Can Flash be reduced to a controllable toolbar on your start bar, and can it
be told to stay on top of other windows . both features that I for one use a
lot with WMP and (OMG) RP as well.
Or, if you like consolidation, just install Media Player Classic. (via
RealAlternative if you want out-of-the-box RMV/RA support :) I use MPC and
WMP, sometimes WMP just manages to decode less intensively but usually it's
just MPC combined with a recent ffdshow-tryout for my day to day media
playback. Far outstrips VLC's performance.
To be honest, I don't know why the Beeb didn't ever recommend
RealAlternative for playing back Real streams! It's pretty idiot-proof and
you get none of the nags. :)