After many years, the point where I could use a true video iPod (long commute) is moving from abstract to actuality. Going by just the Buyer's Guide here - and by the initial iPhone peek from Jan. - I'd love to wait until an iPhone-form-factor, widescreen video iPod comes out "soon." And in that case, I know the standard advice from these forums: "if you can wait, wait, if not buy it now." But in the last day or so, I've started wondering if Apple will ever release an iPhone-style video iPod. 1. All of the marketing materials/copy are referring to the iPhone in part as "the best iPod we've ever made." It's not an iPhone with video; it's AN iPOD. Why then would the iPod need to be updated with widescreen video? It "already" will have that video on June 29! So would go the Apple logic. 2. Apple is generally loath to encroach on its high-end products with mid-range ones. Thus no headless prosumer iMac. You get 24" or you get a Mini. 3. In this specific case, a video iPod anytime in the next 6 months might poach iPhone sales. "I already have a phone, and this cheaper model does almost everything else!" 4. Practically, a music player with only visual controls (not physical buttons) would be very hard to use in your pocket, on your belt, on an armband, etc. So...hmm, I don't know...any thoughts? It's not just "buy now or wait"; it's "buy now or wait for something that may well never exist." The likelihood of that last part - will it ever exist? - is what I'd like comment on. On the plus side, there are at least two things working in favor of a video iPod: 1. 8 whole gigs of memory for watching videos (for only $599!) is a 10-fold step back from what's already sold. 2. What the hell else will they do with the product line to justify new revisions & new sales? 80gb of flash memory? Thumbnail-sized? Do people want an iPod that can be fitted nasally?