dapence

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1059 (Mar 7, 2005)

    Still pretty much the same, but this 'upgrade' now forces you to pay them at least 12.95 per month to access the 'toolbar' mode, of course you get access to all those Internet Radio Stations that you ... well, can get with Winamp, Microsoft's Media Player, and a host of other players for free, so I don't know ... 3 stars down from 5 for this cheap little stunt.

  286. 4 out of 5 stars
    uberfly

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1059 (Mar 2, 2005)

    Needed for proprietary file types and web streaming, and yes, still a bit bloated. But overall is a good player. Not sure why people still think they're cool to hate Real so much. They have survived against Microsoft when almost all others in their position haven't... and pioneered streaming web media along the way. If people take the time to look, RealPlayer does what it is built to do (which is a lot of stuff) and does it very well. Also, the days of it being too obtrusive are in the past. You want too obtrusive, turn your whining towards Windows Media Player. Talk about obtrusive and bloated. If half of it didn't start up while your OS was loading, it would take 5 minutes to open.

  287. 4 out of 5 stars
    virtorio

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1059 (Mar 2, 2005)

    RealPlayer has come along way in the past few releases and it not nearly as bad (in fact, it's actually quite good) as many people say. I have far less problems with this than I do with QuickTime. Of course if you are the sort of person who likes a more advanced application, with a more minimal interface, which does only what you need then Media Player Classic is a better alternative. I don’t know the problem is for some people but its not slow for me nor does it steal file associations (assuming you take the time, about 2-6 seconds, to uncheck which file types you don’t wanted associated with RealPlayer).

  288. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1059 (Mar 2, 2005)

    Absolute and utter bloated crap. There is a reason someone invented Real Alternative...and its because the original real player sucks. It is slow, heavy, steals all file-associations, and makes itself start with windows even though its completely unecessary for it to do so. STAY AWAY FROM THIS and download the alternative instead.

  289. 1 out of 5 stars
    anti00Zero

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1059 (Mar 2, 2005)

    no.
    real alternative and medai player classic :P

    mpc is faster, better and can do more.

    never realplayer

  290. 5 out of 5 stars
    Zeeshaan

    Reviewing 10.5 Final Build 6.0.12.1056 (Dec 3, 2004)

    An excellent player, and you'll need it to play .rm and .ram files.

  291. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing 10.5 Final Build 6.0.12.1056 (Nov 4, 2004)

    @SacrificeX: "I try to avoid rating software that I have never used."

    "However, in the case of RealPlayer, I will make an exception."

    "I would not recommend RealNetworks software based on past experiences, and also knowing that there is an alternative available."

    What absolute sh!t. What kind of a coward are you?! And an uninformed coward too!!

  292. 2 out of 5 stars
    SacrificeX

    Reviewing 10.5 Final Build 6.0.12.1056 (Nov 1, 2004)

    I try to avoid rating software that I have never used. However, in the case of RealPlayer, I will make an exception. I would not recommend RealNetworks software based on past experiences, and also knowing that there is an alternative available.

    The last few versions of RealPlayer have been notorious for insinuating itself into a computer system. It automatically associates itself with every media format it supports, causes unwanted utilities to load on start up, and creates shortcuts to other software available from RealNetworks.

    Getting to the point, their software is bloated and annoying. Instead, I recommend using Real Alternative. It is efficient software that allows you to play Real files without having to install any programs from RealNetworks. Check it out:

    http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/1054136293/1

  293. 5 out of 5 stars
    jonspencerbx

    Reviewing 10.5 Final Build 6.0.12.1056 (Oct 29, 2004)

    This program has no spyware whatsoever.. And it sure is not bloated.. I don't think the people that gave the low ratings actually tried the program. Maybe they have their opinions ready from past versions (realOne Player and realplayer 8) of the player (those were really bad), but the realplayer 10.X branch is very good. Try it out and see for your self.

  294. 5 out of 5 stars
    eL MaesTro

    Reviewing 10.5 Final Build 6.0.12.1056 (Oct 29, 2004)

    I must agree 100% !!!

    none of those who gave this software 1 stras, have actually tried it. This player is da bomb. Very good, if not check for proffesional audio reviews!!!

    they give it all a 9 of 10 !!!! 9/10 .

    There is absolut no spyware, and it isnt bloated, thats only pure bs.

    Give it a try and see what I'm talking about.

  295. 5 out of 5 stars
    ogman

    Reviewing 10.5 Final Build 6.0.12.1056 (Oct 28, 2004)

    Don't buy the bovine waste material from the haters below. This is an excellent product with the best service of any company on the web.
    Try it for yourself. Trust me, the haters haven't actually tried it.

    LOL! zridling, it's a virus? what anti-virus are you using? And to the guys worried about his cpu and RAM...dude, upgrade already. Seriously, that Pentium II w/64mb of RAM just won't cut it anymore. I've got RP running right now and it's using 5mb of RAM and my whole machine is using 4% of CPU capacity. The alleged "spyware," which is really just service options, is only hard to turn off if you can't read. Saying Real Player has spyware is like calling Windows Update spyware. Seriously, if you want to trash a program, be at least a little honest about it.

    Also, a note to those who can't read, this review page is for Real Player. Other products can be reviewed on their own page.

  296. 1 out of 5 stars
    zridling

    Reviewing 10.5 Final Build 6.0.12.1056 (Oct 28, 2004)

    RealPlayer is recognized as a virus on my system, and this version does not uninstall its registry entries. Very bad, very dishonest.

  297. 5 out of 5 stars
    Dreimanis

    Reviewing 10.5 Final Build 6.0.12.1056 (Oct 28, 2004)

    bloat

  298. 1 out of 5 stars
    Sintex

    Reviewing 10.5 Final Build 6.0.12.1056 (Oct 28, 2004)

    I'm updating my review on this.

    I have removed a star from it. I installed this on my PC again (Unfortunately) just to attempt to clarify some issues my fellow reviewers are having.

    1. The CPU and RAM. You're right, it only takes up 5 MB of RAM. When it's sitting there looking "pretty". As for the CPU using 4 - 8 cycles to play audio is awful. If I want to waste my cycles I will use Windows Media Player for everything.

    1a. For the guy who stated the following: "And to the guys worried about his cpu and RAM...dude, upgrade already. Seriously, that Pentium II w/64mb of RAM just won't cut it anymore"

    For one a P2 with 64 MB of RAM should be fine for running audio and video. And secondly, I run an AMD XP3200+ with 1.5 GB of PC3200 RAM.

    2. The bloat issue. Realplayer is fairly bloated (This version being much better than the last couple of version though) and very intrusive. When I say I don't want it to play certain filetypes I mean it.

    All in all it's just not worth installing it. Real Alternative does the same thing but is so much better. If you don't buy music online (Which I don't) it's just not worth the trouble of the install and configuration so it doesn't play all my files and add subliminal messages telling me to buy 5 copies of Real Player Professional and then eat my own foot (Ok it doesn't really do the last part) but you know what I mean. If it's to be used as a primary player it is not great but a lot better than the previous versions in almost all aspects.

    So for all the people saying that if you give it a low rating you haven't used it, don't assume that. Assuming makes an a** out of you and umption. People have their own opinions about software, what it should and what it should not do.

  299. 1 out of 5 stars
    GoodThings2Life

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1040 (Aug 18, 2004)

    RealPlayer has always been slow and bloated indeed, despite what its few fanboys/fangirls claim. For a 9MB download, it sure does consume a LOT of RAM when actually using it! And its default options are so invasive of privacy and the computer... always connecting to the Internet and phoning home.

    Although those "spyware" options can be disabled... RealPlayer puts you through hoops to find those options inside Preferences. The default options allow it to track all sorts of information.

    WinAmp and Windows Media Player will remain on top for some time to come unless RealNetworks learns to write clean, simple features.

