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RealNetworks debuts RealPlayer 10 for Mac OS X

updated 12:40 am EDT, Mon June 28, 2004

RealPlayer 10 for Mac OS X

. The plugin, available as a free downlaod, enables Mac-based content creators to easily create RealAudio 10 and RealVideo 10 content from Mac OS X media applications, including Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Premiere, Avid Xpress rpo, and Discreet Cleaner.

by MacNN Staff





  1. libratem

    Joined: Dec 1969



    After years of shoddy, buggy software (including some of the worst OS9 versions, capable of bringing down your system software), including spyware, annoying update notifications and the ubiquitoius 'buffering' delays...I won't be putting their latest garbage on any of my computers.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I second that

    Why don't they save themselves a whole heap of money and build a QT plugin for decoding Real audio/video. They don't have to worry about the player then and they can ditch the massive bad sentiment out there by integrating into the Mac system through QT. There are no downsides for them and all the upsides are very huge.

    They are stupid enough, though, to release obviously buggy software (really shouldn't be even be called beta sometimes) so we can't really expect them to make the common sense decision that seems so obvious to the rest of us.

  1. pdot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    double edge sword

    I hate it when a new version of RealPlayer comes outs. The spyware fear factor and having to dig for the free version is dreadful. Yet, it's nice to see Apple's existence being acknowledge by third parties.

  1. dru

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'll support them

    I don't get it you these comments. There are a number of sites where you have a choice between a Real stream or a WMP stream. I'm *always* going to pick Real as long as it's the alternative. WMP is far, far worse on Mac OS and I think little of it on the PC since release 6 was ditched. I found the latest RealOne & Realplayer to run OK on 9.x & OS X although 9.x was always trying to run RealOne when it couldn't.

  1. BrettOZ

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Real Export Plugin

    Just tried out the new Real Export Plugin - Converted a 17.8MB MP4 file into a 3.3 Real file. For free - I am not complaining and it has done a good job with the output too (sound is not as good and the images are a little blocky at times), but not too bad for the size. Nice work Real.

  1. ArcticBear

    Joined: Dec 1969



    With Real it sounds like you _pay_ for the player and get the creator for _free_, unlike every other company (?). I must have never dug deep enough to find the free player!

    Years ago, Real had promise. But the media encoding quality is poor and their application (some version of RealOne being the last I tried) had an interface filled with ads for this or that channel. All I want is the video!

  1. absmiths

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: I second that

    "Why don't they save themselves a whole heap of money and build a QT plugin for decoding Real audio/video"

    Because they want to make money channeling advertisements through the Real One player or selling subscriptions to an advertising-free player. Neither one of those goals is compatible with a QT plugin.

    Just because something is 'obvious' to you as a user doesn't mean it makes business sense.

  1. Titanium Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    QT compatibility

    Why would I want to watch Quicktime movies on RealPlayer when Quicktime Player can do it better, with more intuitive controls and less intrusively? I'm still pissed at the time when the RealPlayer install on my XP machine decided to become the default player for everything. To this day, the icons for many of my media files are still screwed up, even though I did manage to switch them back to open with PowerDVD.

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