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News Corp.‘s Murdoch not impressed by video iPod, iTunes

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Monday, February 6, 2006
News Categories: iPod

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch said in a recent interview with Newsweek that he’s not impressed with the video iPod and that Apple’s agreements with networks like NBC and ABC are not ground-breaking.

“We’re not knocked out by iPod so far,” he said, adding that News Corp. has had talks with Apple, Google and others. “But how many people really want to get video on a tiny screen when they already have TiVo or a similar service from their cable company or DirecTV? How many will want to pay $1.99 on Monday morning if they missed ‘Desperate Housewives’ the night before? What’s been announced so far with iPod and Disney and NBC is very small-time at the moment.”

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21

who cares if he hasn’t been blown away.  14 million ipods sold over the xmas quarter say that everyone else loves it. Apparently Rupert, a LOT of people want to watch decent video AND have access to their music in an interface that doesn’t suck like everything else does.  Frankly, I could care less about Rupert Murdoch and his opinion.  Ed Zander didn’t like the nano, and look how far the ROKR went.

Posted by qbunt on February 7, 2006 at 1:07 PM (PDT)

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This message is for “phaedrus”

I didn’t say that “any and all” conservatives are evil bufoons. But one that runs his newspaper pandering ONLY to conservative republicans… yes. THAT ONE is a bufoon. And I also agree that conservative or liberal, it takes a certain level of enlightenment and intelligence to use an ipod.

Posted by Ron Valdes on February 7, 2006 at 6:58 PM (PDT)

23

This is hillarious.  Not only only do I love to watch content on the iPod; I even watch content which resides on my TiVo.  One click transfers are entirely possible.  This is coming from someone with an HDTV too.  Fact is; the quality of the video is top notch in an iPod form factor.

BTW- I’m surprised Murdoch isn’t touting his own NDS box.  Oh well.

Posted by xenon on February 7, 2006 at 7:15 PM (PDT)

24

I agree with Rup; the 5G is lame for vids. I’ve done a couple on mine and can’t understand why the vid junkies are virtually dribbling in their pants over this drivel. HOWEVER, I think the old man is really leaving some dollars on the table…I mean, I betcha there’s a buncha souls out there would jump at the chance at buying episodes of O’Reilly Factor or War Stories, if only to shove their righteous iPods in the faces of pansy dandy libs…any time, any place.

I’m tellin’ y’all…it’s a happenin’ thang (or is it a thang waitin’ for a happenin’).

Posted by flatline response on February 8, 2006 at 3:04 AM (PDT)

25

Actually I’m considering buying a video ipod because one of his stations cancelled some of my favourite programming. So the gain for Apple is what? about $500.00 for the hardware plus the $2.00 per month I’ll pay for downloading my show. The loss for Rupert Murdoch is approx. $6.00 per month as I’ve dumped the specialty package that used to air the programming that I liked. I know these figures don’t accuratley reflect their profit margins so, yes, it might not be groundbreaking, but my dollars will go to Apple.

Posted by J Kira on February 9, 2006 at 2:37 AM (PDT)

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