  300. 1 out of 5 stars
    cricri_pingouin

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1040 (Aug 18, 2004)

    I can't understand why my friends, especially every single chinese one, just have this as standard. Sure, it works well, it looks nice and all, but behind... It's like having a nice siamese cat, which "meows" well, looks nice, but craps and pees everywhere on your carpet. I use Media Player Classic because it's a simple file to extract, doesn't do anything underhand, and is very "green" (i.e. doesn't put junk in terms of files and registry keys all over the place). If you really think it's the best multimedia software around and really want to keep it, by all means go ahead, I'm just giving my 2 cents. Oh, if you "need" (o_O) to play these formats, install RealAlternative in parallel to MPC, I'd be surprised if you were disappointed.

  301. 5 out of 5 stars
    drewby

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1040 (Aug 18, 2004)

    Love the fact you can actually preview a song. Can't do that in iTunes as far as I know. Can't bet 49 cents for a song. Awesome.

  302. 5 out of 5 stars
    ogman

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1040 (Aug 18, 2004)

    Great player, works perfect, and has NO spyware or adware. Great content and terrific value. Free or optional paid service have excellent features. Also, their music store now charges ONLY $.49 CENTS PER SONG!!! Company has best customer service of anyone out there.

    It's amazing the lack of computer knowledge possessed by some betanews users. Don't believe the FUD!

  303. 1 out of 5 stars
    mancub

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1040 (Aug 18, 2004)

    loaded real player ,when useing it , on xp pro sp2 , made my comp crash ,had to reboot twice and restore and then remove it , not good

  304. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1040 (Aug 18, 2004)

    @ Mark Gillespie:
    If you want to rate a 1 because it has a toolbar and you think it's bloated - fair enough.

    RealPlayer is not infested with spyware. Any adverts RealPlayer contains relate to subscription services.

    Your post just makes you seem like an idiot.

    @ mancub:
    The problem is the fact that SP2 has compatibility issues with a lot of programs - not just RealPlayer. I'm sure Real Networks will fix the compatibility issues but the problem is with SP2 - not the other way around.

    Oh and btw, apparently I'm a RealPlayer fanboy. :?

  305. 1 out of 5 stars
    Mark Gillespie

    Reviewing 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1040 (Aug 18, 2004)

    Infested with spyware, adware, and installs all sorts of bloat onto your system like autoupdate system tray rubbish that nobody needs (or wants).

    I notice in addition to all the previous bloat, the latest version has even more extra bloat, the latest version "includes an option during setup to install the Real Toolbar for Internet Explorer." How may damn Toolbars do they think people want in IE? IE toolbars seem to be the latest "must have" (reality is, nobody wants this crap..)

    Companies like Real that produce this rubbish must realise that to survive, they need to produce clean, lightweight, bloat-free products, or the will go the way of the dodo.

    Does anyone actually know that this program does, that Winamp or FooBar does not do?

    Avoid all Real Networks software, your PC will never be the same again (even the uninstall does not remove alot of the rubbish it puts on your system).

  306. 5 out of 5 stars
    singwolf

    Reviewing 10.5 Beta (Aug 5, 2004)

    I hated all RealPlayer version prior to RealOne. Since RealOne, 10 and now 10.5, I use it for ALL my media play back, burning, web surfing - it's a nice peice of software. Keep up the good work and the fight against those that try and lock you into one player, platform, device or O/S.

  307. 5 out of 5 stars
    jurrie

    Reviewing 10.5 Beta (Jul 30, 2004)

    as of version 10, RealPlayer is a quality piece of software. No spyware at all. I'd rate it 4 stars normally, but since all these idiots who prefer to fill the site with flames against anything they dislike, I give it 5 stars.

  308. 1 out of 5 stars
    tech_8356

    Reviewing 10.5 Beta (Jul 29, 2004)

    Old version 8 was half decent...anything after that is nothing but bloated spy/adware infected crap...I don't care how well it's configured

  309. 5 out of 5 stars
    keekles

    Reviewing 10.5 Beta (Jul 29, 2004)

    Same as the reviewer below stated. Learn how to use the program and disable all notifications and such annoyances. The program is great once properly configured.

  310. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing 10.5 Beta (Jul 29, 2004)

    5 stars to offset the idiotic misinformed spyware reviews and the bloated 'use Real Alternative instead' reviews. Idiots all.

  311. 1 out of 5 stars
    PC Rat

    Reviewing 10.5 Beta (Jul 29, 2004)

    The previous version "called home" a lot. Why trust RealPlayer again ?

    Was also tough to get a complete uninstall on. Not to mention that the older but pretty good 'G2 RealPlayer' would ~never~ work again !

    Basically, RealPlayer has transitioned into a spyware product.

    Sad.

    If you got the earlier 'G2 RealPlayer', whatever you do ...DON'T overwrite it with this piece of crap !

    The Computer Rodent

  312. 1 out of 5 stars
    CosmosX

    Reviewing 10.5 Beta (Jul 29, 2004)

    Slow, Bloated & Nothing Special. Stick to Media Player Classic, does all the same things except for having the bloated GUI and other stuff you will never need or use. Real should learn that people aren't interested in a program with all the bells and whistles but most people want is a program that is simple to use and doesn't look over the top.

  313. 1 out of 5 stars
    the1gadget

    Reviewing 10.5 Beta (Jul 29, 2004)

    I can find no good reason to use this bloat ware in the extreme. Horible interface, terible options, can be very annoying, intrusive.

    Back to RealAlternative.

  314. 1 out of 5 stars
    Aaroniekins

    Reviewing 10.5 Beta (Jul 29, 2004)

    i wish ppl wud smarten up and stop supporting companies like this

  315. 3 out of 5 stars
    allsiante

    Reviewing Build 6.0.12.883 (Jul 20, 2004)

    Well overall this would be nice, but it doesn't start on a winxp+sp2b2162. Where it does (winxp w/ sp2) it seems slow for me (the hw under it is plenty enuff for a dozen of realplayers).

    Anyway, I'm not the realplayer type-a guy, but I still give it a 3 cause it shows some talent. It's a pity that only "some".

  316. 1 out of 5 stars
    Gryzor

    Reviewing Build 6.0.12.883 (Jul 20, 2004)

    Bloat, bloat, bloat. Messed-up interface/options, very annoying, intrusive, non-respecting. Try RealAlternative instead...

  317. 3 out of 5 stars
    donpacman

    Reviewing Build 6.0.12.883 (Jul 20, 2004)

    This has been out now for at least five days...
    "Hell has frozen over" I've been using RealPlayer 10 now for two weeks and this version isn't that bad... it could be better like less clicking to get where you want to!
    I would never pay for plus but I would crack RP10 with no problems!!!
    I would not be surprised if all the adware comes back some time down the road.
    This RealPlayer 10 Gold has No Adware or Spyware (confirmed) "for now".
    I would keep a copy of WinAMP close...just in case greed shows has adware again.

  318. 2 out of 5 stars
    guevara

    Reviewing Build 6.0.12.883 (Jul 19, 2004)

    Ok
    i agree.
    but it's a nice player.
    But
    Ok it got spyware and very slow

    And they really want your money in that compagny


    maybe we have to find A new standard
    player

  319. 1 out of 5 stars
    mike_loldrup

    Reviewing Build 6.0.12.883 (Jul 19, 2004)

    Mony make the world go around.
    and this one like to make you pay in a near future.
    **** real audio player.
    Make a new standard use winamp
    **** all those monymakers

  320. 3 out of 5 stars
    piter1

    Reviewing Build 6.0.12.883 (Jul 19, 2004)

    RealAlternative is better (read lighter & faster)

  321. 4 out of 5 stars
    Zulithe

    Reviewing Build 6.0.12.883 (Jul 19, 2004)

    If you have problems with Realplayer 10 read this thread: http://forum.doom9.org/s...82da&threadid=68399
    Some of the more common problems are discussed there. Realplayer 10 is great IMO, not the best but still a vast improvement over RealOne version 1 and 2

  322. 3 out of 5 stars
    mr_george_bush_president

    Reviewing Build 6.0.12.883 (Jul 19, 2004)

    hmmm. want you to buy more.

