A link is circulating around the web for a Realplayer download that is free of the normal gauntlet of marketing info.
Thanks to the Beeb! While we have followed channels, paid our fees and tried to direct our users to do the "responsible" thing, we are joining this backlash protest.
How many times have I heard that earnest Hober listeners have had to shell out $19.99 for the so-called "free" Realplayer simply because they were intentionally confused and mislead by Real Networks download page.
Yes, there is a "free" player on the Real download page, but it is hard to find, and then makes you give up more personal information than you feel comfortable with and tries to subscribe you to a litany of marketing spam and hides "opt out" choices.
I hope the folks at Real Networks take this to heart and do some introspection. If the money is more important to them than their client's experience, then we will have to switch to another player.