RealPlayer Beta Allows Video Downloading

The growing popularity of video on the Web has prompted RealNetworks Inc. to launch a beta version of its RealPlayer software that allows users to easily record and download videos to their PCs. The software, RealPlayer version 11, can be downloaded free, the company said Tuesday. With the new version, users can surf the Web and select clips or longer videos by clicking a "Download this Video" icon that pops up whenever they view video content. Videos are downloaded in the background, allowing users to view the content not only at their own convenience but also on the full screen of their PCs, according to RealNetworks spokesman Ryan Luckin.

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Haven't they died yet??

Well, at any rate, welcome to the 21st century, oh, and by the way, remove the malware. ;)

Edit:: Foobar and VLC all the way. :cheeky:

At least it's not QuickTime/iTunes. That **** screws up windows worse than anything. Nobody would use it if Apple didn't have a monopoly on the portable device market. Hopefully Zune will free us, one of these days..

And as for the guys asking "Who's Real," "How are they still here," etc. Well, it just so happens that Real runs the #2 online music store, Real Rhapsody. They're #1 in the non-Apple market.

Has anybody installed this? Any impressions?
Is it better than Real Player 10, does it have the annoying pop-up's in the right hand corner and does it still run the useless program in the background?

Even in 10 you could disable all of that by turning off all the message center options. I remember doing it to cut the extra process, realsched.exe.

Yea the message center is still there but you can disable it just like in version 10 and it will never show up again.

i dont understand why the real bashing if we compare it to wmp and quicktime those 3 share the same bloated interface, and sluggish performance.

well the real audio format quality sucks and is low quality and real player is indeed infested crap like what MrCobra said,i would use the real alternative instead as it does not contain the crap that real player has,back when there was real player 7 and 8 they rocked but after that version 9 and up were complete garbage.

Why would I, if I were a media distributor, want to distribute in RealPlayer if people could so easily download my content when I don't want them to?

Bug ridden and malware infested. It may have gotten "better" over the years but companies like that rarely change habbits.

MrCobra said,
Bug ridden and malware infested. It may have gotten "better" over the years but companies like that rarely change habbits.

Since you're a man of facts, point out what malware it installs. If you're going to make a point, it'd be nice to have information to actually back up your claims. Otherwise, you come across as just another guy spewing random FUD on the internet.

bangbang023 said,

Since you're a man of facts, point out what malware it installs. If you're going to make a point, it'd be nice to have information to actually back up your claims. Otherwise, you come across as just another guy spewing random FUD on the internet.

Any software that tracks the habbits of its users is, in this day and age, classified as malware. I backed up my opinion like you "suggested" that I should do. If you don't like it, I don't know what to tell you. I'm sorry that people don't forget what this software was and is and that you like it so much that you can't take someone criticising it. You going to delete this one as well??

MrCobra said,
Any software that tracks the habbits of its users is, in this day and age, classified as malware. I backed up my opinion like you "suggested" that I should do. If you don't like it, I don't know what to tell you. I'm sorry that people don't forget what this software was and is and that you like it so much that you can't take someone criticising it. You going to delete this one as well??

For one, I don't even use Real Player as I have no need for it. However, that said, where is it said to be tracking users? Read through their privacy guide and it explains everything. On top of that, all of the features such as obtaining information about the CD you're playing (every media player does that) can be disabled at will.

You've still yet to provide any clear cut evidence that proves any current iteration of Real Player is malicious or contains malicious software.

Keep trying.

companies like that rarely change habbits
tracks the habbits of its users

What is a habbit?
Is it like a rabbit or a Hobbit?

In any case, most media players have a history function to track user habits.
I'm just surprised RealPlayer is still around. Who uses it?