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Using Real
Authored by: xr4ti on Sep 26, '08 09:51:24PM
Real has made a series of choices and mistakes that make their software less desirable.

Those choices include their early use of GUIDs to track customers without clearly informing them, software security bugs, falling behind their competition in their video quality, and littering their software with advertising cruft and intrusive registration requests.

There is a reasonable analysis of Real's current privacy issues at:

"both versions of RealPlayer which we reviewed limit the ability of computer users to make informed choices about what happens on their computers – which violates our guidelines."

I've watched and attempted to use Real since it came on the scene. I would never recommend it to anyone that's concerned about privacy or advertising gimics.

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