    (spyware maybe.)

    ok let's stay on Winamp. much better player and no spyware
    and mdediaplayer izzzz better and they dont ask money from the start
    Love to your all
    George Bush

  323. 1 out of 5 stars
    JohnnySkidmark

    Reviewing Build 6.0.12.883 (Jul 19, 2004)

    I just upgraded to the new version and it's already crashed and given me "Fatal Application Exit - EXITING APPLICATION" errors five times in ten minutes. I tried to get it to crash again so I could write down the dialog box for this review, but when I tried to open a menu it froze!

    Terrible. Just terrible. Unless this version introduces some new conflict with my particular system, I'd recommend sticking with the previous build.

  324. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (Jun 13, 2004)

    This player will play almost any file you can throw at it. It'll even play Windows Media files (WMP can't player Real Player files). It'll read tracks purchased in iTunes and it'll work with the widest range of mp3 players I've ever seen on a free media player.

    Probably the best free will get you. Just a few minor features keep it ahead of the pack in my opinion.

  325. 2 out of 5 stars
    blackpages

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 17, 2004)

    default gui can be look better and be friendlier. Real should let more apps use its codec. It should record streams, and video data without a user having to setup a proxy. it's ok for playing real media and channels, and not much else.

  326. 1 out of 5 stars
    MadCoder

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 17, 2004)

    Extremely limited functionality and very low user-friendliness. I can't believe how many clicks and mouse movements are required just to switch to a full-screen playback mode when viewing clip on a Web page. Ugly green interface, no Alt+Enter for full screen, the usable clip area is small due to all the status bars and think borders.. Give me a hammer, I will fix this.

  327. 5 out of 5 stars
    ogman

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 16, 2004)

    A excellent player and service that just gets better all the time.

  328. 5 out of 5 stars
    geekz

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 16, 2004)

    An extra 5 stars for my buddy don!

  329. 3 out of 5 stars
    robmanic44

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 15, 2004)

    Wow! This sure seems more like a schoolyard than a review site. If you like the software say so, if you don't that's fine too. What's all the name-calling about? I've never particularly liked RealPlayer, but I also don't particularly like loudmouths either.

  330. 1 out of 5 stars
    donpacman

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 15, 2004)

    RealPlayer is still useless...surprise

  331. 5 out of 5 stars
    BonnieD

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 15, 2004)

    Excellent, gets better all the time!

  332. 5 out of 5 stars
    Zulithe

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 15, 2004)

    No, it is still Realplayer 10, it hasn't went back down. This is Realplayer 10 BUILD 6.0.12.872 (says so under 'About'). And I like it. Realplayer has improved a lot since the RealOne/RealOne v2 days. This build has also fixed the problem with realsched.exe always started even when it is disabled. It won't do that anymore. Read this thread for more tips and info from a Real developer: http://forum.doom9.org/s...2415&threadid=68399

  333. 5 out of 5 stars
    eL MaesTro

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 15, 2004)

    Though I know its just a build tag nr. Im still getting the headaches. They went back to 6 or what? Real Player 8 then Real ONE, then Real Player 10 , now back to 6 again ??!?. . . . . o_0

  334. 2 out of 5 stars
    altblitz

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 15, 2004)

    technically speaking, Real has no advantage over other players.
    worse than others, too restricted options and settings, which suits the most undemanding users (read clueless n00bs)
    in Reality, the codec itself is not the best One (ironically, RealOne)

    no reason to have this player at all

  335. 5 out of 5 stars
    Neoprimal

    Reviewing 6.0.12.872 (May 15, 2004)

    It's sad that Fileforum still has no kind of screening for reviews.

    Anyhow - Realplayer isn't bad at all. It's comparable to Windows Media Player 10. They both have top notch organizational techniques and play a plethora of different media. Real's only advantage over wmp is it's ability to play the widely used realplayer proprietory codec.

    All *startup* additions that real puts into the registry can be disabled by going into the *real message center* and finding the *options* and unchecking everything. After doing this, I've had nothing from Real in my startup.

    It's not a bad player at all. The 'bloatedness' that people refer to, is the fact that the program is packed with features and nifty ways to do things. You can also get a ton of plugins that expand the player that much more.

    Silly, stupid, idiotic people that don't know how to look for and uncheck startup options should stay far away from this program (or it will put things into your startup EVERY time you take it out).

    Also, people who decide they may have to use 60 percent of their brain power to set it up, should stay away and let those who are using .0000000000001 percent of it handle the 2 minute setup process.

    Simple minded people who don't like change or options can always stick with the old fave, winamp and foobar and let those who can, deal with Realplayer.

    5 stars for a well developed program.

  336. 2 out of 5 stars
    Ziad270

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 29, 2004)

    One more precision: In fact...i use RealAlternative instead of real one.
    Ziad

  337. 5 out of 5 stars
    ogman

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 27, 2004)

    Winamp is the review below this one donpacman, but it was nice to see you move all the way up to sixth grade language usage.

    5 stars for an excellent player - RealOne!

  338. 1 out of 5 stars
    donpacman

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 26, 2004)

    Hey, ogman could you extract your cranium from your dirt hole long enough to smell the roses...WinAMP kicks RealPlayers proverbial ass!!!

  339. 5 out of 5 stars
    geekz

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 26, 2004)

    Winamp is the next review down. 5 stars for Real.

  340. 2 out of 5 stars
    MadCoder

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 26, 2004)

    WinAmp comes with awesome plugins and is FREE. What does this thing have? The jerking sheep video plugin. WMP isn't much better...

  341. 1 out of 5 stars
    grdh20

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 26, 2004)

    one word: "annoying" every time it plays anything it puts something in the startup menu (msconfig) and when you uncheck it, as soon as RP launces again, back it comes. No thanks.

  342. 3 out of 5 stars
    wd40

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 26, 2004)

    Just get RealOne Corporate Desktop. No extra crap and it's only like 8 megs.

    http://forms.real.com/rn...ts/tools/red/index.html

  343. 3 out of 5 stars
    ditroia

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 26, 2004)

    Real Player is Ok. I hate the fact that every time I install a new version not only do I have to send 5 minutes reconfiguring it. but that sometimes I have to re-download plugins. Could be a lotter better, but it's not that bad.

  344. 5 out of 5 stars
    -Overlord-

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 26, 2004)

    Good player. I use the music store, too. NO DRM!!!

  345. 5 out of 5 stars
    rakmup01

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 26, 2004)

    Oh give me a break! "REALPLAYER IS DEAD AND BLOATED...DOA Anybody who likes this s*** ware is ****ed in the head!!!" Something about considering the source comes to mind. It's a good program that have been unfairly trashed by children.

  346. 5 out of 5 stars
    cees2000

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 26, 2004)

    much much better than windows media player!!!!!

  347. 5 out of 5 stars
    bangbang023

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 25, 2004)

    For those of you saying realsched launches when you launch real, I don't know what you are doing differently than me, but I can run and leave real open and realsched does not launch. I have no altered the file at all.

  348. 5 out of 5 stars
    eL MaesTro

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 25, 2004)

    This USED to be crap, when the time realone gold, and that stuff, but HEY !!! now its a coola playa. very nice , zero adware, not intrusive, and you can even find a lite version, even lighter!!! :) good turnaround

  349. 5 out of 5 stars
    mastercpu

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 25, 2004)

    Just installed it and I like it! The music store looks good, too.

