RealMedia format has numerous advantages, but one of the main downsides of RealPlayer is the large memory footprint, giving rise to considerable slowness in older PCs. Also, RealMedia formats are propriety, where you cannot play them on any player (VLC, KMPlayer etc) other than the RealPlayer itself.
Real Alternative is a free substitute for RealPlayer and Real One Player that allows playback of all RealMedia files without needing to install any of the software from Real Networks. It adds the necessary playback codecs, enabling you to play RealMedia files on any video player of your choosing.
The software is small and features Media Player Classic 188.8.131.52 rev. 107. Installation is fully customizable and gives complete control over what components should be included.
The software easily handles RealAudio, RealMedia, RealText and RealPix. It also supports RealMedia content embedded within web pages. It is recommended not to use it in conjunction with any Real Networks’ software to avoid potential conflicts. While Media Player Classic is included in the package, you may use any player of your choice. All settings are manageable without any player interface.
The application is also offered in a ‘Lite’ flavor with the only difference being the exclusion of Media Player Classic. Most users who have Media Player Classic or any other player of their choice already installed on their systems will prefer the Lite version.
Real Alternative works with Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP and 2000.