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Before iTunes, there was QuickTime, a multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc.  First released in December 1991, this framework was capable of playing various digital formats and able to handle panoramic images, picture, sound and interactivity.  The latest version for Mac is QuickTime X and is available on Mac OS X Snow Leopard. While Windows users were able to use Quick Time Player to watch videos and listen to sound, the support for the Windows version was stopped by Apple in 2016. Around April of this year, there was a call for Windows users to uninstall QuickTime because Apple was already not supporting it. Whatever issues and vulnerabilities will be on the shoulders of the users, just as when Microsoft XP was not supported anymore.

QuickTime Player Update for Windows

For Windows users, the latest version of QuickTime was 7.7.9. This was released on January 7, 2016. QuickTime Player 7.0 was first released in 2005 with Mac OS X v10.4. It offered many features such as enhanced MPEG-4 compliance and it supported Core Image filters in Mac OS X v.10.4 on live video, Quartz composer animations, distinct decode order and display order, QuickTime Kit Framework and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec. Updates reached up to version 7.7.9 up until support was pulled out for the Windows version.  The reason behind are the issues with the previous versions. When version 7.0.4 came out, there were bugs found and the succeeding versions also had vulnerabilities. Apple was quick to provide instructions on how to uninstall QuickTime 7 for Windows.

QuickTime X

After QuickTime 7, there was a big leap and so QuickTime X came to be. This is an exactly different version in the sense that QuickTime X was completely rewritten. It now has modern audio codecs in 64-bit.

Meanwhile, last May, reports surfaced that Adobe will release fix for QuickTime Windows.