RealPlayer Gold

RealNetworks original media player for Mac


RealPlayer used to be an essential application for streaming media content from the web, but you can live without it today. It is still a fully featured media player however, with library, sharing, converting and downloading features.

It is indeed bloated and often intrusive but RealPlayer has a lot of functionality - it can do a hell of a lot from streaming radio and video to burning CD's but it's often slow and cumbersome. In this latest release of RealPlayer, there is an included conversion program with a bunch of different devices it can re-encode video for. This is really handy if you want to take some videos on your portable device. Conversions in RealPlayer take a while, so be patient.

The most recent incarnation RealPlayer SP has done much to solve stability and streaming problems and also includes ways to share videos on mobile devices as well as download videos that are absent from RealPlayer. There's also a handy integrated RealPlayer Downloader for downloading RealPlayer clips for viewing later or sharing with friends.

In saying this, RealPlayer isn't bad at all. It's comparable to Windows Media Player as they both have some impressive ways of organizing your music and for me the best feature is the CD burner which is one of the easiest burners I've ever used.

RealPlayer is a bit of a bloated media player, which is slower and less user friendly than the competition but includes handy downloading and conversion features that may benefit some users.

Pros +
  • Packed with features from streaming to burning
  • Excellent CD burner
  • Ability to download streams
  • Built in video converter with tons of supported devices
Cons -
  • Mediocre performance
  • Conversions take a while
  • Downloader buggy at times


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Mac OS X
Audio & Video > Streaming & Broadcast

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