Apple can’t keep all the secrets locked up. What was expected was delivered. iPods with video, Music Videos, and surprises. new iTunes, new iMac G5 ‘Media Center.’
Showing that Apple is not a company to rest on its’ laurels, the Cupertino, CA Mac and iPod maker launched yet another line of iPods, just weeks after rocking the portable music world with the iPod nano.
Demand for the nano outstrips supply and is ‘staggering’ according to Apple. So what do they do?
Apple launches another iPod, replacing current hard drive models, with an iPod that plays videos. Music videos. Your videos. Videos. TV shows.
The new iPod video has a 320×240 pixel higher resolution color screen which is H.264 compatible, allowing you to view music videos. Where will you get music videos?
Glad you asked, young grasshopper. Music videos are now available via the iTumes Music Store. Oh, you’ll need the latest version of iTunes, now at 6.0, and only weeks after 5.0 was released.
Back to the iPod. You remember. The iPod with video.
The new versions are available for $299 for 30GB, and $399 for $60GB respectively. Both are also available in black and white.
The color screen is 2.5 inches diagonally. This iPod weighs only 4.8 ounces or 5.5 ounces, depending on hard drive model. 15,000 songs can be stored in the larger capacity model.
No numbers yet on how many music videos can be stored on either model.
Each model comes with Apple’s earbuds, a USB 2.0 cable for Mac or Windows, a dock adapter for use with a universal dock (sold separately), a cover case, and a CD which contains the latest version of iTunes for Mac or Windows.
How does the new iPod play videos? Either on the color screen or via the “optional” iPod A/V cable to hook up to your TV. Yes, the new iPod still holds music and photos, but now music videos, or plain videos, too.
Get this. The new Apple Universal Dock works with the new Apple Remote so you can control your music, videos, and slideshows from across the room.
The new iPods feature up to 20 hours of music playback in the 60GB version, and 14 hours for the 30GB version. And, of course, the also “optional” iPod Camera Connector lets you upload photos from your digital camera to the iPod for storage.
Apple is also in the accessory business. Record revenue, record profits, new products, stock goes down. Go figure.
So far, I’m not impressed with iTunes/iTunes Music Store version 6.0. Why? Well, for one, the video selection is less than thin. It’s two notches below anorexic.
2,000 music videos sounds like a big number. Compare it to 2-million songs in iTMS. Try finding a music video you’ve heard about or seen before.
In fact, try finding video at all. It’s a challenge. Click on Music Videos. Select Pixar. You get the latest Pixar mini-movies for $1.99. Cute. But six?
Click on Music Videos. Select “TV Shows.” What do you expect? TV shows, right? Nope. Won’t happen. After 20 ‘We could not complete your Music Store request’ messages, I looked elsewhere.
Yes, I expect a few bugs the first day, and I’ll be back. Still, this box of announcements seems a little rushed.