Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jan 2006 19:12 UTC
Google "Tomorrow Google will announce a new commercial video download service, according to multiple sources. In related news Google will also take the wraps off of Google Pack, a bundle of applications that will be made available for download in a single installation bundle. Sources tell us that Google pack will feature a Google-tweaked version of Firefox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, antivirus software from Symantec, AdAware, Trillian, and Google's own offerings, including Google Desktop Search, Picasa, Google Earth, Google Talk, and all of the toolbar action you can shake a stick at. Oh, and I left out one other item: the RealPlayer."
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wow
by ZaNkY on Thu 5th Jan 2006 20:12 UTC
ZaNkY
Member since:
2005-10-18

This is interesting news, and it seems like thatís all the news we're getting from Google lately. Interesting, but no cigar.

This sounds like a good idea, the Real player thing sounds weird, but understandable to some degree. I've used Real Player before, it's a decent player, but a pain in the butt to use sometimes (won't go into details to stay on topic, but I got rid of it). I'm guessing that a lot of the softwares in the pack, ASSUMING this is all for real, are heavily modded.

A modded Firefox sounds interesting and is probably what Google would use to sell the entire thing. Perhaps with the Internet accelerator that I read about that Google offers built directly into Firefox? I hope that you can select which components to install, cause some of those products are useless to me.

I'm sure Google would release this stuff to other platforms/OSs.

We just have to wait on Google's word. At a press conference sometime soon:
Either a: "yeah, we are going to support all these platforms!" or a: "No, this is just a rumor guys, sorry to disappoint you."


I'm starting to wonder if these rumors are done intentionally by Google as a form of advertising.... Sounds evil, but I still love Google ;)

--ZaNkY

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RE: wow
by Jimbo on Thu 5th Jan 2006 20:42 in reply to "wow"
Jimbo Member since:
2005-07-22

"This sounds like a good idea, the Real player thing sounds weird, but understandable to some degree. I've used Real Player before, it's a decent player, but a pain in the butt to use sometimes (won't go into details to stay on topic, but I got rid of it)."

Yeah, realplayer is a mess. I think they should have included real alternative, quicktime alternative, and media player classic instead.

Also, isn't Symantec Antivirus a product that you have to pay for? I wasn't aware of any free versions before now.

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RE[2]: wow
by Vorbisophile on Fri 6th Jan 2006 01:54 in reply to "RE: wow"
Vorbisophile Member since:
2006-01-06

RealPlayer formerly was a mess, especially in it's RealOne incarnation, but 10.5 is perfectly fine, and three times smaller than iTunes to download, which considering all it's functionality (if you like an all-in-one) is pretty good. The spying is there still, but it's optional, id est a few checkboxes that install tracking cookies to IE.

The only problem I have with RealPlayer at the moment is that for Ogg Vorbis support in the Windows version you need to install a patch, and unfortunately while that means you can play the files, RealPlayer is still unable to read Vorbis comments (maybe Real read the book though and decided they don't want to know what Vorbis thinks about music).

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