Jobs doesn't seem to think that Google's new open source video codec, VP8, is up to snuff. Announced Wednesday, VP8 is promised by Google to be a high-quality video codec "efficiently adapting to the varying processing and bandwidth conditions found on today‚Äôs broad range of web-connected devices."
Google was able to acquire the codec when the company bought out video codec developers On2 Technologies. Though a recent email to Steve Jobs from a gentleman named Kris Bloe asking for his thoughts on VP8 helps clarify his stance.
It was a URL: http://x264dev.multimedia.cx/?p=377
The URL takes you to the blog of a software developer at x264, who had early access to the VP8 code.
Here are some excerpts from his post:
"But first, a comment on the spec itself.
"Overall, VP8 appears to be significantly weaker than H.264 compression-wise."
"it seems that Google is not open to changing the spec: it is apparently ‚Äúfinal‚Äù, complete with all its flaws."
If that all-caps "AAGGHH!" is any indication of his feelings, and reflects Job's own thoughts on the codec, it's safe to bet that Apple won't be accepting the codec with open-arms.