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chri5
post Nov 6 2007, 14:08
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An appeal to Apple: Incorporate AAC+ in iTunes media player.

It's free and takes less than a minute of your time. Thanks.


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LANjackal
post Nov 7 2007, 04:18
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Yeah, good luck with that one.


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post Nov 7 2007, 06:23
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I hate to say it but people have been asking for AAC+ (or rather HE-AAC) support in iTunes for quite a bit of time. It wouldn't really benefit owners of full sized iPod models but iPod nano, mini, touch, and iPhone users would benefit from it. Still, don't be surprised if nothing happens as people have been asking for HE-AAC support ever since the 2G iPod mini came out in 2004.
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chri5
post Nov 7 2007, 08:56
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I know this is an old topic and I'm sure I've seen a petition similar before but it can't hurt to ask again.

Quoting one of the petition supporters 'As more and more webradios use AAC+ for encoding, iTunes is becoming more and more useless for online radio listening.'


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post Nov 8 2007, 10:31
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QUOTE (chri5 @ Nov 7 2007, 09:56) *
I know this is an old topic and I'm sure I've seen a petition similar before but it can't hurt to ask again.

Quoting one of the petition supporters 'As more and more webradios use AAC+ for encoding, iTunes is becoming more and more useless for online radio listening.'


Shouldn't you rename that petition to "HE-AAC in Quicktime?"?

Improvements in Quicktime are long overdue:
- subtitle support (currently only for dvd, not possible with .mp4 video)
- performance (pretty awful compared to pretty much any other decoder out there)
- HE-AAC of course
This cannot be added through QT plugins, as .mp4 containers will always be handled by Apple's demuxers/decoders. And this is why people flock to VLC, with its downsides (it crashes a lot and cannot work as a backend to iTunes/FrontRow).

Quicktime has not seen a significant update in almost four years, and it starts to hurt OS X as a multimedia platform. Either Apple is developing a major new version (QT8 I guess) or they've put their QT programmers on different projects.

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chri5
post Nov 17 2007, 13:16
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QUOTE (eofor @ Nov 8 2007, 09:31) *
Shouldn't you rename that petition to "HE-AAC in Quicktime?"?


I could do as long as it meant I could listen to a AAC+ radio streams in iTunes.


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post Nov 17 2007, 14:17
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QUOTE (chri5 @ Nov 17 2007, 13:16) *
I could do as long as it meant I could listen to a AAC+ radio streams in iTunes.

That's what it means. Quicktime is the multimedia engine used by iTunes for playback of audio and video contents. People tend to reduce this backend just to the Quicktime Player, though in fact it's the technological base for a lot of Apple's multimedial solutions.
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post Nov 19 2007, 19:43
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QUOTE (eofor @ Nov 8 2007, 01:31) *
This cannot be added through QT plugins, as .mp4 containers will always be handled by Apple's demuxers/decoders.


You can replace the h264 decoder by just adding another imdc/avc1 component. I haven't tried audio but I guess adding another CoreAudio component would replace the AAC-LC decoder too.

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Quicktime has not seen a significant update in almost four years, and it starts to hurt OS X as a multimedia platform. Either Apple is developing a major new version (QT8 I guess) or they've put their QT programmers on different projects.


The entire current API is deprecated, we're promised a new one sometime. The audio stuff has already been replaced, though, so it's not the reason for the other missing MPEG4 stuff. What are the licensing fees like?
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