Apple tunes up QuickTime for wireless

Apple Computer released a new version of its QuickTime multimedia software on Thursday, adding support for the creation, delivery and playback of video over wireless networks.

Known as QuickTime 6.5, the upgrade fills out Apple's support for high-speed 3G, or third-generation, wireless networks, according to the company's director of QuickTime product marketing, Frank Casanova. QuickTime 6.5 includes native support for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2), the media standard used in wireless networks that use CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) 2000. The CDMA standard is one of two major technologies used to create high-speed wireless networks. In July, Apple introduced similar support for the other major high-speed wireless media standard, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), which is used in GSM, or Global System for Mobile Communications, networks.

Apple also announced on Thursday that CDMA 2000 carrier KDDI, Japan's second-largest wireless service provider, has endorsed QuickTime 6.5 as a multimedia format on its network. The Cupertino, Calif.-based Mac maker has already won an endorsement for QuickTime from the leading wireless company in Japan, NTT DoCoMo, which runs a GSM network.

News source: C|Net News.com

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