Is the Video iPod is on its Way?

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An interesting post at PDAlive which shows a picture of what could be a 'viPod'. The post points out that Apple have added video playing to the newest version of iTunes.

Click to go to post with bigger pic The pic attached to this post is half the size of the one over at the post on PDA live but the poster doesn't say where he got it from, so this could be a blag. You can click on the pic to go over to the post and make your own mind up.

I for one would love to have a video iPod and was surprised when Apple released the iPod Photo - it should have been the viPod. My preferences would be to have a 100GB HD with the ability to record TV shows on to it - MPEG4 would be nice.

It would also be nice if it kept the same connections so that current peripherals can be used.

The referenced thread is quite small at only 4 posts but I am sure if it is true and that is some sort of leaked picture, Apple will be sending Messrs Sue, Grabbit and Runne emblazoned with the wigs and gowns over to old PDAlive.

With the way that TV series are being released on DVD in both the US and the UK and how many of these things are sold, I would think that would be the market that Apple would have to get into. If they can undercut the DVD price by a fair bit, I would think it could turn into a goer. I'd buy video of George Galloway's testimony to the Senate this week.

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I think it is in the works I think there is a quiet race on to see who can deliver downloadable video content first and capture the market.

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With the way that TV series are being released on DVD in both the US and the UK and how many of these things are sold, I would think that would be the market that Apple would have to get into. If they can undercut the DVD price by a fair bit, I would think it could turn into a goer.

I agree, and this highlights the key to it, you need the content to sell, a good pricing model, and you need the software to make buying it so easy and attractive that everybody wants it. I would be happy just to be able to watch this stuff on a computer or laptop - I don't even need a portable device, but the key goes back to having content that I want to buy.

Specific to your quote on TV shows: there are a lot of TV shows that might not have enough following to justify the expense to release on DVD, but would easily be profitable for download.

 

>>I would be happy just to be able to watch this stuff on a computer or laptop

newer TV's have PC input, so if the quality is good enough....

 

Good point Gurtie. There has also been rumors of Apple coming out with a way to stream video wirelessly from computer to digital TV.

Also Apple just did that major upgrade to the Quicktime codec (eg. Quicktime 7) the two key features being much greater compression which is better for downloading and storage on harddrives and better picture quality at the same time. Two key plumbing type features needed to pull this off.

 

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QuickTime 7 makes the future of video crystal clear with new features including user-friendly controls and pristine H.264 video. This remarkably efficient codec allows the highest quality previews ever at amazingly low data rates, so even though the files are small the results are eye-opening.

Source: BBC Motion Gallery

I Hope So...

Man, I've heard of rumors for a video iPod for the past 2 years, which made me reluctant to get one until then. I finally cracked and bought a green mini. I like it, but I'm reserving the larger iPod purchase for a video.

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