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iTunes turns small profit, video iPod denied

“Apple Computer Inc.‘s online music store, iTunes, recorded a small profit in the current quarter, according to Chief Executive Steve Jobs (news - web sites).

ITunes is now selling 2.7 million songs a week, or a rate of 140 million songs a year. The company boasts a market share of more than 70 percent in legal online music.

The Cupertino, Calif., company will resist adding video capabilities to its iPod music player.

“It’s the music, stupid,” Jobs said, adding that listening to music can be done in combination with another activity else, while video is a “foreground” activity.”

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Tetris would be cool

Absolutely. My boyfriend’s two-year-old Archos has been continuously updated with Rockbox, so now it plays Tetris, Worms, Othello, Snake, and lots of other games.

A couple of months ago they added video playback, and now last week I see there is now support for voice menu prompts and voice feedback for playlists and directories.

The iPod has about as much CPU power as 20 Archos players. Why can the iPod not do any of this cool stuff?

I think the voice menu prompts let audio become even more of a “background” task - you don’t have to look at the screen for feedback. And it enables blind people to easily use the device, which as an audio player is a godsend for them.

I think all manufacturers of devices, especially “audio” devices, should give more thought to supporting their blind customers.

Posted by Time Sink on April 29, 2004 at 1:03 PM (CDT)


Quite frankly, I think Steve Jobs is either trying to be really sneaky, or he’s just full of crap, lol…

Who knows what to think?

Then there’s this:

Posted by Z on April 29, 2004 at 1:10 PM (CDT)


there is no doubt that video ipod will happen.  as the owner of i would be glad to talk to anyone about setting up the site now, to take advantage of the frenzie when it happens

Posted by franxwords on May 3, 2004 at 12:21 PM (CDT)


“So a 4 gigabyte DVD (or 9 gigabytes for dual layer pressed DVDs from movie studios) could probably be compressed down to 200-500 megs”

You can already today compress the MPEG-2 DVD stream (at around 6-9 Mb/s) to DIVX MPEG-4 (at around 800-900 Kb/s) and squeeze 2 hours onto a single 700MB CD.

And that’s working with the full DVD 720x480 resolution.

So yes, if you want to quarter the resolution to 320x240 or something you can fit the movie into around 200-300 MB.

My friend’s video handheld has a 60GB hard disk and holds easily over 100 hours of video with lots of room to spare. It’s quite impressive, but he spent like $600 for it and it is larger than an iPod and generally most audio only players.

Posted by Compression on May 3, 2004 at 2:51 PM (CDT)


Of course a video iPod-ish product from Apple is inevitable.

Just today I read about 3-4 megapixel next year and anticipated 5 megapixel cameraphones within a couple of years.

Given the cashflow of these telco companies, and their storage demands, I expect them to use the Cornice or Hitachi minidrives, or similar. And to display these photos and videos they will have awesome playback screens. And they have to fit all of this within 140cc.

So unless Apple wants to become a sideshow,they will have to iPod-enable some phones, or create a compelling iPod alternative. There is a limit to how many pockets people have for separate gadgets!

Posted by 5 MP VideoPhones on May 13, 2004 at 6:58 PM (CDT)

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