iPod Video next week?

Written by Geoff Richards

October 6, 2005 | 06:05

Tags: #download #ipod-video #itunes #launch #movie #psp #steve-jobs #umd #vpod #widescreen

Companies: #apple #sony

Apple could be finally set to unveil the iPod Video at a press event in San Jose on Wednesday 12th October, according to an Associate Press report.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has previously dismissed the concept of a portable video player, stating that others have tried the idea without any great success.

However, Sony's UMD video format is gaining strength, as geeks worldwide use their PSP consoles to watch movies on the go. Sony were still pushing their proprietary MiniDisc format when Apple originally launched the iPod and have been playing catch-up ever since. Now that Sony have a platform for portable video, are Apple moving in for the kill?

"All the signs point to a video iPod," said Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies. "But you've got to remember, the thing with Apple is, our guesses are almost always wrong."

Every man and his dog is predicting a video iPod, and even Jobs' public apathy for the idea has been dismissed as diversionary tactics. Industry analysts have said it would be "vintage Jobs" to criticise the genre, then blow everyone away with their latest innovation.

"From our checks with industry and channel sources, we believe Apple will release a first-generation video-capable iPod," American Technology Research said in a report yesterday.

We can do little but wait - Apple are certainly doing something next Wednesday. Assuming it could be a vPod, iPod Video or whichever name you prefer, we want to hear your thoughts on the idea. Do you crave a widescreen iPod to watch movies on your daily commute? Would you pay $1.99 to download a music video from iTunes? Will video blogs take over from Podcasting?

On the other hand, could this be a step too far for Apple? Maybe you think that iPods are for music, and the nano has shown the traditional iPod to be overweight; an iPod Video can't help but be even bigger, bulkier and heavier. Place your bets in News Discussion.
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