  350. 5 out of 5 stars
    ranasrule

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 25, 2004)

    horrible prog,......hasnt been worth installing since version 8.....stick to real alternative

  351. 2 out of 5 stars
     

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 25, 2004)

    Ugh geez you guys make this so difficult. It's not the message center, it's the hidden Real Scheduler. You CAN disable it, but that does NOT prevent it from launching. Maybe it launches and does NOTHING, but I DON'T WANT IT RUNNING AT ALL! And to do that, you can't just disable it in the options. As for the goofballs who keep saying "here they come", yeah, "here come" the people who don't like their systems littered with a billion registry entries and files, and having an untold slew of modules to account for, with cartoonish graphics shoved in their face, and executables launching behind their backs (I mean, come on now: The realsched registry run entry tries TWO TIMES to insert itself before setup is even complete. Disallow it, and it just keeps on trying.)

  352. 5 out of 5 stars
    BonnieD

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 25, 2004)

    Awesome media player!

  353. 2 out of 5 stars
    cakePie

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 25, 2004)

    Um.. the last time I needed to play a realmedia file was freaking 1996. 2 stars because it appears to run... I guess.

  354. 5 out of 5 stars
    coover

    Reviewing 10.0 Final Build 6.0.12.857 (Mar 25, 2004)

    Real Player is Real Bad!

  355. 3 out of 5 stars
    scodan

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.872 (Feb 22, 2004)

    Don't waste your time, Neoprimal; newbie kiddies like roj will continue to believe what they believe, even though they cannot substantiate it with even the slightest bit of actual, reproducible evidence.

  356. 4 out of 5 stars
    Neoprimal

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.872 (Feb 8, 2004)

    The only problems I find ever with Real, period, are the message center and the processes it runs on startup, like realsched. etc. (or what so many over reactively class as spyware). I disable all that within the program. On checking the processes, nothing's leftover, so I don't myself term this as spyware, because you can disable all that. And for anyone who decides to take me up on this by referencing the ports that real opens and closes as such - it's an interactive online media player, how do you think they find the info for the CD or DVD or MP3 you're playing, or beam ads to the banners .. etc .. etc?
    They're not taking your name, address, phone number, or credit card number....and if they're not taking that - then what the hell? Have something to hide?

    As for the adware - it's understandable, as the program is provided somewhat free of charge. There are others you can get....but this program is not as horrible as some of the users on here are saying. And some of those lite programs I wouldn't recommend to my worst enemy.

    All in all...if you're not a paranoid freak, convinced that Microsoft or the Government are trying to get you, and you are into neatly organizing and playing lots of movies and music, give it a shot.

    If you hate Microsoft, and believe that anything on your PC that opens ports or makes a little popup come up are spyware or absolutely hate banners and desktop ads and such, or that the Government, RIAA, Movie makers and all that are trying to get you...maybe you should stick to foobar.

  357. 1 out of 5 stars
    m2.k

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.872 (Feb 8, 2004)

    Bloated, adware. Real Alternative is the way to go

  358. 1 out of 5 stars
    tedbieri

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.872 (Feb 8, 2004)

    If it says adware it is a big pain in the a_s! Lets just be honest its not us the reviewers that have the problem, its the poor newbies that got that comp for xmas that are going to be bringing their comp into my store to have the garbage cleaned off because they don't know what adware or spyware is. So in conclusion, I give all adware programs 5 stars for makin me $$$$! and 1 star for the pain in the a_s for the newbies!

  359. 1 out of 5 stars
    matt2971

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.872 (Feb 8, 2004)

    Real HAS contained spyware in the past - that's a fact. Whether it does now I have no idea, because I'd never install anything as horribly bloated as this on my PC....

  360. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.872 (Feb 8, 2004)

    (5 star rating to offset the idiot 1 star spyware rating).

  361. 1 out of 5 stars
    star51L

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.872 (Feb 7, 2004)

    You have a valid point scodan, but I have yet to get any security alerts for Real Alternative :P

  362. 1 out of 5 stars
    Computer Rodent

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.872 (Feb 7, 2004)

    ... BetaNews continues to promote dispicable spyware programs like RealOne, while being an implacable hater of Microsoft ! What's wrong with this picture ? ... The DataRat ...

  363. 1 out of 5 stars
    donpacman

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.872 (Feb 7, 2004)

    Dead and bloated 2.0

  364. 1 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.872 (Feb 7, 2004)

    Most of the neophytes who dismiss the claims of spyware wouldn't recognize it if it reached up and bit them in the ass. They're the same bunch of kids who praise trash like MusicMatch Jukebox as being the be-all and end-all of media players. A subtle hint kchildren: try turning on your firewall logs and actually READING them. Oh, I forgot - you wouldn't have a clue what the information meant anyway (assuming of course that you were intelligent enough to even have a firewall in the first place which is something I sincerely doubt). After all, it's not spelled out in terms of "see spot run - run spot run". Real has a long history of producing garbage - this just the latest flavor. It is also one of the newest johnny-come-latelies to jump on the whole "please pay me far too much for lossy online music" con job bandwagon. To the other more sensible readers who recognize Real wares for what they actually are: don't waste your time dissing the proponents of the junk. After all, those who use it actually *deserve it*.

  365. 4 out of 5 stars
    Enamour

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 31, 2004)

    Alot better then previous versions. Still a ways to go tho...

  366. 5 out of 5 stars
    virtorio

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 24, 2004)

    I was skeptical to download this, but I was forced to after I installed Real Alternative and rm files no longer played on my computer and when I tried to install RealOne, that didn't work either. However, this new version is great. Its runs fast and memory useage is about average for a media player.

  367. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 10, 2004)

    F*cking hell! Go and review RealPlayer Alternative if you love it. But this review is for RealPlayer by Real Networks idiot!

  368. 2 out of 5 stars
    -Lord-

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 9, 2004)

    If all you want is something to watch *.rm, *.ram etc... with no other use for the program, then this is not for you. Real Player Alternative is a much better choice for that. This one does dump a bunch of crap though, and you have to either uninstall, regedit, or msconfig to get the damn thing to stop loading at boot time. Try to not be so pervasive! That's what makes for system crashes. All these apps trying to take as much resources for themselves, and getting in the way of other things.

  369. 5 out of 5 stars
    Dwarden

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 9, 2004)

    So far massive stability and speed improvements over 9.x, memory used by program drastically reduced and beating most of same class opponents ... i'm really happy with this one (finally).

  370. 4 out of 5 stars
    jkamenetz

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 9, 2004)

    I think it is pretty good actually.

  371. 5 out of 5 stars
    phrentec

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 9, 2004)

    http://forum.doom9.org/s...p?s=&threadid=68245

  372. 4 out of 5 stars
    bsf

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 9, 2004)

    I don't think Realplayer is the best player out in the internet right now, but calling it spyware or bloatware is just stupid.

    First of all, if you think it's too bloated, download the Real Corporate Player thingy.. since it got nothing but the player.. nothing else. And these features in realplayer or realone exist for a reason. I develope streaming media from time to time, and i find these features to be extremely useful. Real Alternative is nice, but i don't think everyone realize that there ARE few features that real alternative doesn't support 100%. Especially in the authentication area, and international language authentication thing..

