I guess . . . well, I don’t know what to think right now. Apple announced today the video iPod. While, I thought this might be inevitable, I also thought this wasn’t going to happen any time soon. I’ll let Apple’s copywriters to do the work for me:
Time for the world’s best music player to take the stage for another encore. In 30GB and 60GB models that hold up to 15,000 songs, full-color album art and up to 25,000 photos, the new iPod makes the most of your music and more. Yeah, you’ve heard that tune before. Only now, you can watch it, too. With support for up to 150 hours of video and a 2.5-inch color display, the new iPod lets you take music videos and TV shows on the road.
Maybe I’m just a little miffed that Apple releases this only a month after I picked up Squirt or maybe I just don’t find much appeal in having a portable video player like this. When I’m using my iPod, my eyes are doing important things like looking where I’m going, reading good books, and checking out hot ladies. I can’t be distacted by a tiny video. Besides, I really don’t give a rip about music videos and 99% of TV shows (though iTunes 6 is carrying the completely excellent show Lost for only $2 for each commercial-free episode). So, most of the current material available I don’t care about, but what about movies, downloaded videos, and good TV shows? As for movies, there’s no way I’m going to watch a whole darn movie on that small screen, and can we say “sore neck”? Imagine squinting down at that 2.5″ screen for 2 hours. Ouch. Now, let’s say I downloaded a really sweet video off the Interweb, and I want to show it to all my homies. I could just throw it on my iPod and have them squint at the 2.5″ screen . . .but only if the video is already properly encoded to the proper size and file format (.m4v, .mp4 and .mov). Unfortunately, most really sweet videos off the Interweb are not in these formats and re-encoding stuff can be a major pain. Finally, as far as good TV shows go, well, I’d rather just buy the DVD sets which is more universal, higher quality, and will have extras. So, I guess the bottomline is this: the iPod video is neat, but I’m not interested. Compare this reaction to my gushy reaction to the iPod nano. Man, the nano got my nerd juices flowing . . .