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Apple may be up-sampling some QVGA videos on the iTunes Store to the new, larger 640x480 resolution instead of re-encoding from the original source. “You might be paying through the nose for a file that doubles the pixels and megabytes, but severely lessens the general quality of the picture,” reports Engadget.

Apple will reportedly use Inventec for the majority of its fifth-generation iPod orders rather than using both Inventec and Quanta Computer equally. In the fourth quarter, Inventec is scheduled to ship one million 5G iPods a month while Quanta is expected to ship 300,000-400,000 units a month.

The New York Times’ David Pogue thinks Apple will “probably never” come out with an iPhone. “The problem is that when you build a cellphone, the carriers (Verizon, Cingular, etc.) have veto power over EVERY move you make,” Pogue says. “You have to fight, wheedle, cajole, beg, demo, refine, lather, rinse, repeat…all in hopes that the carriers will accept your design–and stock your phone. I cannot imagine Apple giving veto power to ANYONE over its software design. It just ain’t gonna happen.”

Podcasts are being listened to on computers much more often than they are on iPods, according to research cited by Marketwatch. “More people are listening to podcasts on their PCs than ever, says Dave Van Dyke of Bridge Ratings, a speaker scheduled to appear at this weekend’s Portable Media and Podcast Expo. A year ago his research company had found 20% of podcasts were being heard on iPods or other MP3 players. ‘That number has gotten worse (for players),’ Van Dyke said in an interview.”

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1

screw having a cellular company carry the phone. the smart thing for apple to do is have the phone be open to be used by any company just by inserting a sim card. they should just sell it at their own stores and any other retail stores.

Posted by AB on September 29, 2006 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

2

Apple could always start up a MVNO and forget about dealing with the carriers.  It didn’t work out too well for Mobile ESPN, but I’m sure Apple could pull it off.

Posted by Adam on September 29, 2006 at 2:44 PM (PDT)

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>> You might be paying through the nose for a file that doubles the pixels and megabytes, but severely lessens the general quality of the picture

Uh, the vids cost the same as they did before the resolution change, so this argument is crap.

Posted by palindrome on September 29, 2006 at 3:11 PM (PDT)

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“screw having a cellular company carry the phone. the smart thing for apple to do is have the phone be open to be used by any company just by inserting a sim card.”

Uh, only two major US cellular providers use SIM cards, that’s T-Mobile and Cingular, (Well, Nextel does too, but they use iDEN which is completely different technology), and the other two major companies, Sprint and Verizon, use CDMA, so Apple is still limiting their customer base for an iPhone.

“Uh, the vids cost the same as they did before the resolution change, so this argument is crap.”

He’s saying you’re paying the same amount for something that will most likely have more artifacts quality, so the argument is legit (well, only if the rumor is true).

Posted by Nobody on September 29, 2006 at 3:23 PM (PDT)

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If you read the article on the up-sampled video quality, the original premise is that some people are repurchasing videos to take advantage of the higher quality.

In that case, since you’re paying twice for basically the same thing (or even worse quality, if you check their screen captures), you ARE paying through the nose.

This really sucks, but I can see how it happened. (How much lead time would Apple need to get new originals for EVERY music video and TV show to resample at 640x480?) And if they put a disclaimer on certain videos that the quality is worse, that would seriously dampen sales of those videos.

I’m sure all content added to the store after the recent upgrade will be fine, as it will be properly encoded at 640x480 the first time.

Posted by BJ Nemeth on September 29, 2006 at 4:25 PM (PDT)

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“Uh, only two major US cellular providers”

If one expands beyond a parochial view, most of the rest of the world uses GSM.

Posted by m.s. on September 29, 2006 at 5:46 PM (PDT)

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Yeah but the only evidence he gave was a madonna video, so who cares?

The studios encode the files, not Apple.

Posted by palindrome on September 30, 2006 at 12:21 AM (PDT)

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And Madonna probably didn’t know upsampling was bad.  I mean, she’s a girl.

Posted by Long Duck Dong on September 30, 2006 at 6:25 AM (PDT)

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Some of the responses here really take the cake for rabid fanboyism:

It doesn’t matter if it’s Madonna or even New Kids on the Block, it doesn’t matter if it’s the studios that are performing the encoding or it’s Apple, Apple is selling fraudulent goods.

It’s bad enough that Apple apparently doesn’t choose to admit that their own I.P. model for iTunes makes charging twice for the exact same intellectual propery tantamount to theft from customers (all the more reason to never buy anything from the iTS), but charging again for the same intellectual property and then not even providing what the customer paid for is definitely without any excuse.

Now, maybe Apple didn’t realise this was happening and they’ll make good on it, we can’t ascribe motives at this point, but this flippant, “Who cares?,” is exactly why the entire other 99% of the human population views Apple’s most rabid fans somewhere well below Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking on their door at 7:30 AM on a Saturday morning.

If I go to the grocery store and buy something labeled “100% juice” and get home and find my bottle has kool-aid in it, the shop manager had dang well not try and tell me it’s no big deal and, besides, it was the bottler’s fault.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 1, 2006 at 6:03 AM (PDT)

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Code Monkey, once again proving he was dropped on his head as a child.  Sad.

Posted by Steve Ballmer on October 2, 2006 at 12:06 AM (PDT)

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Apple can actually roll out its phone to the rest of the world first and the carriers in the US will know what they’re missing.

Posted by PAT on October 2, 2006 at 1:33 AM (PDT)

12

Apple has been testing the waters with both Cingular and T Mobile by releasing phones with iTunes through both companies - I agree that now they’ll come out with a phone that furthers those two relationships.  Sprint? Who cares?  That ghetto company doesn’t deserve Apple products anyway.

Posted by A on October 2, 2006 at 7:00 AM (PDT)

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Code Monkey, once again proving he was dropped on his head as a child.  Sad.

Name one thing that Code Monkey said that wasn’t 100% correct.

Posted by stark23x on October 2, 2006 at 9:12 AM (PDT)

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>Name one thing that Code Monkey said that wasn’t 100% correct.

He said Apple was selling fraudulent goods, which is totally untrue. They never claimed any videos were not upsampled. He also dismissed the relevance of the fact that Apple does not do the encoding, when it is 100% relevant. Finally, he accused Apple of charging twice for the same content, when that is up to the consumer.

Posted by palindrome on October 3, 2006 at 3:27 PM (PDT)

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“He said Apple was selling fraudulent goods, which is totally untrue. They never claimed any videos were not upsampled. He also dismissed the relevance of the fact that Apple does not do the encoding, when it is 100% relevant. Finally, he accused Apple of charging twice for the same content, when that is up to the consumer.”

“When you download movies from iTunes, you get near DVD-quality, 640-by-480-pixel video”
Enough said.

Posted by Nobody on October 3, 2006 at 3:55 PM (PDT)

16

Anything can be put on a DVD…DVD-quality means nothing.

Posted by palindrome on October 4, 2006 at 2:24 PM (PDT)

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We’re not talking about some bootleg POS you buy from some shady guy in an alley.

Posted by Nobody on October 4, 2006 at 3:32 PM (PDT)

18

Just like the words ‘digital-quality’ and ‘cd-quality’ also mean nothing.

Ever tried to watch the THX DVD of the movie Highlander? I bought that on Amazon not an alley, and it’s as bad as anything you ever saw.

Posted by palindrome on October 5, 2006 at 1:16 PM (PDT)

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