QuickTime is software that allows Mac and Windows users to play back audio and video on their computers. QuickTime 7 Player takes advantage of the latest video compression technology. It's called H.264, and it's an important new industry standard that's quickly garnered widespread support. QuickTime 7 Player also supports a wide-range of industry-standard audio formats, including AIFF, WAV, MOV, MP4 (AAC only) and AAC/ADTS. But taking a deeper look, QuickTime is many things: a file format, an environment for media authoring and a suite of applications:

  • QuickTime Player — for playing back audio and video files
  • Browser plug-ins — for viewing media within a web page
  • PictureViewer — for working with still images (Windows only; Preview is available on Mac OS X)
  • MPEG-2 Playback Component — for playing back MPEG-2 content (requires separate purchase)

  • Support for iTunes 7.5
  • Updated support for creating iPhone-compatible web content
  • Updated JavaScript support in the QuickTime Web Plug-in
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • This release is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users
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Well, looking at www.apple.com/quicktime/download ... the minimum requirements are "Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Vista"... So no Win2k.... but man, even XP is 6-7 yrs old... Don't you think it's time to upgrade?

Using Orca, I installed the QuickTime 7.2 msi on Windows 2000 by changing the LaunchCondition from "VersionNT>=501" which is XP to "VersionNT>=500", but QuickTime 7.3 gives me an error message.

Error message: Entry point shparsedisplayname could not be found in shell32.dll

shparsedisplayname is a shell32.dll v6 call which is a version for XP and vista only. Maybe I'll try putting XP's shell32.dll in the quicktime directory. I'm not looking forward to moving to XP. Vista seems too screwed up to consider even though I have an MSDN license.

thanks for the update ;)

p.s. to bad the latest quicktime alternative is to buggy to use. otherwise i would use that instead.