Apple goes Video with iPod

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Apple announces video-playing iPod
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Apple have announced that in the US next week they will be launching a video-playing iPod with bigger storage space and a slimmer design.

Still mainly a music player, the revamped gadget will have 30 or 60 GB of storage and will be available in two colours - black and white.

Announcing the new iPod Apple boss Steve Jobs said the company had sold more than 28 million iPods since the gadget was launched in 2001.

Additionally, Apple also have a video distribution deal with US network ABC, which will allow US users to download episodes for $1.99 the day after airing.

There is apparently no official statement on bringing the services to the UK.

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and hopefully the web will

and hopefully the web will return to normal after (yet another) collective pod-gasm.

>>US network ABC They have

>>US network ABC

They have Lost, Desperate Ho's and the new Night Stalker available. Now somebody please get the BBC to release Doctor Who this way here in the US. And pretty please on Blake's 7 too.

>>pod-gasm

I want a cigarette right now.

Great move forward

This was mentioned a while ago in this forum here and I'm glad they took the advice from Threadwatch

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With the way that TV series are being released on DVD in both the US and the UK and how many of these things are sold, I would think that would be the market that Apple would have to get into. If they can undercut the DVD price by a fair bit, I would think it could turn into a goer. I'd buy video of George Galloway's testimony to the Senate this week.

I am hoping/presuming that other TV/Video companies will drop into line with Uncle Jobs. You can keep the Dr. Who but give us Coronation Street, The Bill, Emmerdale and Eastenders.

The one thing I am disappointed about is that there doesn't seem to be any way of including your own DVDs or video recordings in there or am I wrong?

including your own video...

...from what I saw, looks like the answer is yes. ( http://stream.apple.akadns.net/ )

Disney sold me

I am sold on the service part of this; Being able to download my sons favorite Disney programs ala cart is what did it.

I still can't find it.

James - I finally gave in this morning and downloaded the new version of Quicktime (which comes complete with iTunes now - and that is the only way you can get it from Apple's site) so that I could watch the Jobs show.

Watched it and played with iTunes. I still think you have to buy the programmes from Apple rather than say, recording them on your own machine through either a TV Card or Win Media Center and then transferring them on to the ViPod.

If I am right - then I think I will wait until version 2 which does what most people would really use. If I am wrong, I'll buy it as soon as I can get my grubby mits on it.

>>I still think you have to

>>I still think you have to buy the programmes from Apple rather than say, recording them on your own machine through either a TV Card or Win Media Center and then transferring them on to the ViPod.

eurotrash,

I just did an experiment. I downloaded a public domain film in unencrypted MPEG4 format from http://www.archive.org/details/feature_films Then dragged it into my iTunes library and it automagicly appeared in my video list in iTunes. It playes just fine in iTunes. I don't see any reason why it would not transfer and play on a video iPod.

Thanks....

Thanks Brad and your_store - Good links indeed. Noticed from pcmall's site that the 30GB's battery life is up to 2 hours and the 60GB is up to 3 hours of video playback.

Another method

Looks like someone else has found another method.

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