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Full user review
"Were it not for RealMedia, I'd never use this."
A must have if you want to view/hear RealMedia, RealVideo or RealAudio files.
I do like the fact that Microsoft does have some competition in the online media world, but I don't like the software needed to view/hear that media.
RealPlayer is clunky, slow, ugly, and doesn't fit in with the rest of Windows software,
It insists upon "registration" for every user on your computer (including the administrator, which makes absolutely no sense).
The default interface is annoying and is something I turn off immediately. It takes you to real.com and throws videos at you.
The default setting also put RealPlayer in your system tray and pre-selects "alerts" for you. It's annoying and just one more program to clutter your system tray. I disable right after installation (they don't make that easy, either).
And of course you're nagged to purchase the "Pro" edition.
If you don't pay attention, you get other junk installed too (namely a stupid "Try AOL" icon on your desktop and start menu).
Nope, if it weren't for the fact that I want to view RealAudio/Video files on occasion, I'd not even bother installing this sorry excuse for software.
It's really too bad, because RealPlayer for Linux is much nicer and I really like the idea of truly cross-platform media format, but the Windows version of RealPlayer stinks, period.