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Apple working on improved media streaming engines

updated 06:00 pm EDT, Tue May 17, 2011

Technology to be used in Mac, iOS, Windows

A job posting posted on Tuesday to Apple's website has revealed that the company is working on improvements to their streaming technologies, one of the main features in QuickTime and Core Animation and also used in a number of other products, including iTunes, Apple TV, Safari and others, AppleInsider reports. The position calls for a "Media Streaming Engineering Manager" who will "help develop our media streaming engine for our iOS, Mac OS X and Windows products."

The position may or may not have anything to do with the rumored recent emphasis on cloud-based services (in advance of an expected MobileMe revamp, following the alleged purchase of and speculation regarding an iTunes-based music streaming service similar to what has been recently offered by Amazon. QuickTime, the set of technologies that currently handles audio and video streaming from both a serving and receiving perspective, hasn't been substantially upgraded since the introduction of Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server.

The position is listed as being located in the Santa Clara Valley area and will be working with the Interactive Media Group. The job listing calls for a person who has "seasoned management experience" and "an excellent conceptual understanding and working knowledge of media system and networking technologies." The post says the successful candidate must "be able to work in a fast paced environment, operate gracefully under stress, and be self driven to be effective in an environment with little overhead."

An applicant will also need a thorough understanding of TCP/IP and network protocol design, media streaming system design and five years or more working with "media container formats, video decoding and media playback engines." Applicants are expected to be able to deliver "complex software releases on tight schedules with high quality."

In April, the company was revealed to be assembling a team within the IMG group to build "the future of cloud services" via a job posting for a "Cloud Systems Software Engineer." [via AppleInsider]

by MacNN Staff





  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If any device was ever MADE for QTVR, it's the iPad. Apple needs to bring back/modernize QTVR+Sprites for Lion and iOS ASAP. 360 degree photo environments with directional sound, touch to move through that virtual world.. IOW everything I imagined could come from that original postage stamp QTVR tour of the Apple campus in the early 90s...

    Now imagine all that that streaming to the iPad over 3G or WiFi...

    Include updated authoring tools in the next update to Aperture.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    stupid headline

    Yeah, they can't be just searching for a replacement for an existing position. It must be that Apple is working on improving these things!

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    QTVR is orphaned...

    ...based on all the recon I can gather. It is one thing to move to a new technology (3D?) but orphaning existing core software technology before a replacement has been put in place can only feed the critics of Apple. Very, very disappointing...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That was orphaned eons ago. Typical apple.

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