Play Real media files in the player of your choice Real Alternative  2 stars

Play Real media files in the player of your choice

Version: 1.9
Size: 6.6 Mb
OS: 9x/ME/NT/2K/XP
CHECKED: 11/04/2009

I say: Real media seems to be all over the place. Until 'podcasting' (god I hate that stupid term - why can't they just call them mp3 downloads and be done with it) the Guardian favored Real to the exclusion of all other alternatives. So having a player which can handle Real stuff is essential. BUT - the official Real player installs a whole heap of crap on your system - e.g. advertising, quick launch and tray items - which hog resources, slowing your system or causing crashes, and without giving you the option to say no and without an easy uninstall option. Awful! (Come on Real - sort it out!) Fortunately there is a Real Alternative - there's certainly a need for one!

They say: "Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer/RealOne Player.

You do need a player that is capable of playing RealMedia. The included Media Player Classic supports it and works very well. Supported: RealAudio (.ra .rpm), RealMedia (.rm .ram .rmvb .rpx .smi .smil), RealText (.rt), ReadPix (.rp), RealMedia embedded in webpages. .smi and .smil files sometimes only play the first part of a clip. This is a limitation of the current Media Player Classic. The RealMedia Browser plugin supports Internet Explorer, Opera, Netscape and Mozilla.

Some advantages compared to RealPlayer :

- Quick and easy install
- It's easy to make an unattended installation
- Proper uninstallation
- No background processes
- Use a player of your own choice
- Low on resources
- No advertising, no registration forms, nothing annoying

Real Alternative - Play Real media files in the player of your choice


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