Now YouTube has Google backing, they can stop making us watch Flash video. Everyone who cares about video quality, from Hollywood, to the BitTorrent-using TV bootleggers use mpeg4. Everyone who doesn't uses Flash.
I've pointed out before how Apple screwed things up, but it is still fixable. Heres my 5 point plan.
- Apple, drop the tacky upgrade ads. Seriously, they make you look like the Giselle wannabee here. You don't need the money from the upgrades, you give away better editing tools on the Mac, and you're just pissing people off needlessly.
- GooTube, write a detection script, and give us MPEG4 quality if we have QT or another player installed. Google Video has nice MPEG4 versions, but they force you to download them completely and play later. Stop that.
- Apple, make QT play DiVX AVIs and the other MPEG4 variants. You have the codecs, you have the parsing, you have the engineers. You should have done this 5 years ago. Heck, just bundle Perian and port it to Windows.
- Google, drop your client, adopt Democracy Player and promote it.
- Everyone: forget DRM.
After all we deserve better than having to put up with Flash video.