More on IE 5 for Mac’s Scrapped Media Playback Toolbar

Maf Vosburgh:

I devised and coded the Mac IE 5 media toolbar in the second half of 1999. The toolbar could stream music playlists or play video in a floating movie window, while you browsed the web. It had a lovely UI designed by Nikki Barton. It was cool. […]

The weird thing is that the whole feature was basically a love letter to QuickTime Streaming with open standard SHOUTcast as an after-thought. The people up in Redmond wanted us to be implementing Video for Windows support instead and we didn’t want to because we were Mac heads.

Interesting coda to Jimmy Grewal’s story on IE 5 for Mac’s origins yesterday.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020