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(The Register)   For the six of you who still use it: latest versions of RealPlayer deemed to be ... buffering ... buffering ... badware   (theregister.co.uk) divider line 29
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2008-02-01 05:00:19 AM  
I once discovered a useful "feature" in realplayer, but it turned out i didn't understand overlays and realplayer was just a crappy program.
 
2008-02-01 05:46:34 AM  
It cured me of my porn habit.
 
2008-02-01 05:53:35 AM  
I wondered how Rhapsody got on my machine.

Bad RealPlayer. Bad! BAD!
 
2008-02-01 06:19:19 AM  
Just the latest version? Welcome to 2004.
 
2008-02-01 07:40:10 AM  
In my opinion, ANYTHING that runs in the background while not in use can go piss up a rope.
 
2008-02-01 08:33:10 AM  
in other news, realplayer is still around.
 
2008-02-01 08:41:14 AM  
The only reason it's still around is because you get a free song download with a drink at Wendy's. I saw that on my cup which has since been thrown away.
 
2008-02-01 08:41:43 AM  
Someone tell Mr. Vivas stat!

/more than obscure (yes, even for Fark)
 
2008-02-01 08:47:55 AM  
I don't know how many clients I've had who specified Real Media for their website files. Is this just more of the bad information being given out in business schools?

I always tell them "no" and offer to do their audio files as mp3s. If they dig their heels in over the Real stuff, I turn down the contract.

Life is too short to use shiatty software.
 
2008-02-01 08:48:35 AM  
A classic:

img.photobucket.com
 
2008-02-01 08:55:02 AM  
How is RealPlayer still in business? RP has never been stable, it always loads crap that is impossible to get rid of and never streams correctly. Farking P.O.S.
It ranks right up there with AOL as far as software to never install on a machine.
 
2008-02-01 09:02:25 AM  
No Such Agency: A classic:

LOLz. Got any backstory on that?
 
2008-02-01 09:38:20 AM  
www.mac-switcher.com
 
2008-02-01 09:41:04 AM  
umm...i don't mean to stand up for the not so bad guy or anything...but realistically whats my alternative if i want to watch BBC news 24 over the web? Windows media player??

I think not...that never loads the stream, stutters like hell and appears to exhibit all the issues you people have with realplayer.
 
2008-02-01 09:48:32 AM  
I remember when RealPlayer was the best game in town for embedding videos online.

Too bad they never managed to stay one step ahead, as, in those year of yore, I actually really like it.
 
2008-02-01 09:52:48 AM  
But I thought the reason Real fell out of use was bundling of WMP with Windows. Just look how popular it is with Mac and Linux users who don't have WMP included.

/I love Realplayer almost as much as the hella helpful Gator E-Wallet
 
2008-02-01 09:59:09 AM  
These guys got on my blacklist a LONG time ago. Anytime I've ever installed it on an editing machine it's made every other media app go wonky, not to mention blowing the drivers on some pro level interfaces. The fact that their software sucks is news?

That said, I'm glad they are getting some negative feedback so perhaps they will improve their product. No crusade here, I just like shiat I use to work.
 
2008-02-01 10:04:18 AM  
www.mac-switcher.com

To use a Farkism, THIS!!
 
2008-02-01 11:03:14 AM  
Real alternative FTW. The benefit without the headache. The latest version isn't that great though. Stay with 160
 
2008-02-01 11:08:17 AM  
Media player classic is great too...read about it in a Fark thread, tried it, never went back. Plays everything, and isn't a resource hog.
 
2008-02-01 11:49:53 AM  
moel: umm...i don't mean to stand up for the not so bad guy or anything...but realistically whats my alternative if i want to watch BBC news 24 over the web? Windows media player??

I think not...that never loads the stream, stutters like hell and appears to exhibit all the issues you people have with realplayer.


I never have WMP trying to install a "message" delivery system to my desktop, and if you tell it that it's no longer required to play mp3s it doesn't aggressively insist. Also, if you have sputtering and buffering crap you need a better connection, works just fine for me on my paltry 1 meg connection.

However, if you Google "Real Alternative" you'll end up with a media player that'll take care of all your embedded RM needs without being a dick about it. Should keep you going till Real finally folds and the BBC stops using the crap.
 
Slu
2008-02-01 12:42:29 PM  
I don't know about anyone else, but I have no problem with Real Player on Mac OS X. In fact, I kind of like it.
 
2008-02-01 01:12:32 PM  
I actually had to install RP the other day to watch some stuff on the BBC website. Not at all surprisingly, it didn't work at all and never got past the famous "buffering..." message. Needless to say it was removed post haste. I'm glad I read this article, though, since I didn't know it installed Chrapsody.

I forgot all about Real Alternative. I realized I already had a slightly older version on my computer. Foolishness was felt.
 
2008-02-01 02:11:57 PM  
Failing_Junk: I once discovered a useful "feature" in realplayer

I found the most useful feature of RealPlayer to be the uninstaller.
 
2008-02-01 02:25:05 PM  
Slu: I don't know about anyone else, but I have no problem with Real Player on Mac OS X. In fact, I kind of like it.

Yeah, me too, i only use it to listen to song previews on Amazon. Real Player doesn't try to do anything terrible as far as i can tell on a mac.

I've heard that Quicktime is also a bastard program on PC's but works fine on macs.

That being said, i have used a PC with real player and man is that thing a jerk, i told it not to do things like be the player for an audio CD and no matter what it will just turn on and start trying to play the thing minutes later, even if it is being played in another program! like what the hell. I couldn't deinstall it either as it wasn't my computer.
 
2008-02-01 04:17:25 PM  
I worked for Apple level 1 tech support about 2 years ago and I got a call from this guy who calling because he couldn't play .RM files from some inspirational website on his mac and without even thinking I said "Why does that site use Real Media files anyway? It's a dead technology." Needless to say I had a manager listening in on the call and was immediately reprimanded.
 
2008-02-01 07:26:53 PM  
Slu: I don't know about anyone else, but I have no problem with Real Player on Mac OS X. In fact, I kind of like it.

Same here. It doesn't install all the usual crap the Windows version does. And it is necessary if you want to watch the videos on the BBC website.

I just wish applications would stick to the Unix principle: do one thing and do it well. If you're a video player, fine, be a video player and play videos. Don't load a messenger center in the background. VLC is good but VLC has serious interface issues. And the transcoding features in VLC are near worthless.
 
2008-02-02 02:28:23 AM  
nekom

In my opinion, ANYTHING that runs in the background while not in use can go piss up a rope.

THIS!
 
2008-02-02 02:18:14 PM  
Whatthefark: How is RealPlayer still in business? RP has never been stable, it always loads crap that is impossible to get rid of and never streams correctly. Farking P.O.S.
It ranks right up there with AOL as far as software to never install on a machine.




I'm simply amazed that they haven't gone chapter 11 yet. WHo pays money for their shiatty service?

Well, I guess it's probably the millions of people that are still using AOL.
 
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