  373. 1 out of 5 stars
    Grid

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    My review IS a review because I've tried this version as well as others, genius. I only comment of software that I have used. It is still a worthless player. As for the reinstallation, I was referring to older versions, and I didn't bother to even try to uninstall this version because I just formatted my hard drive, right after I made my first review. I do this once a year, at least. I basically installed it for the hell of it. Now, what older versions did was copy their original installer to an obscure folder and even after uninstallation, REINSTALL itself! This is not the first application to do so. Others have done it in order to fix the application, such as Adobe Reader and Windows Media Player. As for my mentioning of GRC, it was simply a notable fact and not just a hateful nobody writing a know-nothing review. I have done my research. No one should simply disregard someone else's review just because that person didn't specifically state that they tried that piece of software. -- Grid --

  374. 5 out of 5 stars
    dr_goodbytes

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    i've been running this for a day now (i found it before it was submmitted here) i was a bit wary of it, but decided that to get support for the new video formats i had to install it (or get real alternative, which i think is barely-legal). I think this is the best version of Realplayer yet, you can quite easily tell it not to re-associate filetypes (and you only need to tell it once) i didn't find any annoying pop-ups or ads. the fact is that real has been listening to the critics and made those changes for your benifit. it's really easy to stop the player from sending information to providers / tech support.
    it doesn't install any spyware / adware. it actually looks good. if you have quicktime installed you can play quicktime files through it. it's also my understanding that the latest version of Media Player Classic works with realplayer 10, and i haven't found anything to suggest otherwise. all in all i think it's a terrific player that is everything realplayer should've been in the first place.

  375. 1 out of 5 stars
    razorhasyou

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    This is BIG s***. Use Real Alternative 1.12 RC3 instead.

  376. 1 out of 5 stars
    Ehrihk

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    It looks nice but that's all that's good about it. It has way too many features that are usless. I don't think people want a browser in their media player. It also tries to take all of your files for itself. Go get Real Alternative and use Media Player Classic, now that's a media player!!

  377. 1 out of 5 stars
    BillBraskey

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    Using RealPlayer is like having a large metal rod inserted into your anus. This is the WORST program on the internet. It installs assloads of s*** you do not need and militantly keeps changing it's settings to stay loaded constantly, even when you specify for it do otherwise. RealNetworks should be shut down.

  378. 1 out of 5 stars
    finalcut

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    realplayer LOL

  379. 1 out of 5 stars
    Martyn007

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    This program is terrible, it is too slow and packed with unnecessary things. Why pay for something like this when you can get an alternative for free that is faster and better looking? If real started over with a fast, sleek and free player then I would opt in for that but for now I am keeping away from Real Player.

  380. 1 out of 5 stars
    joske

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    bloatware.

  381. 1 out of 5 stars
    matt2971

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    Media player for the masses.... i.e the 90% of people on the internet who are clueless.

  382. 1 out of 5 stars
    Tokar

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    Once you install real alternative, the codecs are installed to play Real Media files in not only Media Player Classic, which comes with Real Alternative, but Windows Media Player as well.

  383. 1 out of 5 stars
    Zulithe

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    Realplayer is a joke. The player looks kinda nice but it performs badly and takes up large amounts of memory. Very unnecessary! I agree, use Real Alternative instead and avoid this bloated JUNKWARE (as I call it)

  384. 1 out of 5 stars
    H8TEIRIS

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    the worst... i hate anything from real

  385. 1 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    I agree with dzjepp. Buggy bloat. Spyware. Banned on my home network. Use Real Alternative instead.

  386. 1 out of 5 stars
    dzjepp

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    http://fileforum.betanew...ail.php3?fid=1054136293 - Download this instead. Real Alternative 1.12 RC3

  387. 3 out of 5 stars
    Darkk

    Reviewing 10.0 Beta (Jan 8, 2004)

    After installing the RealPlayer 10 Beta on a fully updated Windows 2000 system, Norton Anti-Virus 2002 refuses to shut down on a computer shutdown or restart. I get the error message that the (anti-virus) program is not responding.

    Installing RealPlayer is the only change that could have been responsible for this behavior.

    Is anyone else seeing this behavior.

  388. 3 out of 5 stars
    scodan

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.864 (Jan 1, 2004)

    The idiotic and endless spyware claims--which are NEVER substantiated--should really stop. It's old. It's tired. Let it die. That said, I hate the way RealOne Player always insists on launching at full volume, no matter how it is shut down. I hate the default options. I love the quality (better than Windoze Media). Orlando, I use Media Player Classic, and it's a neat little freebie, but it ain't the most stable thing in the world. Just a couple minutes ago, it crashed as I tried to play a RAM file at CDUniverse.com. Oh, and kids, the URL for RealOne Enterprise Desktop is http://www.realnetworks....products/red/index.html. You're welcome.

  389. 5 out of 5 stars
    ryanraab

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.864 (Nov 13, 2003)

    New version out 6.0.11.868 Don't know whats new though. This is a very good software I don't recommend media player classic or any of those other ones. Realone can provide you with better support anyways. Also I'm with the other guy for saying it keeps on getting better.

  390. 1 out of 5 stars
    blackpages

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.864 (Aug 30, 2003)

    can't save or record any stream without using camtasia, streambox vcr, etc, even after paying real.

  391. 1 out of 5 stars
    tdean1

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.864 (Aug 23, 2003)

    Does anyone know where to get the Real Player codecs without installing the realplayer?

  392. 1 out of 5 stars
    Orlando

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.864 (Aug 23, 2003)

    Why use RealOne? "Media Player Classic" is a multimedia player that looks almost exactly like Windows Media Player 6.4 but Media Player Classic can play almost any type of media file including RealOne, Quicktime, MP3, MPG, etc. and even DVD's. You still have to load RealOne and Quicktime just to get their codecs onto your computer, but after that you never have to run the RealOne or Quicktime players. MPC is a VERY small program (no bloatware here). You can download Media Player Classic here...
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli

  393. 5 out of 5 stars
    tekken

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.864 (Aug 23, 2003)

    Oh man, dude, To Aires, hey thanks telling us about the Realone Enterprise Desktop. I've been searching for a trimmed down version of Real player for a long time. I know there is Real ALTERNATIVE. but that thing only works for Audio and video is still really choppy. Its like watching a slide show on my PC for some reason.

  394. 4 out of 5 stars
    Aires

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.864 (Aug 22, 2003)

    I like this software. All the crap about spyware and AOLware etc is just that - all crap. Crap crap crap. I'd choose RealOne over Windows Media Player any day. But the reason this has got 4 stars and not 5, is because there's something called 'RealOne Enterprise Desktop' which isn't very well known about. It's very similair to RealOne with one big difference - the Options. If you think RealOne's Options are too OTT (as I do) and you miss the simplicity of Real Player's options, then grab hold of a copy of 'RealOne Enterprise Desktop'. It's extraordinarily streamlined and really reminds me of Real player - *a lot*. But you have to ask yourself - why didn't I know about this before though? Hmm? (Just search for it at RealNetworks).

  395. 5 out of 5 stars
    IanT3cs

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.864 (Aug 22, 2003)

    Oops, missed the stars, should have been minus 5.

  396. 3 out of 5 stars
    vasarnap2000

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.864 (Aug 22, 2003)

    I do not understand why even software evaluations have to stoop to using the argument that "America is an evil country and is trying to take us over."

    If you do not like the software "Ozieo" that's fine; but do not allow your hatred of the United States of America to get in the way of an honest evaluation.

  397. 2 out of 5 stars
    Aristo

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.853 (Mar 19, 2003)

    Anyone knows how to stop the occasional popup from RealOne Player?

  398. 1 out of 5 stars
    Perezoso

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.853 (Mar 17, 2003)

    Oops :D

  399. 1 out of 5 stars
    Orlando

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.853 (Dec 19, 2002)

    Use "Media Player Classic" to play almost EVERY file type (including Real Media files). About the only file type it won't play is Quicktime Movie files. This program will even play your DVD's. It looks almost exactly like Windows Media Player 6.4 but has many more options. You still have to install RealOne onto your computer just to get the codecs, but you never have to run the RealOne player. "Media Player Classic" is the only player I use. Here's where you can get it...

    http://vobsub.edensrising.com/mpc.php

    Oh, by the way, it's freeware and is an extremely small download (no bloatware here).

  400. 1 out of 5 stars
    robbit

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.853 (Dec 19, 2002)

    There is no way I'd use their software ever again!

    I originally paid for the software over an year ago, had a look at the services they were offering which was poor (far too american based programming).

