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Apple job posting points to video iPod

The following job posting has just appeared on Apple.com:

“Seeking a highly motivated engineer to develop next generation iPod product. Must have experience in overall system design of audio and video products.”

Just as an Apple job posting in early 2003 for a developer of iTunes for Windows was a clear confirmation of that product’s arrival (which came six months later), this posting seems to demonstrate very clearly that the iPod is heading toward video.

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I just thought that maybe the video experience required is for making visualisations on the iPod. If it had a colour screen and visualisations like iTunes, that would be so cool. (but would probably eat the batteries)

Posted by Billy Sardar on December 21, 2003 at 4:29 AM (CST)

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I agree with the sentiment, regardless of sales, that the audio-only features still have a lot of room for improvement.

However, who’s to say the next-gen ipod - even if it does have video options - won’t up the ante on the audio side as well?  Who’s to say the video iPod’s audio features will remain static?

Posted by Richard Roe on December 21, 2003 at 9:30 AM (CST)

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If they do bring out a video iPod, it would just replace the top end music ipod at the moment, the price will remain static… why? it’s much easier to sell an “updated” version of an already extremely popular product than introducing a whole “new” produt, it took the iPod 2+ years to have the popularity it enjoys now… the iPod line have remined such model for the past 2+ years and proved successful.

Also, the HD space won’t get too much larger if all it’s going to be holding are mp3s (not too many people I know have more than 40GB of music on his/her hardrive - if they do, they would of already got an iPod already).

So you will say, ahat about the people whom only interested in music iPods? well, Apple is looking into getting a 2-5GB version out next year and that will cover the “traditionalist iPodders”, while the rest of the platform will evolve to more multi-media. It has to… no questions about it.

Posted by voodoo on December 21, 2003 at 7:00 PM (CST)

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If they do bring out a video iPod, it would just replace the top end music ipod at the moment, the price will remain static… why? it’s much easier to sell an “updated” version of an already extremely popular product than introducing a whole “new” produt, it took the iPod 2+ years to have the popularity it enjoys now… the iPod line have remined such model for the past 2+ years and proved successful.

Also, the HD space won’t get too much larger if all it’s going to be holding are mp3s (not too many people I know have more than 40GB of music on his/her hardrive - if they do, they would of already got an iPod already).

So you will say, What about the people whom only interested in music iPods? well, Apple is looking into getting a 2-5GB version out next year and that will cover the “traditionalist iPodders”, while the rest of the platform will evolve to more multi-media. It has to… no questions about it.

Posted by voodoo on December 21, 2003 at 7:00 PM (CST)

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Has anyone thought of a detachable screen, say through the docking plug? This unit can have it’s own rechargable battery, thus eliminating the problem of battery drain on the iPod. This would also solve the problem of size, I imagine a detachable screen about the area of the iPod, with foldable bracket to mount the screen to the top of the iPod in a T like shape.

The bracket etc would fold away to make the whole screen unit the size of an iPod, giving the user the option of not taking the screen with them, thus saving weight and space. The only thing to do with the actual iPod is to write the software to play videos, surely that can’t be to hard??

Posted by dicko on December 22, 2003 at 7:14 PM (CST)

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