RealPlayer

RealPlayer

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 2572 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11
  • Total Downloads:
    71,084,283
  • Date Added:
    December 12, 2007
  • File Size:
    873.7KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    12,177
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista

Editors' Note:

Editors' Review

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One of the dinosaurs of media playback, RealPlayer has been on the scene since 1995. Sometimes it feels like it hasn't been updated since then, no matter what the version number says. Still, RealPlayer 11 beta introduces a major new function and takes care of some frustrating bugs, making it respectable once again.

The player runs smoother than ever, which to some might not be saying much, but if you haven't used it in years, the differences are dramatic. Now the free version of the player has the ability to download videos from the Internet, including Flash-based videos like those on YouTube. Once installed, mousing over an embedded video will provide a pop-up that not only lets you download the vid, but also change its name, the save-to directory, and other options.

The update sees a major face-lift, as well, removing much of the clutter from the downloadable music store. Though not groundbreaking, the RealPlayer music store gets a thumbs up for being easy to use and offering a flexible DRM policy. The new jukebox features let you make playlists, rip CDs, burn custom mixes, and listen to hundreds of online radio stations. The program still suffers from an intrusive installation, but file-type hijacking and upgrade harassment are mostly gone.

The positive steps begun with Version 10 continue, and users of earlier versions should upgrade.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 492 votes

    • 5 star 168
    • 4 star 129
    • 3 star 68
    • 2 star 53
    • 1 star 74
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 2572 votes

    • 5 star 884
    • 4 star 585
    • 3 star 345
    • 2 star 198
    • 1 star 560
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  • 1 stars

    "Probably the worst program ever"

    October 12, 2014   |   By Wiserwun

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    none whatsoever

    Cons

    Doesn't work, irritating popups, waste of hard drive space, can't find a single use for it

    Summary

    Absolute rubbish, one more like this and I won't use CNET again. Sorry I had to give it half a star, its not worth any.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best player"

    October 09, 2014

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    Best video player across android, TV and PC

    Cons

    I would like to add photos and autobackup

    Summary

    Best video player

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  • 1 stars

    "Pure garbage"

    October 05, 2014   |   By blackmtnman

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    None whatsoever.

    Cons

    The whole &^%$^&*( thing.

    Summary

    I want my old Real Player back.

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  • 1 stars

    "BAD I DON'T LIKE IT."

    October 02, 2014   |   By cayitodecayaguas

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    ONLY GOOD TO WATCH YOUTUBE MOVIES.

    Cons

    CAN'T MAKE DVDS PAID FOR IT AND WASTED MY MONEY" AND ONLY THING I CAN DO WITH IT, IS PLAY SOME FILES FORMAT.

    Summary

    MANY TIMES I WAS MAKING A DVD, AND SOPED WORKING ALL I GET IS MESSAGE SAYING THE PROGRAM ISN'T RESPONDING.

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  • 1 stars

    "Previously Good now I have to create an account"

    September 27, 2014   |   By Jack123456jj

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    None None None I had to put in 10 Characters.......

    Cons

    I installed RealPlayer Cloud and could not do anything until I created an account, GREAT move Real Player!!!!!! I would have rated RealPlayer Cloud as ZERO but this review system would not let me. The RealPlayer and RealPlayer Downloader was working well before now they mucked it up! Good Bye RealPlayer, hello someone else........

    Summary

    Good Bye RealPlayer, hello someone else........

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  • 1 stars

    "Farewell to RealPlayer"

    September 07, 2014   |   By FullyRetired

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    That there are CNET like this to warn potential users of poor updates. Too bad I based my expectations on years of previous good experience with RealPlayer instead of checking it out on CNET first.

    Cons

    I want to vote with the others who decry the failure of the RealPlayer folks to give a clean uninstall of RealPlayer Cloud. I quickly determined it wasn't for me, and after hours of work I still can't get rid of the digital garbage they have left on my computer.

    Summary

    No reputable company should put such NOT-ready-for-prime-time software out without a warning that it's a beta or below quality release. Totally unsatisfactory for a company that has served well for a long time.

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  • 1 stars

    "Sadly must agree with others' negative remarks"

    August 07, 2014   |   By ttstoo

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    It USED TO be good, before the "cloud" version!

    Cons

    From my p.o.v., it simply doesn't do what it used to simply do. Consequently I've stopped using it, and instead use VLC.

    Summary

    I've used Real Player Plus for many years, and considered myself pretty much "bolted-on". But despite this, RP seem to have successfully unbolted me with the new "cloud" version, which I didn't want and resent having foisted on me without being offered any choice. Bye bye RealPlayer.

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  • 4 stars

    "Has lots of advantages but doesn't quite compare to VLC"

    July 06, 2014   |   By tomysshadow

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    Good music player, good visualizations, Cloud option is handy and if you don't want it then, well, don't use it for gosh sakes! You aren't requires to put files into it. Aside from that it is good for playing AVI files and its own proprietary format. It has a music library which I'm not a big fan of but once again, if you don't like it don't bother to use it. It also looks really nice, better than the awesome but admittedly outdated looking green and white colour scheme. It is also easy to set up and sign up, and no junk mail.

    Cons

    It does play a lot of formats, but still not as many as VLC.

    Summary

    Looks nice and plays many formats. A little bit on the slow side though.

    Updated on Jul 6, 2014

    Looks nice and plays many formats. A little bit on the slow side though. Also the downloader, converter and trimmer are a nice touch and an improvement over previous versions.

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  • 1 stars

    "Do NOT Upgrade to RealPlayer Cloud"

    June 29, 2014   |   By SamSym

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    It is easy to download video from most places from within the web browser. The viewer can play many different types of video files.

    Cons

    The RealPlayer Cloud is buggy and may or may not work. It wants to take over everything and send it who knows where. It is fine sitting on my hard drive or my personal NAS. I don't want the RealPlayer Cloud, but there doesn't seem to be any way to turn it off.

    Summary

    If you have the old Realplayer and enjoy using it, keep doing so. Upgrading it is a nightmare and it leaves so much garbage in your registry and on your hard drive. Most other reviews echo my comments, and I do wish that an offline uninstaller was available. Uninstalling it did make it necessary to reinstall 2 other programs.

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  • 1 stars

    "Awful. Just awful."

    May 21, 2014   |   By swanjame

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    Absolutely none. Zilch.

    Cons

    I have had Real Player for several years and it is a nice tool. I guess I should say was. I updated my Real Player to the new version. I did not want the Cloud feature so I did not sign up/subscribe for it. It bunged up my computers big time after a few days. One of my computers would boot up and then run at 100% CPU ad infinitum.

    Summary

    Awful. Just awful.

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    What's new in version 11
    General
    Publisher RealNetworks
    Publisher web site http://www.realnetworks.com/
    Release Date December 12, 2007
    Date Added December 12, 2007
    Version 11
    Category
    Category Internet Software
    Subcategory Download Managers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 873.7KB
    File Name RealPlayerCloud.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 71,084,283
    Downloads Last Week 12,177
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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