    I had the services for a month then I cancelled, 8 months later I get an email from Realplayer that they tried to debit my credit card for the european services! WTF! Now they try to take money off you when you haven't even signed up for it and they ignore your emails complaining about it.

    So beware of Real they might steal your money if you are not aware of it!

  401. 3 out of 5 stars
    CycloneX

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    I've used the program and it's come along way from associating file types even after uninstalling it(dang icons)...now it dosen't do that anymore.The things you take care of when installing and then you get a popup telling you that there is message,With the basic ? I don't need messages.So off it went and now I'm using Quicktime player on my Windows from Apple computer (it works for Windows too!)

  402. 2 out of 5 stars
    WRFan

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    I give 2 stars. first, because it's easy to eradicate adware by changing the source code of the included html files, second, because realone player is the only player that can play incomplete video files, which is helpful if you download something from p2p or irc and want to watch the videos before the download is finished. virtualdub can do it too, but you can't really use virtualdub to watch movies, it's uncomfortable

  403. 5 out of 5 stars
    ezh

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    BTW what I do not like in it - it don't let me choose the browser engine it uses. :(

  404. 1 out of 5 stars
    Somnambulator

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    the functionality is desent but there are MUCH better appz out there. try winamp running the Bluecave winamp slider plugin (www.bluecave.com) and you'll never use anythig else foir audio. this program eats your resources, time, and screen space alive as it intrudes in every aspect of your OS. uninstall it? it stays. you may not be able to run the program, but it doesnt mean it deleted everything it installed. you gotta use reg cleaners to finish the job. oh and if you must use this pile of garbage, at least load up regedit or tweakui or X-Setup etc to stop it from loading at startup b/c even if you tell it not to startup with windows, it does it anyway. --the most bloated piece of spyware and intrusion ive ever seen, period. (yes, it is worse than Kazaa - if you dont use Kazaa lite, why are you running Kazaa?)

  405. 2 out of 5 stars
    thurston

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    Pretty weak application even for an early beta. It doesn't do anything automatically (like download newsgroup lists, it requires you to type in the name of the newsgroup you want). Also, there is no feedback in the main interface while it's processing posts, it all happens in a log window? Not worth the download, just use XNews.

  406. 1 out of 5 stars
    xxdieseltomxx

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    I HATE REL PLAYER ONE GO BACK TO REGULAR REALL Y PLAYER IT SO MUCH BETTA

  407. 1 out of 5 stars
    ynjhs

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    don't bother with Real. They are getting so bad, its just rediculous.

  408. 1 out of 5 stars
    hammontree

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    Real has gotten so bad that i don't even bother installing it! If a media file i come across is a real i just skip it! It is not worth the hassle!

  409. 4 out of 5 stars
    Shmanky

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    Holy cow am I really giving it a 4/5? Yes it's bloated. Yes it tries to place shortcuts everywhere (if you choose the default install). Yes it pops up adverts trying to get you to buy its premium product. Yes it has lost the trust of its customers. But if we resist the urge to rate Real Player on its marketing and just look at the client, we may see a winner here. The interface is very sleek and user friendly. Creating playlists and adding files is very intuitive. And because it plays my streaming MP3 audio which Windows Media Player 8 doesn't, I don't have to install Winamp. And because it plays my WMA and video files, which Winamp doesn't, I don't have to use Windows Media Player. For marketing, Real gets a failing grade. But for the client itself it gets a four because the client is strangely unresponsive on my rather modern system.

  410. 1 out of 5 stars
    bluelabel

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    $9.95 per month? waaaw anyways its bloated i'll stick with an older version

  411. 1 out of 5 stars
    JEdwardP

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 24, 2002)

    It's bloated, full of spyware, and a teaser for their $9.95/mo. service, the very idea of which insults an above-average computing intelligence. Whatever's happened to Real Networks is an inexcusable shame; their once-good software now seems to establish a new low with each major release. QCD is my favorite audio player, but I'd also prefer several others to this beast.

  412. 3 out of 5 stars
    keystroke

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.830 (Nov 23, 2002)

    Nothing new noticed in 6.0.11.830 as compared to 6.0.11.818.. doesn't seem as though there is any extra spy-ware/ad-aware/etc. though :)

  413. 1 out of 5 stars
    sinesolis

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.818 (Sep 28, 2002)

    It has a pretty GUI but that's about it. I kinda like the all in one thing but the fact that you can't choose a "never" option in the message center drives me insane. All in all I don't like it I only have it and will only get the free version to play the occasional .rm and .ram file extensions. which is pretty said that I have to have all this bloat on my system for maybe one or two plays a month.

  414. 1 out of 5 stars
    Zootopia3000

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.818 (Sep 27, 2002)

    Won't even touch it anymore. Just waaaay too many registry entries with RealPlayer G2 and above. I uninstalled(and manually cleaned out the file/registry garbage left behind) RealOne and went back to RealPlayer 5 a couple-o-days ago.

    However, my main reason for gettin' rid of RealOne was that many Real links are now GoldPass. Find no need to keep the "bloated" free player if much of the Real content out there now is $9.95-a-month GoldPass content.

    While I was at it with RealOne I also went back to QuickTime 2.12. IMHO, QuickTime is only needed for movie trailers. Heck, many sites now offer Windows Media movie trailers as an alternative.

  415. 1 out of 5 stars
    jrepin

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.818 (Sep 27, 2002)

    This media player is completely terrible. I think I haven't seen any more bloated app then this. And it screws with your system just way too much. I'll continue to use Winamp Classic for audio files and Zoom Player for video.

  416. 1 out of 5 stars
    docco

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.818 (Sep 27, 2002)

    This is one of the most invasive program I've ever seen! it adds itself to pretty much anywhere in the OS, it keeps trying to load itself on Windows startup, its just so annoying!

  417. 1 out of 5 stars
    CyberDoc999

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.818 (Sep 27, 2002)

    Bad.... evil

  418. 1 out of 5 stars
    xweston

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.818 (Sep 27, 2002)

    This program is terrible.

    Shouldnt it be called "RealTwo Player" ?

  419. 2 out of 5 stars
    MMPD

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.818 (Sep 26, 2002)

    Needs a ton of work..... Personnaly I only would use this if you absolutely have to use it...

  420. 2 out of 5 stars
    busta

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 6.0.11.818 (Sep 26, 2002)

    If you do install it, please don't use it to make MP3s to share on P2P. P2P is already saturated with horrid sounding Xing MP3 encodes from RealOne/Jukebox (and AudioCatalyst).

  421. 5 out of 5 stars
    So-Unreal

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 22, 2002)

    I use Realone to play .mp3's cause I hate Winamp. Windows Media Player sucks for a playlist. Forget all of the other reviews with 1's. Give this app more then 5 mins of play time.

  422. 1 out of 5 stars
    Klaude

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    ZERO. A weapon of mass destruction lol

  423. 1 out of 5 stars
    grdh20

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    The lowest rating is 1 star, but I give it a big ZERO stars.

    I guess if you like AOL, you will like Real One.

  424. 1 out of 5 stars
    rate

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    It's a shame to see Real Networks software become complete donkey s***. The only reason they are still in business is because of their file format (.rm, .ram, etc..) So the only reason someone might download their donkey s*** software is to play some audio/video that is only available in in Real format. Otherwise their a** would have declared Chapter 11 long ago. Now RealNetworks knows this, and they know that dummies, newbies, and old ladies can't tell the difference between quality software and donkey s*** since there's no big sign on www.real.com stating: 'REAL PLAYER IS DONKEY s***', and they just want to listen/watch their Real Audio/Video, so they will go ahead and download RealOne.
    Crap, even www.amazon.com provides Samples of songs only in Real format.

