Great Alternatives to Quicktime and RealPlayer

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MediaRunning across QuickTime or Real Player content around the net is not hard to do. We all find ourselves occasionally trying to access a .mov file or any of the many Real Player file formats. Either way, you’ve usually got to end up installing QuickTime or Real Player. Here at Make Use Of, we really don’t have a problem with either of these services, they just seem a little bloated for our very limited usage of them.

In comes a great site called CodecGuide.com with two great alternatives for these two aggravating applications.

QuickTime Alternative

QuickTime Alternative is a slim and trim version of the popular QuickTime. It only contains the essential portions of the program crucial to playing QuickTime content that might be embedded into web pages you visit. I mean, who wants to load that QuickTime package only for it to add itself to the startup every time you boot up and trying to check in with Apple’s servers?

From the site:

Advantages of QuickTime Alternative are:

  • Quick and easy install
  • Ability to make an unattended installation
  • No background processes
  • No unwanted stuff and other nonsense
  • Smaller size

There is also another variation of the QuickTime Alternative known as QT Lite. The only real difference is that the QT Lite version does not contain the Media Player Classic.

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OS: Windows XP/2003/Vista

RealPlayer Alternative

The “Real Alternative” allows you the ability to play RealMedia without requiring you to install the dreaded RealPlayer. Even though RealNetworks really doesn’t have a foothold on the internet media war that they used to, this is a perfect solution to that one site you visit that still streams audio/video in RealPlayer format.

All the “Real” file formats are supported including the ability to view streaming content.

Formats:

  • .ra
  • .rm
  • .rmvb
  • .ram
  • .rpm
  • .rv
  • .rp
  • .rt
  • .rnx
  • .smi
  • .smil

From the site:

Some advantages compared to RealPlayer:

  • Quick and easy install
  • It’s easy to make an unattended installation
  • Proper uninstallation
  • No background processes
  • Use a player of your own choice
  • Low on resources
  • No advertising, no registration forms, nothing annoying

As with the Quicktime Alternative above, the RealPlayer Alternative includes a Lite version without the Media Player Classic.

OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista

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Comments (14)
  • Marthinus Raath

    I really like VLC a lot and it’s slowly but surely becoming one of my favourite Media players. As I said in moreuse.co.cc I like the way it gets rid of the lip-sync problem I often experience.

  • Jamail Khan

    I’ve been using them for years. They are great and the codec pack enhances the properties. Quicktime is one of the most widely used audio softwares around the world. Its a great market tool and should be advertised on a PR building tool like MyPRGenie (www.myprgenie.com/technology/) to allow even further customers to use it.

  • Ed

    I have tried QT Alt but I still came across videos it wouldn’t load. I would still get a prompt saying I needed QT installed. I’ve gone back to using the full Apple QT. I just stop the tray tool from starting. With hd space so cheap I don’t mind the extra space required.

    This same logic holds true for Adobe Acrobat. I’ve tried the alternatives but would still run across PDFs that they couldn’t load properly, especially forms. I now run the full product with no background tasks running.

    • joseywales

      http://www.foxitsoftware.com has a most exellent & free pdf alternative to Adobe. I’ve been using it for years and have yet to have any problems viewing anything that typically required Adobe’s bulky software.

  • Andrew Min

    You should note that at least Real Alternative has been marked as illegal by Real Networks.

  • Ellie

    I like both of these – thanks for letting me know about them!

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