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August 3, 2006

RealPlayer, Spartan Version


Many people dislike RealPlayer, a software with a bad reputation and an intricated interface. While there are many tricks to play Real media files without using RealPlayer, Scott, a read of this blog, found an interesting version of RealPlayer that does its job without displaying ads and without unneeded features: RealPlayer for Enterprise.

"RealPlayer Enterprise gives you the best of RealPlayer you know and use at home, but without advertising, without requiring registration, and without consumer features that don't belong in the workplace."

The software actually does one thing: it plays files. You'll be surprised by the spartan interface and by the small numbers of options in the menu.

You can read more about RealPlayer for Enterprise here. To download the setup, you need to complete a registration form (the email doesn't need to be valid).

This is a version from 2004, so don't expect a slick interface.


  1. Real Alternative (heard about that on your blog too :-))is good enough for me. No way am I going to install Real Player.

  2. While playing around in my Registry, I found an interesting entry from RealPlayer.

    If you change HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\RealNetworks\Msg\Preferences\Frequency > (default) from 1 to 0, the "Message Center" (read: ads) won't come up anymore...

  3. If you use this enterprise version, you won't see the Messenger Center and another annoyances.

  4. USA link is bad. Japen link I cannot read. Anyone have a download URL that works in English? Thanks

  5. I've uploaded a copy here since the mirrors seem to be unusable. Enjoy!

    I had to compress it to smaller than 10MB to be able to upload it to Google Page Creator. It's been compressed into a WinRAR self-extracting archive.