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Is Quicktime Nagware?

December 18, 2007

Quicktime for Windows has several annoying characteristics for those of us who prefer not to install iTunes: (i) everytime an update for Quicktime comes out it asks if you want to install iTunes as well (a request to ignore Quicktime plus iTunes is honored, but only until the next Quicktime update is released); (ii) it installs a shortcut on the desktop and the Quick Launch toolbar; (iii) it has a tendency to take over file associations from other applications (although less so in recent versions).

Apple is certainly within their rights to design their installer this way, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. The fact that Apple would like to make Quicktime a standard, just enhances this annoyance.

Does Microsoft do this with any of its Codecs? Just asking!

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