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BBC 6 Music report: Video iPod set to debut in London next week

During a broadcast earlier in the day, BBC 6 Music news reported “Apple is set to unveil a new video iPod at the BBC Television Centre in London on October the 12th. The company is expected to reveal details of the new MP3 and video player as well as video bundles to be available from the company’s iTunes stores.” Conflicting reports about the rumored video iPod have run rampant across the web since Apple sent out the “One More Thing…” announcements yesterday. The broadcast is no longer available on the BBC site.

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My local news just said somthing about a video iPod, and it showed that fake pic that engadget has. I dont know if they are releasing a video iPod, but that is what almost everyone is saying, and lets face it, if its on local news in Colorado it has GOT to be true.

Posted by Rascal_King on October 5, 2005 at 8:24 PM (CDT)


The Nano and a future ipod video, if true will not clash in sales because they both serve two different markets. Not everyone wants 60g worth of music, they might have small libraries of music, hence the nano and the mini before it. Power users go for the bigger ones. If a video ipod does come out, that’s a completely different target group as well.

Posted by Ryan on October 5, 2005 at 8:30 PM (CDT)


I hope it’s a powermac quad G5 instead.

Posted by owen on October 5, 2005 at 9:22 PM (CDT)


Like Gordon hinted at above, Apple have booked some space in the BBC’s Television Centre in White City for Wednesday 12th. This news was being emailed all around the BBC today.

No one knows for sure what is going on (or at least none of us worker-bees!) but we suspect it’s something to do with the BBC Internet Media Player ( This is a P2P based system to make programmes available after they’ve been broadcast.

As the content is being made publicly available like this, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine it been included in the next video enabled version of itunes.

Anyway, there is *definitely* an Apple event going on at TVC on Wednesday 12th. Apple getting a huge media company involved in their announcement? Has to be something to do with a video device surely?

Posted by anonymous on October 5, 2005 at 9:38 PM (CDT)


Wow, my respect for the BBC just dropped by about 99%!
What a bunch of retards.
Yeah, I come hang out at this site and expect a buch of rumors (like all the hype about the nano release being the video ipod - how quickly all that was forgotten in the post-nano haze), but I expect better things from a “legit” news site like the BBC.

Bottom line - there’s only so many times Steve Jobs in gonna be able to pull this sort of crap before even the die-hard mac’ fans start calling on him, like the boy who cried wolf!

Posted by Dopial on October 5, 2005 at 10:50 PM (CDT)


Don’t be TOO sure it will be iPod related, especially a video enabled one. Apple often goes the other way, against mainstream expectations. For example, no other comany would kill their most popular item (iPod mini) and replace it with something totally different (flash instead of HD).

I’m expecting computer related announcements, if there’s a new iPod, great, and we’ll see what’s new about it.

Posted by Chris on October 6, 2005 at 12:05 AM (CDT)


I think you guys are all wrong. I don’t think it will be a video ipod OR powerbook updates. I think we’re leaning more toward a itunes movie store. I think that’s what they’re announcing wednesday. I mean, come on, it would only make sense.
I am not saying there won’t be a video ipod release, but I definately believe there will be a source for the content before there’s a content player.

I say it’s iTunes Movie Store or something of the like.

besides, it’s way too early to be competing with the nano sales.

Posted by blayn. on October 6, 2005 at 12:52 AM (CDT)


My big hope is that this is going to be more than a music player. I would like to see Apple bring out a palm computer. The iPod is capable of doing it hardware-wise. They just need to enable this in software.

Posted by Walter Jeffries on October 6, 2005 at 4:38 AM (CDT)


It’s all getting rather confused. ThinkSecret weighing in saying that it won’t be a video iPod, AppleInsider saying it will. Both respected rumour sites. I’m inclined to think it will be a video iPod, video Airport Express, and/or Movie download store.

So many elements seem to point to it being about video content. The invite itself has a red ‘theatre’ curtain, that could just be suggestive of stages/announcements, but maybe it hints at more. The phrase ‘one more thing’ also seems to point to a big announcement, not just powerbooks and powermacs. The BBC is a content provider (and a BIG one) not just a news reporter, they have their new iMP service in beta, they’re big into podcasts too, so it would be a natural place to introduce a video related product. They’ve also been working with Apple in regard to H.264 HD content, as evident on the QuickTime HD pages.

Other observations have been made about Apple having not updated their music video section in the iTunes store. Up till a month ago they were updating it weekly.

I’m not sure that a video iPod would be trouble for the nano. They’ll be at totally different price points. However I do think that they’ll want to have a store launched and an easy path to the TV in place before going mobile with the video content.

So I think it will be a video enabled Airport Express and an iTunes/iVideo Movie Store. I really hope so anyway. And if it is true, welcome back QuickTime, you’re a player again.

