iPod video?

Speculation is everywhere: will Apple will introduce a video ipod? And now Apple is cranking up the buzzmachine again. “The company sent an invitation to reporters on Monday morning for a “special event” being held Sept. 7 in San Francisco. “1,000 songs in your pocket changed everything,” the invitation reads, referring to the release of the first 5GB iPod nearly four years ago. “Here we go again.”

It will be a video device, but not exactly video ipod. A different device that does video, not music. It needs a large screen. Which means get rid of that famous scrollwheel.

  • Apple won’t give the portable video market, no matter how small, away to Sony’s PSP.
  • It won’t be an existing iPod shell with video capabilities, because that would just suck. Dissapointment would abound. Video on that tiny screen? It needs a big screen.
  • The device will have a large screen, and will connect with iTunes 5 which will let you buy video and subscribe to video RSS feeds (iTunes 4.9 already lets you subscribe to video feeds).

Something like this?

video ipod

Somehow that mockup just doesn’t seem right. Not.. revolutionary enough.

Unlike the PSP, the video ipod probably won’t be loaded with features (wireless, gaming, you name it, the PSP does it). That’s not the Apple way. It will do 1 thing (video), and it will do it well. Very well.

The big advantage it will have should be its connection to the iTunes video store. If Jobs can pull off deals with enough television shows, movies and such, and present all that video available through the store, that might be an announcement that will wow people in the Apple tradition.

Anyway, enough speculation. They might just come out with something completely different.

0 thoughts on “iPod video?

  1. Here’s some speculation by Cringley on how Apply might be dealing with the display problem for the iPOD (http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20050714.html) He’s suggesting a “Retinal Scan Display” – basically a pair of glasses that projects the image (at HD) straight onto the retina. Apparently there has been quite a bit of patent activity with the RSD technology….and man, that sounds oh so cool. I’d be in if it were so….guess we’ll wait and see.

  2. I am involved in medical education. I am a residency director in emergency medicine. I have been very interested in ipod developing video podcasting capability. My program puts on 5 hours of education conferences on a weekly basis. There are thousands of these in the country. It would be wonderful to “podcast” different conferences so that medical students and residents who missed a conference could hear and watch the PowerPoint slides on their ipod. There would be a tremendous market for this. There are hundreds of thousands residents and medical students who would benefit. If anyone has any contacts at Apple that I could talk to about this, I would love to do so!
    Mike Beeson

  3. Video ipods already exist with older ipods running linux. I have a ipod photo that plays videos and runs linux programs

  4. Hello,
    What do I have to do, to make an audiobook file appear on the audiobook folder on my iPod?
    I didn't get it how does it work.
    Is there a special extension for audiobooks, because I've tried to convert to ACC (tutorial on this forum) but it didn't work.
    Please, help me.

  5. I have an ipod with video playback for over a year now, but I’ve never felt the need to watch video’s on it. I prefer a bigger screen. But then, I work in a cinema :-)

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