How to Play RAM Files Without Real Player

By Contributing Writer

Real Audio makes a couple of free media players that can play the common audio formats as well as Real Audio's special streaming media formats. RAM files are one type of the streaming media formats. Playing these files without having to download and install a Real Audio player can make your life easier as a casual media user. The only practical alternative to Real Audio player is to download the Real Alternative codec and use Windows Media Player that comes with Windows.

Step 1

Use the browser to go to "" and click on the top download link.

Step 2

Click "Save file" when the pop-up comes up and select a location to save the codec.

Step 3

Open "My Documents" and find the location where you saved the codec, then double click on the file.

Step 4

Click "Next" twice.

Step 5

Choose the location where you want to install the codec and then click "Next".

Step 6

Check the boxes of the components you want to install and then click "Next." You don't have to install the player, though the Real Alternative selection does need to be installed.

Step 7

Choose where the icons will be placed on the start menu then click "Next."

Step 8

Check all four boxes then click "Next."

Step 9

Click "Install" to install the codec. Once the codec is installed, Windows Media Player will play RAM files, which removes the need to have Real Player.

Tips & Warnings

  • This codec will also work occasionally with WinAMP, though it is not designed for interfacing with WinAMP.

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