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

    October 2, 2009  |   By Stealthryche


    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


    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!


    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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