Apple Media Event September 2010: Why Live Video Is Mac Only

By Jamie Pert - Sep 1, 2010

You may be aware that it’s Apple’s Media Event tonight, but if you are looking forward to watching the live stream from your PC running Windows (or any other operating system for that matter), then think again as the stream will only be available to those using an Apple device such as a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

But for those of you who think it is only because Apple wants its ‘fans’ watching with their own branded devices, that’s not strictly true.

The HTTP protocol that is being used to stream the event live uses a feature of Apple’s multimedia player Quicktime X that is currently not supported by Windows devices.

The newest version of Quicktime that is currently downloadable for Windows users is version 7.6, which is the second newest version and was released in January 2009.

Although Apple say that Quicktime X is a “major leap forward that advances modern media and Internet standards,” it has also been slated for being even more complicated to implement that older live stream protocols used in the past.

Users who do have an Apple product will need a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X version 10.6, an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or higher or an iPad to view the live stream. Others will have to make do with the live blog.

Source: Read Write Web

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