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Review: RealPlayer for Android

If you’ve been using computers awhile, you can probably remember RealAudio Player, an early audio player that had the capability to stream over the Internet. The original program came out in 1995, with a later version bundled with Microsoft’s Windows 98 operating system. Many a fond memory were spent trying to delete it from my system because I would rather use Winamp which didn’t have pop-ups.

So, ironically, 2011 rolls around and RealNetworks Inc., RealAudio (Now RealPlayer) have released an Android app that is looking to make its mark in the media player market. I was sent a nice e-mail proclaiming that the beta of the app “received more than one thousand pieces of feedback from users, both positive and constructive,” and that the newest update would be “based entirely on user feedback.”

This got me curious. I mean, if enough people say something’s crap, maybe it will get fixed, right?

At this point in the review I’m going to stop cracking jokes at RealPlayer. While they’ve made some stinkers in the past, I’m going to give them credit where credit is due: their app is not horrible.

I would even go so far to say it is good: not amazing, and not likely to unseat Winamp as the media player du jour. However, its simplicity does have an appeal: as a guy who doesn’t use his Android phone as a media player that often, RealPlayer seems to be a bit of step up from the default apps. Within it, you’ve got a music and video player along with an added photo viewer; all are very basic and rudimentary. They do their jobs well, as they should.

However, it offers a little bit more than the stock apps in the sense that you can use the folder browser to determine which folders to keep scanned: again, seems like a no-brainer, but it’s much less of a hassle to fine-tune what media you want showing up. Strangely, as evidenced by my screenshots above, the scanning animation never seems to stop.

The app, while still in beta, looks like they’ve actually cranked some money into it. The interface looks slick and doesn’t have the familiar pitfalls like jagged edges on buttons or a general lack of polish. That’s what endears it to me: I don’t think I’d use RealPlayer myself, but the fact that they’re taken feedback into account and not just shoveled something out the door both gives this app a pass. I’d suggest it to someone who doesn’t want or need Internet radio, library syncing or any of the Winamp fanciness; however, if you’re tech-savvy enough to be using your phone as your primary media player, that someone probably isn’t you.

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Matt Demers is Droid Life’s app guy, and isn’t afraid to crank up some Beastie Boys from time to time. You can reach him through his Twitter, or his Droid Life e-mail.

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    i like this:X

  • Bensnake82

    get MUSIC PLAER PRO, beats poweramp by a long shot

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    Not downloading anything that says modify or delete contents of the SD card. Did that before and had nothing but trouble.

    • Anonymous

      just a shot in the dark but that’s probably so you can delete music through the app…

  • Jawshua

    Uggh! I wouldn’t touch Real Player with someone else’s phone! From the first time that horrible program was on a PC it’s always been just like a virus and you could delete it and it would always come back.

    Do they pay you to post stuff like this?

    • http://mattdemers.com Matt Demers

      No, they don’t.

  • Rayman411vm

    This is the only thing about android that bugs me….the music experience sux

  • Anonymous

    has anybody gotten this to work with the phone’s internal storage? On my droid inc, I have the music files on the phone’s memory. it doesn’t seem to read from there.

  • Anonymous

    real player! those were the days.. back in the late 90s… it was the only good player back then.. until winamp came out.

  • Dmota25

    Do anyone know how u can control the volume wiht the Beats Heatset By Dre

  • Dmota25

    Do anyone know how u can control the volume wiht the Beats Heatset By Dre

    • Jas

      Didn’t someone already answer that question, and then you thanked them?

      • Dmota25

        Jep sorry

      • Dmota25

        Jep sorry

  • Scotty89

    AwEsOmE!!! Realplayer for Andr((Buffering…..))

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615125234 Jack Doyle

    Just wait ’til you try to uninstall it… bwahahahaha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615125234 Jack Doyle

    Just wait ’til you try to uninstall it… bwahahahaha!

