Apple tonight posted a new public preview of QuickTime Streaming Server to its Web site. The newest release adds several enhancements and addresses issues with the previous release.
Enhancements in public preview 2 include: Provides a new Setup Assistant where you can configure basic settings. Provides the capability to configure and manage relays in the web admin. Native Hinted MPEG-4 Streaming – support for native MPEG-4 Hinted files as defined by the technical standard for interoperability proposed by the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA). Quality of Service Enhancements – tuning improvements to the congestion control, retransmit, and thinning server algorithms on reliable UDP streams. Native MP3/Icecast Streaming Support – http style streaming of native MP3 files including the ability to broadcast MP3 play lists, reflect Icecast streams, parsing and sending of MP3 ID tags. Playlist Broadcaster User Interface Enhancements
Apple notes that this software is pre-release and should not be used in a commercial operating environment or with important data. As a precaution, you should backup all of your data before installing the software and regularly while using it. This software expires on March 15, 2002.
QuickTime Streaming Server 4 Public Preview 2 requires latest version of Mac OS X Server, version 10.1 or later; Macintosh Server G4; Power Mac G4; Power Mac G4 Cube; iMac; Macintosh Server G3; or Power Macintosh G3 with at least 128MB of RAM and a 4GB hard disk (operating system fault tolerance requires a Macintosh Server G4 or a Power Mac G4 released in January 2001 or later). For high-demand servers running QuickTime Streaming Server, at least 512MB RAM is recommended.