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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 2580 votes out of 2580 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11
  • Total Downloads:
    71,474,083
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 12, 2007
  • Price:
    Free; Paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.25MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    364
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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, and users of earlier versions should upgrade.

 
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Full Specifications

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 XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.25MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 71,474,083
Downloads Last Week 364
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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