RealPlayer 10

By Deane Barker on January 19, 2004

RealPlayer 10 Adds New Mistakes to Old: A pretty funny lambasting — disguised as a review — of the new RealPlayer 10.

RealNetworks’ multimedia-playback program — once known as RealPlayer, then RealOne and now, with last week’s release of a new version, RealPlayer once again — is both widely used and widely despised.

How so? The extensive use of RealAudio and RealVideo formats in online broadcasting makes the player software unavoidable, but the company’s relentless use of it to sell unrelated services and features has made this program little better than spyware in many users’ eyes.



  1. Thank you for pointing out this well-deserved trashing of RealPlayer. Fewer programs have ever been so obnoxious on so grand a scale.

    Though I’m a Democrat in Washington State, I’ve always been wary of Senator Maria Cantwell because of her previous affiliation with Real Networks. It taints.

  2. Hello there, I would like to point out that there is indeed an alternative, and it is named as such, Real Alternative is a program that is readibly avaliable at the same website that Kazaa Lite is distributed. Also, the Quicktime Alternative is also a nice program to try out.

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