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I want to listen to an audio file on this BBC French language learning site.

However, the problem is that the audio file is a .ram file and from experience I don't want to install the Real Audio Player on my computer since it acts as adware, continually pops up, and is difficult to remove.

When I click on the .ram link, it asks me if I want to play it in my VLC media player, which attempts it but doesn't actually play or advance the play bar:

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The Windows Media Player attempts to change the format then fails:

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And Winamp does the same as VLC, actually opens it and pretends to play it but doesn't advance the play bar:

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How can I play this .ram audio file without installing Real Audio Player?

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have you tried "real alternative"? – barlop Aug 6 '11 at 6:00
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According to Wikipedia, Real Alternative requires the original RealPlayer to be installed.

It seems the only player that can play it "out of the box" is MPlayer. Downloads here.

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According to this blog, you can play .ram files with VLC. – Derek Greer Jan 6 '15 at 20:52

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