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RealPlayer

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 2,555 votes

    • 5 star: 884
    • 4 star: 584
    • 3 star: 345
    • 2 star: 196
    • 1 star: 546
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 493 votes

    • 5 star: 169
    • 4 star: 129
    • 3 star: 68
    • 2 star: 53
    • 1 star: 74
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Problem downloading CBS videos"

    October 22, 2011  |   By reeecardo

    Version: RealPlayer 11

    Pros

    Great for youtube, and converting.

    Cons

    Does not want to download videos from CBS.com. When realplayer says I can down load this video ( young and the restless ) or ( Bold and Beautiful ) all I get is the commercials. This is why I bought the program. It said I can download from CBS.

    Summary

    Is ther any way I can down load the bold and beautiful from CBS.com

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good this..........."

    March 22, 2011  |   By pothurisumanth

    Version: RealPlayer 11

    Pros

    good this..............

    Cons

    good this.....................

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless deadware"

    January 25, 2011  |   By Dead_Before_Dawn

    Version: RealPlayer 11

    Pros

    Great sound and not a lot else.

    Cons

    won't play any popular format except .mp3 without you having to pay a hefty subscription for. To much when you can get better player that do the job and are free.

    Summary

    There's not a lot to recommend this player to anyone really. If you like throwing your money away, then by all means download it, but be prepared to loose half your library as when I went to uninstall the behemoth it wanted to delete the songs I had ripped from purchased CD's. Am still finding bits of it after 3 weeks. Another problem was, it seemed not to be able to handle very large databases, circa 7000 tracks. I downloaded a paid for mp3 album, scanned it into the library database and when I went to play it, it decided it was another song completely. Like I wanted to play track - 1.A to B.mp3: played, 3.Z is D.mp3 instead, even though all theIDV3 and real tags were correct. Another strange thing, it would not play .wav, .wma, .wmv, .mp4 or indeed its own native codecs, realaudio and realvideo. A total waste of disc space, you'd be better off with WinAmp or VLC Player or the like. As for this, it stands up tehre with Windows Media Player as next to useless.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I always use this program

    i always prefer Realplayer"

    November 3, 2009  |   By kimoooo91

    Version: RealPlayer 11

    Pros

    To cover all my needs in my job

    Cons

    some times this program has some troubles with me.

    Summary

    I AM SORRY THAT MY ENGLISH IS NOT PERFECT . I HOPE MORE SUCSSES

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent player but not yet better than WMP"

    October 4, 2009  |   By aggie_mike

    Version: RealPlayer 11

    Pros

    Nice looking and controls seem pretty simple

    Cons

    Had to reinstall after a few days for no apparent reason...worked fine ever since

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Great concept for a media player but acts like a trojan"

    October 2, 2009  |   By Stealthryche

    Version: RealPlayer 11

    Pros

    I would have to say that the best thing about the Real Player is the nice "Download" button which appears when placed over media content such as video from YouTube or audio such as embed audio players commonly seen on social networking sites/profiles

    Cons

    I say that it acts like a trojan because sometimes when the application is closed, and task manager is checked and all processes associated with Real Player are ended, these processes return and begin to drain system resources. Uninstalled Plenty!

    Summary

    It doesn't seem to matter how powerful of a system you have, this media player owned by AOL (If I recall correctly) is a lot to be desired for what its really worth. Compared to another media player also owned by AOL called Winamp, totally Rules!!! If Real Networks can't do a simple media player without it being bloated or acting like Dr. Jekyle meets Sybil, I sincerely feel they should not make another version... Please! This program has come a long way only to be the dead weight that it truly is.... but the download button is really cool!!! just not enough to keep it regularly on any of my systems. Its a habit almost to uninstall it as soon as Install and use the blasted thing. I'd really hate to use the analogy of Real Player being the good-lookin' girl that no one will go out with, yet you give her the chance because it just might work...

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It seems to work"

    October 2, 2009  |   By bsab31

    Version: RealPlayer 11

    Pros

    It runs *.rm files

    Cons

    Fast forwarding doesn't speed up the movie - it just jumps

    Summary

    Dislike because I have to use it for rm files

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does a good overall job"

    September 29, 2009  |   By Popejw

    Version: RealPlayer 11

    Pros

    quick easy to find my music and videos

    Cons

    Does not import music files as files, only imports individual songs from that file. Pain in the butt to redo all of that.

    Summary

    works well, had to figure out the setup on it though, once you get it though it is a good program. will not import your music as files, brings over individual songs and then you have to figure out what files they came from.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I am realy thanks for contact me"

    September 27, 2009  |   By gabergharib

    Version: RealPlayer 11

    Pros

    it is a very nice application

    Cons

    i like it all

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  • 1.0 stars

    "requires too much"

    September 22, 2009  |   By mtc69

    Version: RealPlayer 11

    Pros

    there are alot of features and options

    Cons

    needs too much power to run. I can't even watch small video clips with out problems because it takes too much juice to run the damn thing. this is the very reason I switched from WMP to real player. now with this new one I'm just screwed.

    Summary

    I switched to real player a few years ago because I was always having problems with WMP. I never had any problems with earlier versions of real player. This thing takes way too much power to run it . I sure wish I could have version 9 or 10 back.

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