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Apple Previews QuickTime 6 with MPEG-4

Release Awaits Changes to MPEG-4 License

QUICKTIME LIVE, LOS ANGELES—February 12, 2002—Apple® today previewed QuickTime® 6, featuring full support for MPEG-4, the emerging standard for streaming high quality content to computers and other digital devices. QuickTime 6, along with Apple’s new QuickTime Streaming Server 4 and the new QuickTime Broadcaster (see related release “Apple Previews New QuickTime Broadcaster Software”), enables the first complete MPEG-4 based streaming media solution.

Although the QuickTime 6 software is complete and ready for release, Apple is delaying its release until MPEG-4 video licensing terms are improved. The MPEG-4 licensing terms proposed by MPEG-LA (the largest group of MPEG-4 patent holders) includes royalty payments from companies, like Apple, who ship MPEG-4 codecs, as well as royalties from content providers who use MPEG-4 to stream video. Apple agrees with paying a reasonable royalty for including MPEG-4 codecs in QuickTime, but does not believe that MPEG-4 can be successful in the marketplace if content owners must also pay royalties in order to deliver their content using MPEG-4.

“MPEG-4 is the best format for streaming media on the web, and QuickTime 6 is the first complete MPEG-4 solution,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “MPEG-4 is poised for great success once the licensing terms are modified to allow content providers to stream their content royalty-free.”

QuickTime 6 provides a fully scalable, ISO compliant MPEG-4 solution for streaming media to the widest range of devices. Key features of QuickTime 6 include:

QuickTime is Apple’s industry-leading, standards-based software for developing, producing and delivering high quality audio and video over IP, wireless and broadband networks. Last year, 80 million users downloaded QuickTime Player via the Internet while tens of millions more copies were distributed via digital cameras, software titles and enhanced music CDs.

As the platform of choice for content creators worldwide, QuickTime delivers the full media experience for thousands of unique titles of enhanced music CDs and software titles. Additionally, QuickTime ships on more than 150 digital camera models to provide consumers with the highest quality media playback experience.

Apple also announced the immediate availability of QuickTime Streaming Server 4, Apple’s advanced open-source, standards-based streaming server, now with MPEG-4 and MP3 streaming capabilities.  QuickTime Streaming Server 4 does not require a MPEG-4 license and is therefore immediately available. QuickTime Streaming Server 4 features include:

QuickTime Streaming Server 4 is available as a free download at www.apple.com/quicktime/products/qtss.

Apple is a co-founder of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA), which is dedicated to the development of products and technologies that adhere to industry standards. QuickTime was chosen by the International Organization for Standards (ISO) as the file format for MPEG-4, providing the software with a deep level of compatibility with the standard. 

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