I dont think that Microsoft dominate the Media Player industry because they lie and cheat, I think its because they make a very high quality free media player which does more than you want it to. If anyone has ever tried realone player, Real Networks offering, you will agree with me when I say that the free version provides no where near the capabilities of its Microsoft counterpart. Please tell me we are not getting into another debate about how microsoft should ship its software. Next they will be telling us Microsoft cant sell Windows packages to PC manafacturers because the guys over at RedHat have a problem with it! I can talk as I have tried almost every main stream alternative to Windows and found myself crawling back simply because of its ease of use.
I agree with you, this is sour grapes. Real produce a vastly inferior product, and then complain because people don't want it. Media Player has been an integrated part of Windows since at least 3.1. It has just got better with each new version of Windows. I could understand it if MP was something new with XP, but it isn't. I hope Real get shafted with this.
I will only use Media player even though I regularly visit sites with streaming media that it will not allow to be played (Such as BBCI). Why do I persist with Media Player and forgo content that I would really like to see?
Simple - just read the EULA of RealPlayer and the amount of access that you are required to give the damn thing in order for it to work. i am not just talking updates here, but unless I am missing something it is just about the biggest single piece of spyware there is!