[COLOR=#1951B9]For years, users complained about difficulty in downloading the free version of RealPlayer. When the free version was found, there were additional complaints of pop-ups, registration problems, file association hijacking, and icons that were added just about everywhere. RealNetworks was faced with a decision. Address the user complaints or keep it Real by ignoring them while continuing to pitch Real Player Plus and associated pay services.[/COLOR]
What happened next was an example of how "keeping it Real goes wrong
" (small rant/article at Ars Technica).
Update: Here's a direct link to the Realplayer 10
free download, no spyware/adware on this version according to Real's website.