  • Bestberet

    Crappy review of a crappy player. Why is it a crappy review? Because it doesn’t even mention the app’s greatest failing: IT DOES NOT PLAY REAL MEDIA FiLES! If your only reason for installing this crappy app is in the hope of streaming .rm or .ram files to your droid don’t waste your time! Real’s claim of responding to user feedback is a load of hooey.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know, I thought it was a great review. I couldn’t stand RealPlayer in the past, and like Matt, stuck exclusively with Winamp.

      I also don’t listen to music that much with my phone, so I’m not one to try out a bunch of music apps. I liked winamp enough (still use it on my computer) to give it the benefit of the doubt on my phone. It may not have all the functions of PowerAMP at this point (still wondering if they are related to dbPoweramp that I used to convert MP3′s ages ago…) but I’m willing to stick it out awhile hoping for upgrades.

  • Calidog50

    Been using this since you brought to our attention back on May 29th…just now updated it! Looks good!

  • Phaeacian

    I consider PowerAmp the media player du jour… Winamp doesn’t offer anything beyond the stock player.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed…PowerAmp is the one to beat. I would NEVER put Realplayer on my computer or my phone!

  • Dmota25

    Do any one now way to used heatset power Beats Dre?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      what?!????

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

        Shot in the dark. Does anyone know how to use Beats by Dre headphones? Something along those lines, lol.

        • Dmota25

          Sorry brother but if you have ones let me tell you want you can no control the volume

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Brown/622460851 Daniel Brown

          You won’t get full functionality out of the beats headphones. The problem is controltalk. You need “universal control talk” which is only on the white diddy beats ear buds. Please note, there are two versions, one says “universal” and the other doesn’t. With universal, you lose volume control, track skipping, but keep mute and the mic. All other versions of the dr dre series headphones will not get the full functionality. I’ve been through three different models with no luck.

          • Dmota25

            Thanks!!!

      • Dmota25

        I means I can use the headphones. music, stereo… nice but the problen is I can not control volume….

      • Dmota25

        I means I can use the headphones. music, stereo… nice but the problen is I can not control volume….

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  • Anonymous

    Like Kellex, I have nothing but bad memories of realplayer. That sh*t was like computer herpes; painful, and once you got it you could never get rid of it.

    • http://mattdemers.com Matt Demers

      I’m not Kellex.

      • Anonymous

        Sorry about that. Assuming just made an ass of me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    Have any of you all tried poweramp

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

      A lot of people have, and they love it. DL did a piece on it awhile back.

  • Anonymous

    it seems like we are repeating history. all these apps came out as software for computers ten to fifteen years ago and now they are making them for the new age in computer. (ie: smartphones)

  • Anonymous

    it seems like we are repeating history. all these apps came out as software for computers ten to fifteen years ago and now they are making them for the new age in computer. (ie: smartphones)

  • Anonymous

    I removed the old version because it ran in the background and sucked up much needed RAM. D1

  • Anonymous

    I removed the old version because it ran in the background and sucked up much needed RAM. D1

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

    Real Player is still going? I havent heard of Real Player since i had a WebTV like 10 years ago.

  • Xheavymetaldadx

    One you guys should look at is zimly I’ve been using it for a couple days and I’m really liking it. Plus its free lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

      I think i tried this but wasnt a huge fan. Ill give it another shot right now.

  • Tcal

    BTW…

    Locked Bootloader FTW!

    • http://mattdemers.com Matt Demers

      Solidarity.

    • Tcal

      Aww…
      I only said it to pull everyone’s leg & brighten my day but alas, it seems I have failed…

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    Sweet, that means Pong is right around the corner.

  • Tcal

    First?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      fail?

      • Tcal

        I was first when I typed it in! LOL

  • http://twitter.com/martinpelant Martin Pelant

    Showing 0 comments? where are you people?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

      Here I am.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        Your name is Earl.

  • http://twitter.com/zouzka Ziad K.

    Strange, I can’t find the app, even using the QR code.

    • Anonymous

      Thats cause a pop up came and google went WTH i havent seen you since 98 and deleted it.

    • Anonymous

      I guess the users told them to take that crap down, and they listened LOL