Apple’s Live Feed

John Gruber makes an interesting comment about the live-blogging craze:

How many years has it been since Apple has tried this? If it holds up — a big “if”, considering Apple’s previous live-streaming efforts — there goes the live-blogging racket.

Well, not exactly, if you read the first sentence of Apple’s press statement:

Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™.

Open standard.

Only allowed on Mac and iOS. Why cut off Windows users? They have the Quicktime frameworks as well. So, maybe it is possible on Windows, but they are just deliberately ignoring that fact in their statement.

Update: John just pointed out that QuickTime 7.6.7 for Windows doesn’t support the HTTP Live Streaming open standard —that is still under application for becoming an Internet standard. Another example of the poor state of QuickTime on Windows. Reminds me of the 90’s and early 2000’s where QuickTime for Windows was the only Apple product I had ever used. Dreadful.

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