Product Details

QuickTime is a multimedia technology developed by Apple Computer, capable of handling various formats of digital video, sound, text, animation, music, and immersive panoramic (and sphere panoramic) images.

Apple released the first version of QuickTime on December 2, 1991 as a multimedia add-on for System Software 6 and later. The lead developer of QuickTime, Bruce Leak, ran the first public demonstration at the May 1991 Worldwide Developers Conference, where he played Apple's famous 1984 TV commercial on a Mac, at the time an astounding technological breakthrough. Microsoft's competing technology — Video for Windows — did not appear until November 1992.

QuickTime 5.0 for Mac OS appeared on April 23, 2001. It added "skins" to the QuickTime Player and multiprocessor image compression support. The other notable addition was the controversial move of making full screen video modes only available to QuickTime Pro license holders, a state of affairs that remains to this day. Four years later, on May 9, 2005, Apple released iTunes 4.8 with support for viewing full screen QuickTime video, through iTunes.

Minimum System Requirements

Spec Details
Operating System: Mac OS 7.5.5
Processor: PowerPC
RAM: 24 MB


QuickTime 5.0.5 (PowerPC Only)

Technical Notes

You may notice that after installing QuickTime 5, JPEG images will display improperly or not at all. To solve this problem, remove and delete the file named "QuickTime JPEG Update" from the "Extensions" folder inside your "System Folder" on your hard drive, and restart. This file is meant for newer Macs running Mac OS 9, and is incompatible with Mac OS 7.

For 68k Macs

QuickTime version 5 will not work on your computer. The latest version for 68k Macs is QuickTime 4.0.3. For your convenience, this download is also provided:

QuickTime 4.0.3 (68k Only)

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