Apple launches QuickTime 4 and clogs the Internet
Apple QuickTime Player, version 4. Image credit: Apple
Since Apple first launched QuickTime in 1991, it’s become the go-to solution for handling almost any audio, video and media task on both Macs and Windows PCs. Apple has promoted each new release of QuickTime in part by offering current movie trailers on its website.
One of the biggest releases in QuickTime history was version 4, released on June 8, 1999. It included a key feature: support for streaming media. This new feature meant that users could now play video over the Internet either from a file stored on a server or from a live broadcast right away — without waiting to download the entire video file.