Real Player, most prominently, is a small application with inferiority complex and delusions of grandeur, not too different from Napoleon.
The best description of Real Player I've seen so far. And I'm lucky to use the Mac OS X version, slightly less annoying than its Windows counterpart. I can't remember when was the last time this player looked and performed like a simple video player and not a marketer's nightmare come true.
If you're looking for options:
- Real Alternative
- The BBC version of Real Player (skips the annoying download "jeu de piste" at Real.com
While I used to provide three video formats (WMP, Real and QuickTime) I tend to produce a different set today: a WMV (monopoly) and a standard MPEG4 which can be read indifferently by QuickTime and Real players. The new kid on the block is FLV (but it must be embedded within a Flash movie).