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Apple intros fifth-generation iPod with video playback

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2005
News Categories: iPod

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As widely expected, Apple today introduced the long-rumored new iPod with video playback capabilities. The new fifth-generation device, which is up to 30% thinner than the previous full-size iPod, features a larger 2.5-inch color screen (320 x 240 resolution, 260,000 colors) that can play videos, including music videos, video Podcasts, home movies and television shows, in addition to displaying album artwork and photos. It supports MPEG4 and H.264 video at 30 fps and also sports TV out. (See our report on iTunes 6 for further details on available video content). The new iPod is available in both white and black versions in 30GB ($299) and 60GB ($399) capacities. Both models will begin shipping next week.

“The new iPod is the best music player ever—it’s 30 percent thinner and has 50 percent more storage than its predecessor—yet it sells for the same price and plays stunning video on its 2.5-inch color screen,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Because millions of people around the world will buy this new iPod to play music, it will quickly become the most popular portable video player in history.”

The new iPod uses Apple’s well-known Click Wheel and Dock Connector, so the majority of third-party accessories will be compatible with the device. However, its extended headphone port has been removed, so while headphones will work, other top-mounting accessories such as remote controls and most FM transmitters will not. New products are forthcoming to fulfill anticipated demand. The 30GB model offers up to 14 hours of battery life for music playback, while the 60GB model features up to 20 hours. The 30GB iPod is good for two hours of video playback and the 60GB model is good for three hours of video watching.

Apple told iLounge that the fifth-generation iPod features greatly enhanced audio recording capabilities, and improved playback capabilities. The company said the new iPod sounds as good or better than the iPod shuffle, which Apple considers its prior gold standard in terms of sound quality. Good news for podcasters is the ability to record in either 22KHz mono or 44KHz stereo. The device still records in WAV format, which has to be converted to MP3 or AAC, however.

imageBoth models come with earphones, a USB 2.0 cable and a case, but Apple has also introduced a new Universal Dock ($39) for the fifth-generation iPod that features IR support to work with a new wireless Apple Remote ($29). It also allows for USB 2.0 syncing, variable line out—confirmed by Apple representatives for certain on this Dock—and S-video connections.

You can view more live hands-on shots of the new iPod on iLounge’s flickr page and the event’s photo gallery with over 300 photos. iLounge Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz will have his first reactions up shortly in the form of a special podcast.

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@Darcy Davis

They definitely have different hardware. They are much thinner than the old models and there isn’t much to take out bar the battery and hard drive.

I remember how people tried to port the software for the Click Wheel iPods back to the 3G iPod.

Posted by Daveoc64 on October 16, 2005 at 7:07 AM (PDT)

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I think that Apple was a bit stupid to have released the “new” iPod back in June. I don’t think that it was too soon to introduce the video iPod, but that they released the iPod with color display too late.

They should also come up with an update to fix Smart Playlists on all of the other iPods.

Posted by Daveoc64 on October 16, 2005 at 7:11 AM (PDT)

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Look everyone. I Pod has to release these new iPods quickly to STAY ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION. (duh) You can’t blame them for getting new stuff out fast! HOW ELSE WILL THEY STAY #1!
Also, the iPod is one of the best RE-SELL items of ALL TIME. This is a fact- go online (you know where) and sell your old one to upgrade to the new. Now come on everyone- was that so hard…

Apple,  keep doing what your doing. Come out with the next video iPod w/ 80gb’s a year from now, a month from now, tomorrow, I don’t care- just make it a good sturdy product that does what it is should and I’ll buy it (and sell the old one to someone who will be more than happy to get it- spread the happiness!).

Yep, keep everyones heads spinning , Apple, keep those new versions coming like hot cakes. You and I both know this is the only way to stay two steps ahead of the competition- that’s the only way to stay #1.

Posted by Geo on October 16, 2005 at 8:14 AM (PDT)

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A 4GB Nano at $250USD vs 30 GB iPod w/ video for $300USD is an absolutely ridiculous pricing structure. It’s like Apple has no regard for the consumer—they’re really playing with fire by doing this.

Posted by Ipodish on October 16, 2005 at 3:55 PM (PDT)

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Yea sure this is nice technology and apple does have to keep making new improvements to stay on top but slapping a colour screen that plays limited formats of video is doing a half ### job of it. This could have been great but now its only going to be ok just becos it plays a little bit of video on a tiny little screen. Bigger changes should have been made. If you really want a nice portable device that does heaps the PSP is by far the way to go. A mint screen with 4 hours battery life with the stereo speakers and full screen video compared to the iPods 2 hours. Plus the PSP plays mp3’s got wifi and plays awesome games. the psp shits on the iPod if your asking me. Also the iPod gotta have a damn hardrive so its not truely as portable either. I do like iPods they are great hardware but i believe the limitations are stopping the iPod from being something great. I dont know one person that has an iPod that likes the iTunes software. Its annoying having to use it every time you wanna stick more songs on it. other mp3 players are just so much easier. limitations like this are what would stop me from ever buying one.

Posted by Gerwin on October 17, 2005 at 2:51 PM (PDT)

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I’m very disapointed with my IPOD
80G.  I’m not able to tranfer my
DVD to my IPOD that would play!

Posted by carmen on October 25, 2006 at 6:48 AM (PDT)

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is it possible to dl anime that you’ve dl from the internet onto the ipod??

Posted by Andrew Lazo on December 1, 2006 at 12:04 AM (PDT)

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