I love having Rhapsody music service, but their RealPlayer interface sucks. Badly. This piece of junk takes up 30% CPU when it’s just sitting there not even playing music. I get constant hangs and pauses between songs, and Rhapsody will often hang my entire system for several minutes (like five to ten) when moving from one album in a playlist to another.
My system’s an old Dell with a 1.3GHz machine and 512MB RAM, but I don’t think any app should beat up this configuration so badly. Besides, what’s up with the 30% utilization when the damned app is idle ??
Rhapsody’s answer to my trouble ticket? Bump up Rhapsody’s priority to Realtime. Great. Now I’ve got a lousy app which sucks up too much CPU time already, plus I get to degrade all other apps while I’m running the thing.