Apple's QuickTime Surpasses RealNetworks' RealPlayer
CUPERTINO, California—February 7, 2002—Apple® today announced that the results for calendar year 2001 are in—QuickTime® Player added 80 million new users, exceeding RealNetworks’ addition of 75 million new RealOne and RealPlayer users combined. The source of this data is from recently released information from RealNetworks and Apple. The most recent version of QuickTime, QuickTime 5, was released in April 2001 and is on target to reach 100 million downloads by April 2002.
The growth of QuickTime, Apple’s industry-leading software for creating, playing and streaming audio and video, is being driven by QuickTime’s high-quality user experience, and the broad base of QuickTime-based authoring tools that enable the creation of news, entertainment and virtual reality (VR) content. Additionally, streaming media is increasingly being used by corporations to deliver training, internal corporate communications and live streaming events, such as Apple’s record-setting webcast of the recent Macworld San Francisco keynote introducing the new iMac®.
“The data is simple and clear—in 2001 Apple added more QuickTime users than Real added RealOne and RealPlayer users,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “This doesn’t even take into account the tens of millions of QuickTime players that are being distributed with digital cameras, software titles and enhanced music CDs.”
QuickTime ships with more than 150 digital camera models, demonstrating consumer electronics companies’ use of QuickTime to provide consumers with the highest quality media playback experience. More than one dozen new software titles incorporating QuickTime ship each day, as content creators worldwide choose QuickTime to deliver the fullest media experience.
To learn more about how creative and technology visionaries are using open standards and QuickTime technology to shape the future of digital media, attend the annual QuickTime Live show in Los Angeles, California, February 11 - 14, 2002. To learn more about why QuickTime Live is the event for digital media visionaries to meet, learn and network, visit https://www.apple.com/quicktimelive/.
QuickTime 5 is available as a free download for Mac® and Windows users at www.apple.com/quicktime. QuickTime Pro is Apple’s professional-level upgrade to QuickTime Player and provides powerful content authoring and media encoding capabilities. QuickTime Pro is available for $29.99(US) at www.apple.com/quicktime/buy. Since it was launched, more than 1 million copies of QuickTime Pro have been sold.
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