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Apple must convert the iPod faithful into QT faithful

updated 06:10 pm EDT, Mon April 4, 2005

Apple, MS & digital video

ZDNet blogger David Berlind says "not only won't Microsoft feel the halo effect of Apple's iPod, it may only be a matter of time before Apple is feeling the ." Microsoft doesn't think that the next version of its desktop operating system is going to suffer from any halo effect being introduced into the market by Apple's iPod. The company may have early inroads into a possible Internet video revolution with Windows Media, which is more widely used than its competitors. Berlind asks, "do you think there's any demand for mobile videos based on Real or Quicktime?" For Apple to seriously challenge Windows Media and Microsoft, it will have to "convert the iPod faithful into the Quicktime faithful." Windows Media and telecommunications networks "will be Microsoft's next franchise. The only hope for an alternative might be Quicktime."




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    media

    Inroads with video codecs is a lot trickier than audio, because most of the places that support or want to do video rely on funding from the source companies to pay for the conversions/bandwidth. At least it is in all the 'live' video feeds and news feeds you get on line. And as we all know, MS is alot more free with their money than Apple is.

  1. dashiel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    moron

    itunes requires quicktime. it's already winning.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Easy.

    Just integrate video into iPods, and make it easy to rip DVDs for viewing on them. Put iMovie integration into it so you can put your own movies on them. Integrate support with a PVR so you can put your favorite TV recordings on them.

    All this can be done now with Windows Media, but only clunkily and clandestinely. It could be so much better if Apple did it as well as they did music.

  1. David Hagan

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Huh?

    According to Frost and Sullivan, an independent analysis group Windows Media Player comprises 38.2% of the market, and is flat, where as Quicktime comprises 36.8% of the market and is growing.

  1. history1me

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    How ...

    Simply because a dim wit has a blog doesn't mean that his thoughts and Ideas are news worthy or that they are based on informed research.

  1. cc_foo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hoowee

    I am wondering: where is the XVID spokesperson?

  1. GaelDesign

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Stupid

    The open MPEG-4 standard H.264 is what will take over the market, that Apple provides that via QuickTime. Windows Media is a proprietary dead-end. I trust that the industry isn't so dumb as to allow MS to dominate yet another market. Hmm....OK, maybe my faith is misplaced. :)

  1. JackNN

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Furthermore ...

    The dimwit also doesn't seem to know what "halo effect" actually means.

  1. jbignell

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Options

    They need to remove the features that stop people from liking QuickTime....give people a pro version! Why do we have to pay extra? Partner with other companies that will use QuickTime like Sony and have the next version of the PS portable play mov file.

    My company offers Quicktime streaming and it is hard to get people connected. Hit is hard for companies to support QuickTime!

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Stop the nag..

    The quicktime pro nag is HORRIBLE, they need to stop it.

    Also, Quicktime can be streamed for free (thanks to Darwin Streaming Server), with free Quicktime live broadcasting plugins (for Pro IIRC). Darwin Streaming Server also uses Apache-style authentication, which is much easier to handle than the c*** that Real uses, and since it's opensource you could hook it into a number of authentication backends like LDAP or SQL databases..

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