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Steve Jobs Responds to New Google Video Format

Steve Jobs Responds to New Google Video Format

Posted May 20, 2010 at 8:50pm by iClarified · 12010 views
Steve Jobs has responded to Google's announcement of a new video format to replace H.264.

A Register reader sent an email to Jobs asking him what his thoughts were...

Hey Steve,
What did you make of the recent VP8 announcement?

Jobs replied with only a link to a posting by Jason Garrett-Glaser, who works on an open source h.264 encoder project. Jason is not impressed with the WebM format. He calls the spec
imprecise, unclear, overly short, and so similar to H.264 that it will likely cause a lawsuit.

VP8 is simply way too similar to H.264: a pithy, if slightly inaccurate, description of VP8 would be "H.264 Baseline Profile with a better entropy coder". Though I am not a lawyer, I simply cannot believe that they will be able to get away with this, especially in today's overly litigious day and age. Even VC-1 differed more from H.264 than VP8 does, and even VC-1 didn't manage to escape the clutches of software patents. Until we get some hard evidence that VP8 is safe, I would be extremely cautious

It would seem that Steve Jobs agrees; making it unlikely that Apple will support WebM.

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Steve Jobs Responds to New Google Video Format
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turim - May 21, 2010 at 2:50am
The most successful companies will be the ones who supports most formats. Why should end-users suffer Wars of the Formats? Don´t be evil...
Albertini - May 21, 2010 at 9:21am
Steve Jobs is an idiot, apple would continue to grow, but not at the same rate that the demand does, just because they will be left aside by the rest, iphone will be a small portion soon, just because droid os is maturing, ipad not to impressive, i would rethink about apple in a couple of years, for me they peak already.
JWalker - January 12, 2011 at 12:26am
@Albertini Your comment was as smart as a rock. Everything Googles does is copied, bought, or stolen. They preach openness but at every turn they lie and trick. I can't see why so many fall for the smoke and mirrors it sickens me. At least with Apple you know what you get. Google is pissing in the wind and your right behind them!
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