Sunday, 12 December 2010

Chrome Media Player Still Alive

I asked John Resig, a developer for Mozilla who got a Cr-48, if Chrome OS has a media player.
I got this reply...
 

Hopefully This is genuine!  The full blog post is here. (Dave Smith was the first name that came into my head).

I want to explain why I think a Google Media Player is important...

1. Local storage isn't dead.
A media player for local content shows that Google will allow Chrome OS either to download content, or be used as a third device. (PC, Phone, Chrome). Either way it allows users control over their media, which is good, but does this mean cloud computing not ready for some purposes?


2. Physical Media isn't dead (yet)
64Gb SDs full of movies and music will be the new CDs, only easier to lose.


3. Codec Standardisation
There are lots of different formats out there, as anyone who has ever tried to live on Windows media player alone will understand.

If they add a media player to Chrome, Google have three options. They could try to be uber-compatible like VLC, they could start minimal and add more codecs as time goes on, or they could start minimal and stay minimal - for example: mp3 and webm only.

It wouldn't be like Google to force users into a corner, even though it would be simpler if everyone used webm for everything. I expect a Google Media Player would start minimal and allow developers to integrate their own codecs so that eventually eveything can be played.


4. Chrome Media Store
A no-brainer you might think, but could Google compete with iTunes? How much will be on the cloud? Is the bandwidth really there yet? Will certain types of content be downloadable? How does this affect security?

5. Piracy
If you don't have to upload your media then nobody will know what you have, or where it came from...


So, in conclusion, a Chrome OS media player is potentially huge for Google and therefore the Internet. So why is nobody else asking about this? Why does the Chrome website not mention this? Isn't it more important than a caps lock key?


Udpate!

lunigma 1 point 4 hours ago[-]
It'a alive now, I've used it. Under about:flags enable Media Player, it can't play .avi, .mkv, .mpeg, or .wmv files, but it can play .mp4, .mov. The media player shows up as a panel and can be minimized, put in full screen, resized and videos can be added to the queue from the Content Browser.

Thanks to lunigma for the information (via Reddit).

Just to clarify, in the address bar on the Cr-48, type in "about:flags" without the quotation marks, and enable media player.

Can someone get some images or video of this online please? Please note - you do this at your own risk:

WARNING These experimental features may change, break, or disappear at any time. We make absolutely no guarantees about what may happen if you turn one of these experiments on, and your browser may even spontaneously combust. Jokes aside, your browser may delete all your data, or your security and privacy could be compromised in unexpected ways. Please proceed with caution.









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