updated 04:30 pm EDT, Sat April 17, 2010
Apple chief says YouTube good for some HD
Apple CEO Steve Jobs this week told someone who e-mailed him directly that YouTube would be a better option than Blu-ray at present for sharing HD video. When asked about the possibility of Macs carrying Blu-Ray drives, he said only that "YouTube now supports HD video" and by extension would be a good option for high-quality footage. Google in recent months gave YouTube support for full 1080p video as well as true 720p, which in theory would let HD camcorders get video at full resolution, albeit at a lower bitrate than on Blu-ray.
The company is one of the few computer builders not to produce any systems with Blu-ray onboard, but it may be hesitant to adopt the format due to both cost and practicality hurdles. Blu-ray drives and their implementations are still significantly more expensive than DVD equivalents, and the HD format requires much more stringent AACS copy protection that has to pervade the operating system where DVD is relatively simple.