Wireless iPods, Soon?

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    Digitimes claims that Apple is expected to launch an iPod that supports "wireless capabilities" to compete with Microsoft's upcoming Zune-branded MP3 players.

    While Digitimes has not been an especially accurate source of information in the past, there has been a lot of buzz and discussion about wireless iPods as well as a new Apple phone, along with some possible middle ground between the two.

    Steve Jobs was rumored to have been talking-up an upcoming Apple phone. Meanwhile, one analyst expects Apple to release a new wireless iPod this fall to compete with Microsoft's Zune which will feature over-the-air music downloads. Finally, previous Apple patent applications show that Apple has been working on this technology as well.
     
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    I hope to god they don't use bluetooth. I've had nothing but bad sound quality with those types of headphones.
     
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    well... i might as well give Apple and Nintendo my credit card number.
     
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    Knowing Apple, if they are going in introduce wifi/bluetooth, they will only add the feature if it is up to their standards.
     
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    Digitimes?

    iBook G5 and PowerBook G5 Digitimes?

    Yah right.

    Sorry but I've had it with new iPod rumours. They'll come when they come and they won't be as revolutionary as we'd thought.

    Massively fed up now.
     
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    Wonder if the wireless ipod wont be the iphone, and the release of itunes 7 will also come along with the release of either?

    Going wireless is inevitable, even entry level PDA's not have wifi (802.11b and g) and reviewers are critisising the mac pro for the lack of bluetooth as a default. The world is going wireless, its just a matter of time.
     
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    I think they'll use 802.11 for wireless. That way, I can stream my music from iPod to Airport Express directly. Although Firewire/USB will still be the primary I/O.
     
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    Whens Wireless USB coming? That could be an option.
     
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    Compete with Zune? Seriously? Zune is even on Apple's radar?

    Let me get this straight, maybe I'm mistaken. Is this the same Zune that was announced that it will "play music! videos! games! ... wait... no, we changed our minds... no games. And videos? Yeah we can't quite get that to work, it won't do that either. But it plays music! And looks like an iPod... except its a tad on the fugly side...."

    Please. Apple already has something to compete with this, its called the iPod. Who needs wireless??
     
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    meh

    give me an iphone pda type device with that deflatable mouse that can slide into a slot when not needed and gestures :confused: :D
     
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    If they use WiFi with the new iPods, they'll need a chunky battery. When I still used a PDA, the battery life nose dived when you turned on the WiFi. . .
     
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    I'm thinking this too. I thnk the rumours of a new nano enclosure may also be the iphone. I guess we'll see but as Chundles points out this isn't the most reliable source of info (Digitimes).
     
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    Who is the competition?

    I wish whoever posted this would get it straight - Microsoft is coming out with zune to compete with iPod. They are the one with the new product that will inevitably suck.

    I don't understand why this post says that Apple is coming out with wireless capabilities to compete with zune - if nobody has wireless out yet, then there is not much a competition. And it certainly isn't Apple hoping to be the ones to catch up.
     
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    At least Apple seem to be avoiding standing still. That's a good thing as it's hard to stay at the top of the market forever. Especially when MS are concerned.
     
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    Its going to be extremly tough to decide between a wii and a fullscreen ipod. I really want a wii.
     
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    I really wish Nintendo had thought harder about that name.

    Then again I should be thankful they didn't call it the Puu.

    :)

    (Sorry).
     
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    Well, it sounds like the next iPod's going to be a rather large update if half the rumors are to be believed.
     
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    The post says apple is going to compete with Zune because everyone knows almost everything about zune, with the exception of having a physical zune apple can at least stay on top by brining in inovative features before zune has them.
     
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    Digitimes... Page 1... What has happened to the world! :p
     
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    I didnt even think about the wii.... :eek: I still dont see why nintendo and apple cant get in bed together, they both would like to see M$ fail, and they both could profit from a aliance, just imagine, pluging the ipod into the wii and then shopping for music on the wii... :cool:
     
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    I would also love that feature.:D
     
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    Well there are rumors that you will be able to download old nintendo games onto the new iPod.
     
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    I thought Zune was not going to support wireless music downloads? So many rumors.
     
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    Wireless headphones ... maybe. Much needed but requires finesse.

    Wireless iPod phone ... sweet. Much needed but requires finesse.

    Needless to say, the phone iPod line needs a generation bump seeing as they're all approaching or beyond their first anniversary. Apple don't need to improve them to beat Zune, but they do need to improve them to create the buzz which will humiliate Zune!

    Games though ... hmm. Sure I like Nintendo and the comparisons between them and Apple are often accurate, but they're worlds apart when it comes to focus. Maybe something someday. But not yet I think.
     

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