Posted by PixelNurse on October 6, 2005 at 6:41 AM (CDT)


beeb clearly made a mistake but was it that it leaked info, or just mis-broadcast? could be that they meant to report:

Apple is expected [or rumoured] to unveil…

music + video + photo AND wifi browser (for music DL’s, streaming video, trailers etc. in the zones)

ooo, now how do rumours get going..?

Posted by Simon on October 6, 2005 at 10:35 AM (CDT)


MacDailyNews reported this first.  Attribution?

Posted by Michael on October 6, 2005 at 11:45 AM (CDT)


you know… i love my ipod but…my PSP wins for video on the go and ripping dvds.  Plus i can go on the web and game.  Screw the ipod video if it can’t do that!

Posted by enoch on October 6, 2005 at 12:55 PM (CDT)


None of this BBC shiz makes any sense - Apple is NOT going to hold two simultaneous events! One in UK, one in San Jose - honestly, it’s not happening! I’m hoping for powerbooks in San Jose…Apple needs to get back to what it does best - making computers.

Posted by mongoos150 on October 6, 2005 at 5:52 PM (CDT)


on nano day they help a press event for uk journalists and had the speech on a big screen - alexandra palace no less! so it’s no unheard of. but my guess, if TVC is involved, is some sort of live video interview with BBC bods announcing some partnership or other?

Posted by tomb on October 6, 2005 at 9:46 PM (CDT)


“To reiterate the previous post:

Yes indeed why would they pull this information unless it is true.

I will be unwrapped next week folks, get ready.”

Wow..really great reasoning here. :rollseyes:

What about..pulling a story that wasn’t true, or verified? Hello?

Posted by stevejobs on October 6, 2005 at 10:29 PM (CDT)



You have the best summary of all the relevant clues.  I think Apple and BBC are a great fit in content delivery.

Posted by pie on October 7, 2005 at 1:32 AM (CDT)


look at this:

Posted by swede on October 7, 2005 at 2:38 AM (CDT)



Posted by swede on October 7, 2005 at 4:56 AM (CDT)


all of you have brilliant speculations but the program on bbc could actually be true because apple and bbc work close together so the broadcat could have been real and also theres been evidence that the South African apple page that showed things to come which is now offline showed the ipod video a link was active that night and it was related to South African Apple website. The URL (now offline, or re-directing to this iTunes page) shown two ad movies about iPod ...very interesting eh? And all these music videos and trailers on itunes 5 just come up and then apple stops updating them and think about it a curtain about big enough to hide a movie screen to indicate the ipod video and steve jobs is a smart guy if he released any new powerbooks or powermacs who the bloody hell wants that? his sales on the nano are great just think about it people who havent got an ipod and are thinking well for 250 i can get a psp….releasing the ipod video would be like they had no other choice because of the capabilities. well thats my speculation oh about that thing about apple fueling the rumours…could they possibly be fueling the truth?...maybe so

Posted by Anonymous on October 9, 2005 at 1:21 PM (CDT)


Ever since the BBC leak that points to an iPod Video release with BBC content downloadable to it I"ve been thinking about how the rest of the iTunes / iPod ecosystem is going to fit into this.

I do believe October 12 will release “hero” video iPod device with a large screen.

But perhaps more radically I predict that EVERY iPod with a colour screen will become a video iPod. October 12 will see the release of a new version of iTunes and an iPod updater which will unlock that functionality in all colour screen iPods.

Thnik about it - why bother releasing the Nano with that pin sharp screen just for the PhotoIPod functionality that no one really uses. Why did the photo Ipod seem like such a half-baked product that could almost have served as a video device?

If Apple updates the music store on October 12 to allow download of free BBC content and purchased content like music videos and TV programmes it makes sense for the public to already have devices through which the content can be played back. Why limit your market to only the early adopters who can fork out £400 for a new product with a 2 week waiting list? If you’ve made this much investment then why not get the money coming in immediately!

By enabling video in devices Apple will already have a critical mass of devices which can make use of the content. This mirrors the original Music Store - it only made sense to sell music once a certain number of people had iPods. So why wait for a critical mass of people to buy video iPods. Why not make them all video iPods overnight?

The only reason the functionality has not been unlocked so far is that the rights agreements haven’t been in place with the content providers.

The video iPod will be the hero hardware device with a large screen for ease of watching but every colour iPod will have the functionality.

This follows the pattern of podcast software availability across the whole screen based iPod family.

So to summarise:
October 12:
Hero Video Ipod with large screen
Apple Music Store offers free and paid video downloads including material from the BBC archive and IMP project
iPod updater software enables EVERY colour screen iPod video playback

We"ll see….

Posted by neil on October 9, 2005 at 3:17 PM (CDT)

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