RealPlayer

RealPlayer

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 2567 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
11 beta
File Size:
873.7KB
Date Added:
July 04, 2007
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
70,988,390
Downloads Last Week:
9,462
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP

Editors' review

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 in this beta release. Users of earlier versions certainly should upgrade.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.4

    out of 2567 votes

    • 5 star: 883
    • 4 star: 585
    • 3 star: 345
    • 2 star: 198
    • 1 star: 556
  • Current Version:

    3.7

    out of 519 votes

    • 5 star: 185
    • 4 star: 131
    • 3 star: 110
    • 2 star: 35
    • 1 star: 58
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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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  • 2 stars

    "Flaky Cloud (version 17.09)"

    May 15, 2014   |   By Malcan

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    Allows you to share files on cloud (for those who need to do so).

    Cons

    RP Cloud has been very unstable for me. I wish I had not upgraded to Cloud from the previous (uncloud) version. Strange things kept happening to the private videos on the pc. One day they are in the pc library, next day they've disappeared. I had to import those files from the appdata/roaming/RPPrivate folder again and again. The private files are supposed to be hidden, however they can all be seen in the RPPrivate folder. All in all, RP Cloud is acting very flaky for me and in hindsight I should not have upgraded.

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  • 1 stars

    "RealJUNK Cloud"

    May 14, 2014   |   By TXMav

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    Found VLC Player

    Cons

    Cloud forced

    Summary

    If you are mobile user or have limited data plans you will love your data bill, RealCloud forces, without anyway to turn off Cloud, RealCloud uploads all your media files, I dumped Real on all my devices and installed VLC, I will never look back to RealJUNK, if you want ALL your media in a unsecure Cloud you will love this version, a hackers and spies dream program.

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  • 1 stars

    "cranky install"

    May 14, 2014   |   By davidfoxitreader

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    They promise everything, and much of it works.
    RealPlayer help tries to help.
    Its library features have been excellent.

    Cons

    In spite of what it says here, there appears to be no Windows 7 or 8 version. The Real.com still says
    "RealPlayer Cloud isn't on This Operating System Yet", yet I continue to get annoying notices to upgrade ReelPlayer.

    The installation is aggressive. It annoyingly takes over default player. I will start Real when I need its features, mainly its library.

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  • 1 stars

    "ANNOYING!!"

    May 07, 2014   |   By HamptonPR

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    Plays SOME media files.

    Cons

    Aggressive installations, uninvited popups, and insidious Registry rewrites.
    Unable to play media files, due in part to constantly changing file formats.

    Summary

    "In order for your browser to display the following paragraph this site must download new software; please wait. Sorry, the requested codec was not found. Please upgrade your system." That's the best quote related to this software I have ever found and it's true!
    It takes liberties such as installing itself as the default media player, does what it wants to your Windows Registry, popping up annoying "messages" that are ads, and on and on.

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  • 1 stars

    "cnet in real's pocket"

    May 04, 2014   |   By rahscoh

    Version: RealPlayer Cloud 17.0.6.13

    Pros

    cloud prison

    Cons

    realplayer cloud

    Summary

    I've noticed of late how user opinions are being slighted! Are CNET editor reviewers like Ben Markton being greased for favorable plugs? It truly appears that way! CNET seems no longer neutral in regards to this subject.

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