Real Player for OS X question

in Mac Software edited January 2014
Is the Real Player beta for OS X stable or are there any problems with it?, Before I download it I want to make sure.

Is there any reason to download it if I already have Quicktime 6.0?


  • Reply 1 of 10
    [quote]Originally posted by dygysy:

    <strong>Is there any reason to download it if I already have Quicktime 6.0?</strong><hr></blockquote>

    To play files encoded in Real? <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />

    Seriously, I haven't had any problems so far, but I haven't used it extensively. My machine still runs fine, on 10.1 and 10.2. Sometimes I have to double click the download to get it to launch, but other than that, nothing. Give it shot.
  • Reply 2 of 10
    stunnedstunned Posts: 1,096member
    Don't worry. Real Player is rather stable. Yet to crash on me.

    And of course its primary use is to play .rm files. And the quality isn't that bad. And, u can get full screen without paying anything.
  • Reply 3 of 10
    Yeah, the only reason you'd want the Rear Player is to play Real Audio and Real Video files or streams. What else did you think it would do?

    For what it's worth, I think the current Real Player for OSX is actually the best player Real has ever released for the Mac. It has been very stable or me and appears to be properly threaded (MUCH better than MS Media Player, at least). The only problem I've had with it is that is sometimes drops out the audio when playing some clips. Simply pausing and restarting playback gets it working again.
  • Reply 4 of 10
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    I haven't used it much, pretty much only for some clips from, but it's been pretty good for me. No problems.
  • Reply 5 of 10
    addisonaddison Posts: 1,185member
    It works for me using the BBC real content and it does just launch I don't have to click a .ram file any more. However, it won't quitI always have to force quit and I don't know why.
  • Reply 6 of 10
    evoevo Posts: 198member
    RealPlayer beta worked great for me in OS 10.1.5, but I haven't tried it in 10.2. I like that they didn't bloat the product with advertisements. And something that RealPlayer has that QT doesn't: live window resizing!
  • Reply 7 of 10
    My whole collection of south park episodes are all in .rm format, so I use it quite often, and there are a few minor problems. When a clip is open and I double click on another, sometimes it will open and sometimes it will just crash (oddly this never happened in 10.1.x, just in 10.2). I have about a 50/50 chance of the player crashing on startup, and it seems to hard lock my entire machine about once a week. Also, if a clip is playing full screen and the screen-saver activates the player "forgets" that it is in full screen, and the menu bar returns, as well as the dock (sometimes). It sometimes just stops for no apparent reason, and the play/pause button becomes inactive. Just single-clicking on the progress marker starts it going again, but it happens enough to be annoying, especially in full screen mode. And of course it doesn't allow you to have more than one clip open at once, but that's just due to it being a Windows app at heart.

    But overall it works well for what I use it for, and it is a beta afterall. It is certainly better than many of the public betas that I've played with.

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  • Reply 8 of 10
    does ithave spyware like ive been told the pc version does
  • Reply 9 of 10
    [quote]Originally posted by sushiism:

    <strong>does ithave spyware like ive been told the pc version does</strong><hr></blockquote>No. I've run the Real Player for an extended period of time without any suspicious network activity at all.
  • Reply 10 of 10
    The only problem with Real Player is that it's Real Player. <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />

    There's your answer.

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