RealNetworks Mates With Mozilla
I hate Real Player but if it can increase the Firefox marked share then ok. Actually I used to like the player until it got bloated with all kinds of weird applications and functions.
RealNetworks said Wednesday that it has agreed to a multiyear agreement to offer Mozilla's Firefox Web browser with downloads of its RealPlayer, Rhapsody and RealArcade software programs. Real said it has also agreed to extend and expand a similar agreement with Google under which it will offer the search engine's Toolbar and Desktop programs with Real software. RealNetworks partnership with Mozilla comes as Firefox continues to notch steady gains in the U.S. Web browser market at the expense of Microsoft and its dominant Internet Explorer browser. According to Net Applications, Firefox's share of the browser market stood at 11.3% at the end of July, up from 9.6% at the end of 2005 and 4.6% at the end of 2004.
Not that I'm going to defend Real because their player really did suck, but I must say that their latest player has improved a lot and it actually quite okay now.Comment by Joergen Ramskov at August 2, 2006 02:28 PM | Permalink
If and when the time comes that Real gets integrated into Firefox, then its back to IE for me, I've not had any 'real-crap' on machine in years, and I am not about to return. This will deeply offend the users of Firefox to foist a piece of bloated crap on their systems just to browse.
Real, QTime, WinAmp all don't play nice and play 'power-grab' for control leaving things broken, and nigh impossible to remap to the preferred player.
Please, just take their money and leave the player out of Firefox.
The three-legged underdog of the streaming world joining with the unwashed mozilla's-too-buggy-so-let's-just-give-up masses. So Tiny Tim has a dog. Bless us, every one.
(My flame would be flamier if I wasn't using a browser that the firefox crue deemed impossible)Comment by B at August 3, 2006 03:16 AM | Permalink