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iPod Video

I’ve had my iPod for less than five months, and am already two generations out of date. I don’t remember things progressing this fast prior to the purchase of mine.

I have to salute Apple’s marketing savvy though. With a switch to intel-based processors coming up, there was a real risk of sales dropping off as people wait for the new line to hit. To take up the slack, Steve Jobs has a pile of iPod upgrades and new products on hand. First, a switch to only iPod photos. Later, the Nano. And now, video. What next?

I do admit to being intrigued by the video offerings. However, rather than the new hardware I’m more attracted to the fact that major TV shows, if only a few, are now legitimately for sale in iTunes. A tiny first step in the right direction.

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  1. I think the PSP just died.

    This is the iPod I would buy. The nano was very tempting, but this one wins out. The video feature is great for the person who likes to watch every episode of a TV show, but isn’t available to watch it every time it’s on, and doesn’t want to wait to Netflix each season. I can definitely see other applications that would have as much impact as podcasting has. (Everyone has a video camera on their phone these days, right?) What I’d love to be able to do is watch a feeshly-downloaded 2 AM edition of SportsCenter (the one that re-airs all morning) during my commute. Maybe Apple could hook up with one of the major pro sports leagues to provide highlights or even full archived games.

  2. I have a feeling that if ABC’s shows do well on iTunes, we’ll see other networks follow suit.

    Or at least I hope so.