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Apple director: Still no plans for ‘iPod video’

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2005
News Categories: iPod

Stan Ng, Apple’s director of worldwide iPod marketing, is the latest Apple executive to dismiss a video-capable iPod. “There is no legal way today of taking a DVD and making it viewable on a portable device. There are issues with video, and no infrastructure for acquiring that content,” Ng said. “For a player with a 3.5-inch screen, you have to wonder if it would be worthwhile. You can’t watch video while you’re jogging or mountain biking. Fundamentally, at a corporate level, we’ve been clear about our involvement in music and photos—we’ll see what happens with video over time.”

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1

someone has got to break through the DVD legal barrier.

we buy CDs, and we can rip them to our computers/ipods.

we buy DVDs, and we’re not allowed to do anything.  we pay good money for the DVDs, and yet will still don’t own them.

Posted by StinkieDMB in Pittsburgh, PA on January 18, 2005 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

2

If Pixar belongs to Steven Jobs, why he cannot make Pixar videos available for download as music is on iTunes music shop? THye are just kidding…

Posted by Guntis Bukalders on January 18, 2005 at 10:36 AM (PDT)

3

I have to agree with Apple. Who wants to watch a movie on a 3.5” screen for a 2 or 3.5 hour movie? Who has that kind of time when not at home. Listening to music makes sense or sharing some photos but movies is something else. Even if they were to solve the legal issues and download setup it just seems silly to do. 
  A far mor interesting idea would to be able to download movies, burn them onto DVD’s to watch on my 57” RPTV. Besides portable DVD players already exist for under $200. An iPod Video is a solution looking for a problem to solve.

Posted by cpo99 on January 18, 2005 at 8:08 PM (PDT)

4

Mmmm, I can’t resist….. To quote Lucas’s emperor, “You will pay for your lack of vision”. hehehe, that was fun.
Seriously though, lack of vision is what Apple has at this point. (or they’re being cunning and hiding their aces). Movies only represent a portion of video media. O f course I would’nt want to watch “Return of the King” or “Casablanca” on such a small screen. Duh.  However, shorts such as Classic WB cartoons, Retro 20 min (no commercial) sitcoms, and even current day web and avant gaurd cartoons (i.e. “Strong-Bad” & the offerings on cartoon network’s “Adult Swim”) would appeal greatly to commuters. Not every image has to be big enough to blow your mind. In some cases, big enough to get the joke across will do just fine.
I believe that if Mr. Jobs looks to the east, he can see quite clearly that adding video capability to the ipod would truly make it indomitable.

Posted by MirandaKali in D.C. on January 18, 2005 at 9:04 PM (PDT)

5

It would be really great to watch just music videos on the ipod photo, or home movies, im not looking to watch the matrix trilogy on there, but cute small things, and i think perhaps for some kind of way to have it applied to the already ipod photo or ipod would be really great, because theres no way i could ever get another ipod, not now anyway.

Posted by Dawn Marie in New York City on January 18, 2005 at 11:31 PM (PDT)

6

No plans?  Anyone think it’s just a coincidence that you can view movie trailers AND music videos through the iTunes “music” store?

Posted by tellmeastory on January 19, 2005 at 12:08 AM (PDT)

7

Isnt that just the quicktime trailors site extending into iTunes, as you cant buy the films on the store.

Posted by Kingius on January 19, 2005 at 5:35 AM (PDT)

8

I get what they’re saying, but they also had “no plan to enter the flash market” which was probably just a cover as they developed the iPod Shuffle. It would be a good added feature to the higher end models not something to go out and call iPod Video. Although you could combine the ability to watch home videos or short clips with the iPod Photo and call it the iPod A/V.

Posted by OAKTREELIVE PF in Boston on January 20, 2005 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

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I get what they’re saying, but they also had “no plan to enter the flash market” which was probably just a cover as they developed the iPod Shuffle. It would be a good added feature to the higher end models not something to go out and call iPod Video. Although you could combine the ability to watch home videos or short clips with the iPod Photo and call it the iPod A/V.

Posted by OAKTREELIVE PF in Boston on January 20, 2005 at 12:19 PM (PDT)

10

Like people have said, putting smaller videos on an ipod such as something from ebaumsworld.com would be fun.  Watching an entire movie would not.

Posted by MacsRule on March 4, 2005 at 10:52 AM (PDT)

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