We have to admit that it had been years since we used RealPlayer, and we weren't quite sure what to expect from this version. Nor were we particularly excited about trying it out; we have a media player already, thank you, and what could RealPlayer possibly do that we hadn't already seen before? Quite a lot, it turns out. In addition to managing and playing your media, it can also download and convert videos, keep certain content private, and more.
RealPlayer has a sleek and intuitive interface that opened with a page touting its latest features. After a bit of exploration, we realized that RealPlayer could perform expected tasks, such as scanning for existing media on our computer, but that it was also capable of much more. If you've ever needed an easy way to download videos from the Web, RealPlayer can help; the program places a Download This Video button above content on sites like YouTube, and in a matter of moments users can download videos and convert them to a variety of other formats. Private Mode lets you download and store videos securely using a PIN, which is great if your taste in entertainment tends to fall on the mature side; once you exit Private Mode, videos that were downloaded in it are hidden from your library. The program also lets users sign into their Facebook account to view videos recently uploaded by friends. Combined with old standby features like CD burning and management tools for music, videos, and images, these new features make RealPlayer an innovative choice for users who are serious about media.
RealPlayer installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.