    I say Real is obsolete, crapware, bloatware, adware, donkey s***

  425. 1 out of 5 stars
    deemon

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    lameware it is! phehee.. cool spam window it has.. lol

  426. 1 out of 5 stars
    cy_clops

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    Oh.. and one more thing.. EVERYONE hates this program, gives it low scores, yet it's still rating out at 3.7! WHAT is going on here? I know it COULDN'T have gotten that high of ratings early on!

  427. 1 out of 5 stars
    user101

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    This program pisses me off in more ways than one. First, it puts junk on my hard drive in more places than I have time to look. I can't just install it with a shortcut. I have to install it with 50 gazillion shorcuts, each for a different purpose. Then, I have to keep removing crap from the startup group in my registry. This program keeps placing links there so that it can check for updates or whatever else it wants to check. Removing the link doesn't help because when the program is run, it puts the link right back. And if I wasn't pissed off enough already at this point, the program really insists on taking over every imaginable file that it thinks it can play on my hard drive. Trying to change this isn't easy. Oh, no. That would defeat the concept of good software. I have to dig through menus just so Winamp (2.x NOT 3) can play my mp3's, like I want it to, and keep playing them.

    P.S. To the person below me: if you're going to write that a program sucks, try not giving it 5 stars. Just a thought.

  428. 5 out of 5 stars
    SilvergunSuperman

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    This is a ****ing piece of ass-rimming s***!

  429. 1 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    Seems that companies will resort to all sorts of underhanded schemes to command your desktop! just say NO to this spamware/spyware/bloatware! What's discouraging is that dummies, newbies, and old ladies will run across the ubiquitous RealPlayer icon on the Web, and download this crapware. Real knows this, and has no mercy. It's like a cancer growing on the Web. For this, there is a special place in hell for them.

  430. 2 out of 5 stars
    animespy

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    Aah! Send it back from whence it came!

  431. 1 out of 5 stars
    hkchao

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    I wish I could give this bloat/spyware a ZERO !!!

  432. 5 out of 5 stars
    phrentec

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 21, 2002)

    Get realbun. install it with the least features as possible. and get this DONT USE IT. thats right. use media player classic which can play realmedia files using the standard windows media 6.4 interface. no this is not a skin. its a real deal full pledged porgram. vobsub.edensrising.com

  433. 1 out of 5 stars
    Banquo

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 20, 2002)

    Unfortunately 1 is the lowest score I could give it.

    Oh sure, if you like bloated, buggy programs that want your personal information and constantly flash ads in your face, while asking you to subscribe to most of the content you find with it anyway, this is the program for you.

  434. 1 out of 5 stars
    tvaccari

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 20, 2002)

    Bloatware, Spyware ... Junk!

  435. 1 out of 5 stars
    crabbyappleton

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 20, 2002)

    Can someone give me one reason to download this software?

  436. 1 out of 5 stars
    KAMiKAZOW

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 20, 2002)

    Bloatware, Spyware,....

  437. 2 out of 5 stars
    golbex

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 20, 2002)

    Adware now?? Was it always like that?...
    Well, I'm giving it a 2 because I have quite a few videos in RM format and making a new player (even if it's bloated) is at least better than the company doing nothing at all.

  438. 1 out of 5 stars
    Practice

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 20, 2002)

    SPAM

  439. 1 out of 5 stars
    andrey

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta Build 6.0.11.780 (Aug 20, 2002)

    would have to insert = would not have to insert

  440. 5 out of 5 stars
    CyberDoc999

    Reviewing 6.0.10.505 (Mar 9, 2002)

    Stay with version 8
    the new one is Bloatware

  441. 2 out of 5 stars
    golbex

    Reviewing 6.0.10.505 (Mar 7, 2002)

    Here are 5 reasons I'm staying away from this prog:

    1) This program uses up more resources than RealPlayer 8.
    2) Message Center is an *annoying* feature.
    3) If you like to use the Equalizer or Video Controls, you will be nagged to purchase the premium service.
    4) Auto-loading of the website in the player is also annoying.
    5) 96k is the best bitrate you can record MP3s. UH, MusicMatch, anyone...?

    I'm sticking with Real 8 until this program shapes up. It's not totally bad, though. 2 Stars.

  442. 1 out of 5 stars
    damndj

    Reviewing 6.0.10.505 (Mar 6, 2002)

    I used to be a big fan of RealPlayer. Unfortunately their RealOne player has really turned me off to their product. This has to be the most poorly written piece of software I've used in a long time. Enough so that it made me uninstall it and re-installed an earlier version.

    Despite the fact that I've told RealOne to NOT use certain file types, it still demands that the player opens up, complains to me that "This program has made several attempts to take over the file associations" yadda yadda .. It's utter garbage.

    Same on you Real Networks.. shame on you..

  443. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0.10.505 (Mar 6, 2002)

    I'm afraid I have to pass on this one. I bought Real Player plus two years ago and the fact that I have to buy this version just has turned me off to Real Player. Only reason I use it is alot of my pages are in Real Player and I stream alot from a LINUX box. Both my home boxes uses Real Player 8 but I'm not touching this one.

  444. 1 out of 5 stars
    horst

    Reviewing 6.0.10.505 (Mar 6, 2002)

    This is without any doubt the most obnoxious single-minded player I've ever seen. It's irritating 'feature' of reconfiguring itself on it's own is enough to avoid it. I haven't evaluated for security because it seems to suppose a wide-open, permanently connected system ... it seemed pointless.

  445. 1 out of 5 stars
    DigitalSin

    Reviewing 6.0.10.505 (Mar 6, 2002)

    Real software has to be thr worst, most bloated crap on the net. There was a time when it was great, but those times are long gone. Avoid it like the plague.

  446. 4 out of 5 stars
    benben

    Reviewing 6.0.10.505 (Mar 6, 2002)

    This is a great program however it does have some major problems.
    I first downloaded the beta version in September and once finding out i couldn't use the b*stard until i signed up for an account with Real Networks i was pretty p*ssed off. So i signed up anyway, only to find the computer crashed whenever i tried to sign in.
    So i had to wait to download the next version. This time the sign-in worked, but only after creating another account (my first account didn't seem to work for some reason. strange). I found realone player icons everywhere, and whenever i started my computer up, it claimed i had a "new message in my messagecenter". I promptly turned realone startup off through msconfig, only to find the b*gger regenerated in the startup menu every time it was disabled!
    I also recieved many emails from realone, which i blocked with Outlook XP.
    Problems aside, the player on its own is excellent. It is fast, has a great interface, great sound quality and suppotr for many different audio formats, plus the stupid advertising sidebar is gone. I would gladly pay for this program if the few small (but annoying) problems - it would be the best player around!

  447. 1 out of 5 stars
    emperorubby

    Reviewing 6.0.10.505 (Mar 6, 2002)

    Adwares like this one need to be free. Charging almost 10 bucks is a rip off for a program like this one. Bottom line is, it sucks!

  448. 3 out of 5 stars
    Aristo

    Reviewing 6.0.10.505 (Mar 6, 2002)

    I really dislike the features such as the message center and other stuffs. What I want is a clean real media player and nothing more. The pic quality might improve a bit (I only use it to watch clips on NBA.com) from the last version (7.x or 8.x, don't remember).

  449. 1 out of 5 stars
    Jaybowee

    Reviewing 6.0.10.505 (Mar 5, 2002)

    It would be a nice product if Real Networks would not bloat it with ads...and whats this login screen all the time.... when I click on a file I dont need to log in to some server just to play a file....same with Netscape....forget it... I like WMP

  450. 2 out of 5 stars
    Midknight

    Reviewing 6.0.10.446 Beta (Feb 8, 2002)

    I am sorry to say that I cant say that I like this change from real network its a ok player but this login feature is to much of a bug I have one computer offline and I put realone it and after about 5 times I got stuck becous I culdn not login!!! otherwise it is a good update from real player better than apple's quick time but not as good as media player

  451. 5 out of 5 stars
    deryk

    Reviewing 6.0.10.446 Beta (Feb 8, 2002)

    3rd patch of the day... hehe... I think we're on a war of stamina here - who gives up first? Let it be AOL!!
    These guys are amazing. That's quite some support for a free product - far better than you get for most commercial products!

