Posted by : Deepak Vasudevan Thursday, March 29, 2007

Real Alternative -- Elegant Alternative for RealPlayer

To listen to streaming audio files, Real Media, powered by Real Networks has been an elegant choice for ages. But for sometime since, RealPlayer has become too bulky and a lot of features demanding for premium upgradation. To add fuel to the already burning fire, each instance of RealPlayer tries to add a RealSched.exe which connects to Internet and checks for upgrades and downloads. This application is added to Windows startup.

I always hate programs starting up along with Windows other than critically significant applications like Antivirus, Firewall and Security Solutions. Furthermore, RealPlayer does not have an option to turn off this automatic start on Windows. And each instance tries to add and intimidate my WinPatrol Scotty. I was quite frustrated and added a thread in 'Hall of Shame' in CodeProject over here. dighn was kind enough to suggest a very good alternative lightweight software called RealAlternative which does the same RealMedia playing but it has lesser memory footprint and smaller download size.

I just thought I would like to share this information with other users as well.

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