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Old Jan 18, 2005, 02:48 PM   #1
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iPod won't go to the movies

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Old Jan 18, 2005, 03:03 PM   #2
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'..ruled out a video-capable version of the music player anytime soon.'

I don't believe anything Apple say. They will be researching this but they will not be openly admitting anything to the wide world & their competitors.

In fact, a denial from Apple almost seems like a confirmation these days.

We. Shall. See.
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Old Jan 18, 2005, 03:15 PM   #3
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I don't really think of a video-capable iPod as something to play DVD-ripped (or downloaded) feature films anyway. What would be really cool is if you could download recorded TV programs from your TiVo (or similar device). In that case you might not be so concerned about the lower resolution picture, and with the smaller chunks of video to view this is more adaptable to on-the-go applications (such as watching shows on your bus ride or during your lunch break).

Any argument against a video iPod that relies on legal issues with the film/DVD industry just doesn't sound like a complete argument to me. There are more applications than just watching commercial feature films.
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Old Jan 18, 2005, 07:59 PM   #4
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an iPod Photo costs $600 and has a 3" screen. an iPod Video would have to no doubt have a larger screen, since as everyone who is interested in this idea beyond "wow" factor agrees, a 3" movie isn't much fun. For $400 more, you can get a 12" iBook which even has a DVD drive so you could rent movies in airports, and comes with other worthwhile features such as being able to swap batteries, check your email and download porn.

Apple would have to do some serious engineering to make an iPod Video cheap and good enough. I'd imagine they'd have to come up with some sort of 5" LCD fast-response color screen, which is touch sensitive, so that the clickwheel could be overlaid on the video -- otherwise the device becomes too large. A translucent graphic resembling the clickwheel will probably appear whenever someone touches the screen. Actually, that might be pretty cool - i should patent that idear.
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Old Jan 19, 2005, 12:10 AM   #5
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I agree. Already iPod photos are relatively niche products, evidenced by the average selling price of all iPods sold by Apple ($264). Apple would be wasting its time by spending time engineering a video iPod that would have to sell for at least $100 more, and then you might as well buy an iBook (or a used iBook for that matter) which would cost you only a little bit more.

Watching video is an active process. Listening to music is a passive process. That's why so many people want music players -- because it can help pass the time while they do something else. But with a video iPod, you can't do anything else while watching the video, so there's no real advantage over a laptop. You can listen to music while you work, while you type (like I'm doing right now), or even while you attempt to go to sleep. You can't do that with a video iPod.

A video iPod would sell to very little people, and therefore Apple would not get much return from the R&D invested into such a device. A better strategy would be to find how to reduce the price of an iBook, so that it would be even more affordable than it is now.
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