Thursday, August 17, 2006

Watch and listen to RealMedia without RealPlayer

I cannot stand RealNetwork's RealPlayer and all of the bloatware that comes with it. It is a slow, bulky hog that sinks its roots into your system with a messaging system that seems like it can only be turned off by uninstalling the software. Its installation process not only demands your full attention to keep it from hijacking all of your file associations, but it also requires registration so they can get their grubby hands on my email address.

Apparently some bad press about their software has prompted RealNetworks to clean up their act a bit, but trust is a difficult thing to regain once you've lost it, so I've done without. It was a pain not to be able to view or listen to some content, but I've managed to get along.

Now I can have my cake and eat it too, for now. I recently discovered an application called Real Alternative/Media Player Classic that is capable of listening to both RealMedia audio and video without having to install RealNetwork's software. Apparently, it's been around for a while now. So far, it has worked great, and I highly recommend it. Follow the link below to try it for yourself.


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Blogger Kato said...

Real Alternative is definitely very cool. There is also a Quicktime Alternative that does the same thing for QT. Both rest on top of Media Player Classic.

Hopefully, though, the Real format will just die out soon. With broadband access more and more prevelent, the need for it seems to be diminishing.

Mon Aug 21, 01:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger VNV said...

Hi - Thanks for the info, was useful. We got some sites were it requires us to have real player to listen to streamin music. Will this be enough for that? - Vivek (

Mon Aug 21, 10:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger brad77 said...

Yeah, vnv. That should do the trick!

Mon Aug 21, 10:34:00 PM PDT  

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