Wednesday, October 15, 2003


ZDNet UK - News - Apple will support rival DVD format  

ZDNet UK - News - Apple will support rival DVD format: "Apple will support rival DVD format

Ina Fried
CNET News.com
October 14, 2003, 14:30 BST

Apple's latest operating system will support several DVD formats, reversing past policy

After years of backing only one format in the recordable DVD format war, Apple Computer is adding limited support of a rival format into its operating system.

Apple, a longtime supporter of the DVD-R format, confirmed on Monday that it is adding support for DVD+R and DVD+RW into the Macintosh operating system with Panther, the new version of Mac OS X that ships next week. Apple is only adding support for backing up data and has not yet added support for the format into its media applications, such as iDVD and iTunes. "

Interesting. Apple, after watching its market share shrink since around the day the first IBM PC appeared, has finally decided that it's time to support third-party hardware. People who have been around as long as I have will no doubt be amazed. Apple has been the bastion of proprietaty hardware and software. It can't hurt, but it's about 15 years too late to reverse the trend. They should have done it from the time the Mac was introduced.

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