“Chrome OS Will Have a Media Player”
It has been confirmed by the Chrome OS development team that the upcoming operating system will have a media player specially designed for it. This comes as great news for those who love their movies audio. This revelation was made during an interview by ‘ars technica’. Below is an except of the interview:
MP: Matthew Papakipos
MP: One thing that we mentioned during the launch that nobody’s picked upon, but you guys might be into, is the integrated media player.
Another big aspect to what we’re doing is we’re integrating a whole media player into Chrome and into Chrome OS. People often get confused about this, and it’s a fairly subtle but important point. Because in a sense what we’re doing is integrating the equivalent of Windows Media Player into Chrome itself.
To have a computer, that’s the other thing you need: you need a way to play JPEGs and MP3s and PDFs and all that stuff when you’re offline. For example, you might just have a USB key that has a bunch of MP3s on it, so you want to be able to plug that in and listen to those MP3s. There might not be any controlling webpage for that activity, but it’s clearly something you need to be able to do in any reasonable operating system or browser. So we’re doing a lot of work to make Chrome and Chrome OS handle those use cases really well.
RP: Is your approach to that standards-based, with HTML5 audio and video?
MP: Yes, definitely. Which is not to say… we love Flash, too, so we run with Flash as well. But we also love video tag and audio tag and all that stuff.
RP: Are you going to be exposing more codecs through the video tag?
MP: We’re not specifically looking at adding more codec support, but what I’m talking about is really orthogonal to the video/audio tag. Because the video/audio tag is designed for when you have a webpage that says, “I want to play this video.” But there’s also a use-case where you just have this USB key with an MP3 or a video file on it. How do I browse that when I’m not necessarily on any website whatsoever?
Another example is when someone mails you an MP3 in Gmail. You shouldn’t have to exit the browser to listen to that. We want to make that work directly in Chrome, and make it a really clean, smooth experience in ChromeOS.
So that’s the other big part of what we’re doing on the UI front, is integrating a whole media player framework into the browser. Which is not unusual, because other browsers do this, too. But it’s not something Chrome has done historically.
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