I have been through the posts in this forum about the speculations for the next iPod, and I'm very frustrated to read that very little discussion is about video specs. There is too much talk about this wireless, Internet, even organizer crap. Geez guys, the iPod is NOT a phone, or Blackberry or Palm Pilot its a music and video machine. I do like the newer playback features of the iPhone, and should be included in the next iPod, but thats where the similarities should end. I believe its video specs that Apple should work on for the next iPod to ensure differentiation from the iPhone, especially since the video specs are currently very weak. Since I know Apple reads these forums, heres a good step in the right direction: 1- Include the Main profile for H.264 on the iPod. Baseline is already too old. As well, if youre going to include Main, then include CABAC, otherwise theres no point. Dont make the same mistake like on @ TV which has ticked off many people. Im certain that the time has come for portables to be able to handle higher complexity video. 2- Increase the bitrate max from 1500kbps to at least 2500kbps for better quality video. 3- Include anamorphic playback true DvD type resolutions. The rez of 640x480 is a step in the right direction, but Apple shouldnt limit their hardware to just square pixels. This will be a great feature if Apple creates a screen much like the iPhone and will be real cool when hooking up for TV playback. 4- And speaking of TV playback, this should be the main focus of Apple for the next iPod. Make the portable a true video machine that can port video and play it on any available TV and still look great. HDTV is selling well, and the iPod can be a companion to it in many ways. Were all sick of encoding for several different formats. Dont reduce the iPod to the least common denominator. Yes, QT compatibility is important, but lets have one common format thats got great portability among devices and truly enhances the real potential of H.264. As well, this will make Apple a true leader, setting standards in an age where music, images and even video is truly portable and compatible among many platforms. Make hardware incompatibility obsolete. Thanks for reading. Id love to hear others opinions on this.