Apple releases QuickTime 6

After an extended public preview, Apple Computer Inc. Monday released QuickTime 6, the latest version of their popular digital media technology.

QuickTime 6 features a file format that is used as the foundation of MPEG-4, a streaming media technology that delivers higher quality content with more conservation of bandwidth.

The software also features AAC Audio, the "new standard in professional audio," according to Apple. The codec used by QuickTime for AAC utilizes signal processing technology developed by Dolby Labs, and brings variable bit rate encoding to QuickTime as well.

QuickTime 6 also sports skip protection for streaming media, an updated user interface, a new DVC Pro PAL video codec, support for Macromedia Flash 5, a new JPEG 2000 still image code for Mac OS X, enhanced AppleScript support, and many new developer APIs. To learn more about the technology or to download it now, visit the link above.

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