Apple today announced that in 2001, QuickTime was downloaded 80 million times. That compares to 75 million new RealOne and RealPlayer downloads combined. The figures are based on recently released data from RealNetworks and Apple. Apple expects to see 100 million downloads by April of this year.
QuickTime is Apple’s software for creating, playing and streaming audio and video. It’s available as a free download for Mac and Windows operating systems. A Pro version is also available. The US$29.99 Pro version adds content authoring and media encoding capabilities.
“The data is simple and clear — in 2001 Apple added more QuickTime users than Real added RealOne and RealPlayer users,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “This doesn’t even take into account the tens of millions of QuickTime players that are being distributed with digital cameras, software titles and enhanced music CDs.”
To that end, QuickTime is included with more than 150 different models of digital cameras. More than a dozen new software titles incorporating QuickTime ship per day, according to Apple. Apple also noted that since it was launched, QuickTime Pro has sold more than 1 million copies.
The news comes on the eve of QuickTime Live, Apple’s annual show in Los Angeles, Calif. which examines QuickTime in depth. The event starts February 11 the and runs through the 14th.