Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd May 2010 09:41 UTC
Benchmarks Now that Google has opened up VP8, the big question is obviously how it'll hold up to H264. Of course, VP8 already wins by default because it's open source and royalty free, but that doesn't mean we should neglect the quality issue. Jan Ozer from has put up an article comparing the two codecs, and concludes that the differences are negligible - in fact, only in some high-motion videos did H264 win out. As always, this is just one comparison and most certainly anything but conclusive. Update: Another comparison. I can't spot the difference, but then again, I'm no expert.
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The point that you miss as someone who has very obviously never put anything on the line in business themselves is that the YouTube app is already on the iPhone, and Google as much as Apple, have benefited from it being there, so why should Apple have to write anything so that an existing app can keep working? Why should users have to upgrade their phone's OS so they can keep using an existing app? Users will never blame Google for the YouTube player not working any more, they will blame Apple, who will have had no part in breaking it. Bad vibe for Apple, Google wins on the Android front. Anti-competitive. If you'd spent any appreciable time in support you'd know that, but alas.

Apple's fault.

Apple knows perfectly well that the policy for web standards, and hence HTML5, is "ROYALTY-FREE", yet Apple still shipped millions of i-devices with no support for open codecs, but instead supported only a patent-encumbered codec.

The W3C Patent Policy governs the handling of patents in the process of producing Web standards. The goal of this policy is to assure that Recommendations produced under this policy can be implemented on a Royalty-Free (RF) basis.

Apple's fault. Apple should pay the cost.

Perhaps Apple can ask Google to code a VP8 accelerator for the iPhone/iPad/iPod, and Apple can then upgrade everybody's i-device for free. That is just about the only way that I can see how Apple can extract themselves from their current PR mess.

Edited 2010-05-24 10:34 UTC

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