I know a few Windows users end up unhappy to have to download all 50MEG+ of iTunes just to get Apple's occasionally necessary Quicktime viewer (I'm certainly one), but as announced June 11th at the Apple Developer Conference by Steve Jobs, Apple's new "Safari 3" browser will soon be added to all QuickTime and iTunes downloads as well.
Apple is unhappy with IE's 78% market share, and Firefox's 15% share (Apple has about 4%) and wants to grow their own share to 20%.
Jobs from yesterday as reported by PC Week today (June 12th) :
"But how are we going to distribute this? I mean, we don't talk to these customers, do we? There are 500K downloads of Firefox a day—what are we going to do? Well, it turns out that there are over a million downloads on iTunes a day ... half a billion downloads to Windows machines. We know how to reach these customers, and we're going to do exactly that," he said.
So, pretty soon that Quicktime viewer is going to be even larger than the current 55 MEG it is now.
So..... is this all to make browsing better for Windows users? Nope! It's all to get the world's website owners to change their pages to be friendlier to Safari, which is of course ......the browser on the iPhone. So, all you Windows users with iPods (and folks like me who occasionally need to open a Quicktime file) will be taking one for the iPhone
I mean, what good is a website that can't be easily viewed on the iPhone's 1" by 2" screen? No good, evidently....