Originally posted by PeOfEo
The same cannot be said about media player or real, media player is a windows thing, you wont catch a linux or mac user with it, and real is just garbage, real is gay and it is the only player that can open its formats. Plus even if you manage to get real player for free it will spam you with little popup ads whenever you start or end the player because it is just one big hunk of spyware. Real media sucks and can be lumped with geocities in that quote in my sig.
real player has windows, mac, and linux versions
If you download the free version, not the plus version with the trial, it wont bug you to to pay.
i have never heard of little popup ads whenever you start or end, then again, i have never used the trial version
if you download the 'if you download the free version of the real-enterprise version' it doesn't put any extra junk on your puter. However, it does put one startup registry entry in your registry for a file that automaticly checks for updates, but you can delete it and it wont ever come back. (quicktime does this too.)
overall, i think the main problem is that their website makes it very difficult to find stuff.
i myself dont care for realplayer much, but you are really blowing it out of proportion.