A Short History Of Realplayer

Bringing a online standard in streaming audio since ’95. The first audio from the web was transmitted in the Realplayer format. This was in a time of .wav files and slow 36k modems: not a good combination. Real had created the solution with their applications, and (live) internet broadcasts was born.

But what went wrong? The Realplayer audio format – and player - became obsolete due to - locally savable - small sized mp3 files, and Windows Media Player – distributed standard on all pc’s. Yes, the death story resembles Netscape Vs. Internet Explorer. Also the program became too commercial with annoying ‘buy pro version’ pop-ups every 10 minutes.


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