More ramblings on the crappy Quicktime MPEG-2 playback affair. I just got hold of a "shareware" copy of the component for X ;-) and oh what a surprise, crappy Apple could not make it playback SVCDs. I guess the crappy CD filing system Mac OS has always had are to blame. VCDs and SVCD have 1 session with 2 tracks, and the data is always held in the 2nd data. That seems to drive the Finder nuts (both in 9 and X) and become impossible for it to either drag any file to the Desktop or let other applications not prepared to take SVCD's special structure into account open them. What a surprise that Windows software NOT aware of that can play those perfectly. I just tried with 1 SVCD, but it happens to play perfectly with the VLC client (http://www.videolan.org) and with the standalone DVD player hooked to the TV, so I do not think it might work with others. And I guess, then, the problem will be the same in Mac OS 9's version of the Quicktime MPEG-2 playback component (anyone?), which was the only hope for those users to play SVCDs. Straight to the bin.