    Nice to have AIM working for a bit, even if it's just a couple of hours.

  452. 5 out of 5 stars
    djdanska

    Reviewing 6.0.10.446 Beta (Feb 8, 2002)

    I have my aim back! Great!

  453. 3 out of 5 stars
    Xdrian

    Reviewing 6.0.10.446 Beta (Dec 24, 2001)

    Its an ok program but i agree that to pay 10 bucks a month for service is a waste for this

  454. 4 out of 5 stars
    horhe

    Reviewing 6.0.10.446 Beta (Dec 6, 2001)

    still has a few minor bugs though...

  455. 3 out of 5 stars
    Gott

    Reviewing 6.0.10.446 Beta (Dec 4, 2001)

    Checked all preferences and there seems no easy way of getting rid of all the bloody resource eaters and phone home utils this new version of Realplayer loads on boot and the processes that keep running when RealONE is closed (TKBell, RNDial, eventsvc).
    But of course there is a way of disabling it:
    1. Kill all real processes in the taskmanager (eventsvc, rndial etc.)
    2. Got to %program files folder%\%shared files folder%\Real\Update_OB
    3. Simply delete or rename this folder (for example "Update_OB.disabled") [If this is not possible there are still running real processes in the background, kill them!]
    4. Select "Yes" on warning message that some programms will not longer run (that´s what we want!)

    You will loose the following "features": Message Center (RealOne ADD delivery service), Autoupdate, constant phone home.
    You will gain a nice looking and rather comfortable app for playing RealMedia and Real streaming content that uses less resources and does far less phonehome!

  456. 5 out of 5 stars
    golbex

    Reviewing 6.0.10.446 Beta (Dec 4, 2001)

    This is a good program. I just don't like to have to pay to upgrade the equalizer and video controls n' such.

  457. 5 out of 5 stars
    animespy

    Reviewing 6.0.10.446 Beta (Dec 4, 2001)

    I like it.

  458. 5 out of 5 stars
    tem0

    Reviewing 8.0 (Aug 19, 2000)

    In the days of 256mb of ram and 60gb hard drives i didn't think these were big issues anymore. Regardless i still think the video quality on my adsl looks great.

  459. 1 out of 5 stars
    sphiggo

    Reviewing 8.0 (Aug 18, 2000)

    tem0, are you a RealNetworks crony here to plug their bloated bas**** child? Doing nothing RealPlayer sucks 7 MB. With the "radio" opened up this grows to 20 MB. Playing a stream the b**** blows another 4 MB. It's not completely useless, but surely they could have made Realbas**** more efficient.

  460. 1 out of 5 stars
    TreMetal

    Reviewing 8.0 (Aug 18, 2000)

    It seems as though EVERYTHING is invisible about this one.

  461. 5 out of 5 stars
    nova897

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 31, 2000)

    Never installed it and never will.
    Real Player G2 (6.0) is fine for me.
    7 sux. 8 i guess does too.
    WinME and RPG2 works great.

    nova897@hotmail.com

  462. 5 out of 5 stars
    chrisiwe

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 23, 2000)

    hallo
    Alle schreiben hier, es braucht 20 ;B odwer 10 MB RAM ist doch egal? oder haben alle bloß 16 MB RAM und Windows 3.1???
    Unterm Windows 2000 ist es egal (ich hab 128 MB RAM + 512 MB Swap zugewisen)
    also ein programm nach seinem speicherbedarf zu beurteilen ist doch wohl kindisch

  463. 1 out of 5 stars
    Tridus

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 23, 2000)

    Ok... lets summarize. Its big. Its ugly. Its bloated. It by default turns on that smartcenter crap.

    The sooner this gets replaced by something that doesn't totally suck, the better off the world will be.

    Of course they could make it not so bad by making a "lite" version which removes all the garbage and *gasp*, simply plays streams. Of course these days, software that does only one thing is almost unheard of. Lets spread the bloat!

  464. 1 out of 5 stars
    aalaap

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 23, 2000)

    Buggy, bulky, bloated, ..bah !!!

  465. 5 out of 5 stars
    mmaccana

    Reviewing 7.0 Beta 2 (May 23, 2000)

    Quite liked it. It's nice to see Real is actually doing a proper Linux standard port - ie, packages rather than dodgy tarballs. GTK or QT would be nice too, but I guess Real like their own interface. It's also a neat tie in with their Realserver / Redhat bundle.

    What's bad; I want a version eight. I want to save anything to my hard disk, I want Real, Quicktime and WMA codecs in the one product, I want KDE and GNOME icons within the RPM.
    I want the ****er to get into the new millenium. Linux [or Redhat at least] has Truetype fonts. Real should use them.

    And I see no reason to support Glibc 2.0. Nobody else does and it holds the product back.

    It still seems amazingly obvious that Quicktime seems to have the best video encoder on the market. I wish Apple would keep up with Real.

  466. 5 out of 5 stars
    sphiggo

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 23, 2000)

    If my original message wasn't clear, I never said that memory wasn't released when RealPlayer was terminated. What I said is that memory is not released when a stream is stopped. And yes I do know what StartCenter is and I never use that piece of s*** snoopware. And I do know that the memory is held in the clip - even so, It's still an annoying waste, because it's going to have to overwrite the whole clip anyway when a new stream is started. Therefore, while it's idle it should free the damn memory.

  467. 3 out of 5 stars
    qwaszx

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 22, 2000)

    Well im also running it on windows 2000 server and as you said it only uses about 5MB when you first load it. for my test i used the Welcome to RealPlayer clip. when i open that the memory usage goes upto about 10MB, then when i click stop it drops down to about 9MB. the reason its still using more memory is because the clip is still loaded in RAM. however after closing RealPlayer it releases all memory that it was using. If yours isnt relasing memory then maybe you have that useless smartstart thing running in the taskbar. if u have that running then when u close RealPlayer about all your doing is closing the active window. the player itself is still loaded in RAM. They do this because they claim it speeds startup, however i notice almost no difference. one thing i do know about that smart start thing is that after running a packet sniffer on my computer i noticed that every few minutes it connects one of real.com's servers and uploads then downloads somthing.

  468. 1 out of 5 stars
    chinese

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 22, 2000)

    Oh my god.........Bill Gates please take over this over-taking resources player asap

  469. 1 out of 5 stars
    krazydog

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 22, 2000)

    I wanted to download this to see if it had any improvements over RealPlayer 5.0 (saving site passwords, low resource usage, clean interface). Well, I took one look at the screenshot, realized that it's just more bloated crap, and saved myself a 14 meg download. What do you expect from a company run my an ex Microsoft general?

  470. 5 out of 5 stars
    hasnabada

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 22, 2000)

    DI DI D??????? wtf do u mean?? oh btw Realplayer sux :P eheh.. um.. BARAHOONIKA

  471. 1 out of 5 stars
    cman21

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 22, 2000)

    First of all, all i can say about real player is that it can EAD (eat a d***) .heh. It takes up too much resources for me, and Media Player is good enough for me. Also, i dont like the channels on the player either. Thats my 2 cents about the player. In my point of view, it SUCKS.. oh, and di di di

  472. 4 out of 5 stars
    oudoulj

    Reviewing 8.0 Beta (May 22, 2000)

    20Mb! you exaggerate, man! the complete set for the Basic is "only" 13.4Mb :)
    Well RealPlayer remains the best one to play the latest streaming RealVideo so we don't have much choice...
    WMP 7 does not support Real content if my correct.
    RealPlayer tends to get really bulky... like ICQ I guess...

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