Apple balks at MPEG-4 royalty payments
Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: MusicDish - February 14, 2002
Apple's QuickTime 6 software with full support for MPEG-4 is now ready for
release. But you won't be able to get it (officially) until "MPEG-4 video
licensing terms are improved," Apple says.
"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," the company states.
"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."
However, Apple has announced the immediate availability of QuickTime
Streaming Server 4, Apple's 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: full MPEG-4 support, allowing
MPEG-4 content to be streamed live or on demand; ability to serve MP3 files
or playlists to standard MP3 players, such as iTunes, QuickTime player or
WinAmp; enhancements to the web-based administration tool; and quality of
service and skip protection enhancements. It's available free from