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RealPlayer 16 maintains its redesign from version 15 but changes a couple things under the hood, most notably the original "Featured" video section.

Installation process remains the same: Real uses a stub installer with optional offers of various products that you can choose to add or ignore. The sleek, metallic-colored interface from last year remains intact; the core video player, media library manager, and built-in burning tools remain virtually unchanged. The most noticeable overhaul exists in RealPlayer's new Web Videos tab.

Last year's features like private mode and the ability to view Facebook videos from within the interface still exist, but now reside in a grander direction toward content discovery. RealPlayer has greatly improved the use flow for finding new videos on the Web by aggregating some of the most popular content, enabling users to view them all from within the Real Player interface. The left column organizes video channels, beginning with the most preferential focuses (like bookmarked and Facebook videos), followed by a list of general categories similar to those found on aggregated video portals.

You can download videos directly from within the interface, a common but always useful feature for video players. RealPlayer 16 also comes with updated device profiles for the latest gadgets, including iPad 4 and Samsung Tabs. This means that you can download and convert videos into the most compatible formats, which RealPlayer will remember for future videos as well. Your downloaded content automatically gets collected into a Downloads & Recordings folder for easy viewing and recollection.

The video burning feature remains, but felt a bit lacking; RealPlayer lets users burn audio and video discs like VCDs and DVDs, but direct burning to Blu-ray support is still missing, despite the technology having been out for over half a decade. If Real wants to stand as a major presence as a premium media station, then limiting users to just burn AVCHD on smaller mediums instead of full Blu-ray format just won't cut it. Note that AVCHD content can still be played on Blu-ray players.

There's still plenty to love in RealPlayer, especially with the improved support for Web content; it's come a long way since the simple browser additions and RealPlayer has been slowly fine-tuning its design for a better user experience with minimal bloat as a free product. As a free product update, we highly recommend it.

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  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 2,554 votes

    • 5 star: 885
    • 4 star: 584
    • 3 star: 345
    • 2 star: 196
    • 1 star: 544
  • Current version:

    1.7 stars

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    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work. Period."

    April 15, 2014  |   By phuonom

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    Everything it promises!

    Cons

    It fails to deliver on a single one of those promises.

    Summary

    Tried it on 2 different computers. Both rejected it. Login wasn't working. If I tried to use it without logging in it froze. I uninstalled and reinstalled. It still didn't work. It's a piece of crap. Which sucks because you can't use the old non-cloud Realplayer, which was a great program! I'm ticked off. I want my old Realplayer back. At least it worked.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "divine program"

    April 12, 2014  |   By LogicalXikuen

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    Exactly what you need to perform this task.You wont need anything elseGet it now.

    Cons

    None, just a ittle expensive.Seriously.

    Summary

    Used to be OK, now its even better :) Personally, I like it very much. Another fav of mine is ***********. , Trust me.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "From version 15 to 17 was a killer downwards spiral"

    April 4, 2014  |   By stevecramer2

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    I don't need ten characters to summarize RealPlayer Cloud plus's: none! Its close to malware.

    Cons

    I will not be pushed into putting my stuff on someone else's computer server. I want my things private and local: period.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Update = awful"

    April 4, 2014  |   By a__username

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    That I can write this review telling you how bad it is.

    Cons

    Requires you to register an account. Will prompt you on startup every time you boot up your computer to register an account and sign in. You can't make those prompts go away.

    The program doesn't even uninstall cleanly.

    Summary

    Virtually any other video player is a better option. Real Player Cloud doesn't do anything for you that those other video players can't and they won't harass you to register an account or sign in. You can't uninstall the program completely afterwards. AVOID. It's not worth the trouble.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crash Not even Single time play"

    March 26, 2014  |   By neon_cool

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    Noting in this update except cloud version

    Cons

    Everything else

    Summary

    I could not understand why these companies launch their product without tested. Just placing their spot in Cloud Based Player... Crap thing they do....

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  • 2.0 stars

    "not worth the trouble"

    March 21, 2014  |   By baddy_3-

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    - nice interface, pretty standard nothing out-of-the-box
    - nice visualizations

    Cons

    - adding large library crashes the damn thing . after all these years it still can't do this one basic thingy

    - poor sound quality. decent equalizers need payment .

    - poor file association management for windows 7. every media player worth its salt does this through "Default Programs" section.

    - limited file format support.

    - install/uninstall isn't clean.
    leftover registry entries.
    permanently messes up windows sound schemes ('start navigation' sound is removed from every scheme, even after uninstall). why even bother to do these annoying things?

    - customizing columns in library section is a nightmare. why bother adding so many fields nobody cares about.

    Summary

    always had a lot of potential to be a good all-in-one-media-player.
    but for every feature it has, there is another media player which does that job far better.
    not to mention numerous annoying things mentioned above. this piece of software just can't grow up. even the once-erratic vlc player has come such a long way over the years.


    P.S. if the focus is exclusively on online content, stick to the damn website instead of spoiling computers with crappy software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worthless!"

    March 7, 2014  |   By SquirrelQueen13

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    absolutely nothing

    Cons

    everything. in order to play a video had to "update" and that wouldn't work. nothing on here worked. It actually made my computer unstable

    Summary

    Keep old realplayer never upgrade to cloud

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