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QuickTime 5

What would an Internet experience be like without streaming sound and video? If you have a dial-up connection, the answer is enjoyable—but for those of us lucky enough to have broadband access, streaming media is reasonably feasible through the use of the QuickTime Player provided with Mac OS X. QuickTime is Apple's digital media engine that processes everything from MIDI to movies and still images. For more information about the QuickTime API, see Chapter 1, “Mac OS X Component Architecture.”

In this chapter, we're interested in QuickTime's streaming capabilities. QuickTime uses the Internet standard, RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol), to deliver high-quality streams based on any of the QuickTime codecs. In addition, QuickTime can use traditional protocols such as FTP and HTTP.


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