RUMOR: New 4G iPod to offer encoding capabilities

“According to a seemingly reliable, yet unconfirmed report, the micro-chip Apple plans to use in its 4th generation iPod will not only allow for hardware decoding of MPEG-4/AAC, but will also boast several ENCODE capabilities. The source of the tip refused to provide further comment on other known details of the chip, but claimed no inside knowledge of how Apple plans on using the ENCODE capability in the new iPod, noting only that it would would be churlish of the company ignore the feature,” AppleInsider reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Rumor. Not fact. Yet. Maybe never. And, yes, those dudes said “churlish.” Heh-heh.

29 Comments

  1. “…but claimed no inside knowledge of how Apple plans on using the ENCODE capability in the new iPod”

    Recording capability and encoding the input directly to MP3 or AAC, maybe?

  2. I like the ipod, and having a color screen and better battery life would be great. Also – moving more towards the ipod mini form factor would be wonderful – but is anyone else not too impressed with the fact that it may hold “photos.” I mean, who really cares if you can dispay some photos on the ipod – it is a music device. I would much rather have them not add that feature and make the form factor smaller…

  3. Does anyone think Apple would ever venture into the gaming console market? I would imagine that they could make a great looking, multi-tasking device, but I don’t see it being able to compete with what is already on the market. Although…the iPod has surpassed many peoples expectations.

  4. Color screen, unless OLED, means more battery drain. Smaller profile means smaller battery and less playback time. Dell DJ has an enormous battery and is bigger than standard iPod.

    Gaming console market? Why? There are already 3 companies involved and it’s a very low-profit thing what with the competition constantly forcing lower prices. The money is in the software not the machine.

  5. “Does anyone think Apple would ever venture into the gaming console market?”

    It as called the Pippin.

    Anyway, encoding my mean we would be able to rip CDs without a computer, via digital input maybe? You can already create playlists without iTunes.

  6. Size is about perfect with mini now, except for the thickness.

    I don’t want to be able to watch video on an iPod, but I might like to play a standard tv video signal from it. I might like to be able to rip my cdg collection into iTunes, put it on my iPod, and run my Karaoke show from there. Goodbye hundreds of discs, hello sweet little iPod and PowerBook (for backup). I might like to be able to pre-mix and run an entire custom set list complete with accompanying video. I might like to use iMovie, export the finished product to my iPod, and be able to plug it into anyone’s TV set to watch whatever it was.

    Video is the next step for integration with iLife, IMO. Encoding might end up being useful, but not as useful as a video-out.

  7. Wow I never knew about Pippin. Crazy. Anyway, the 4G iPod is gonna be pretty awesome, especially if it does utilize Home on iPod or whatever it is called. A company called http://www.syncitbaby.com does something similar for the PC environment, basically utilizing a stable synchronization program on a portable USB. I am guessing that this is what Home on iPod will be and more, and although I don’t understand all the encoding stuff I’m sure its cool.

  8. “I mean, who really cares if you can dispay some photos on the ipod – it is a music device”.

    If you travel and are into digital photography, having the iPod available to download your pics onto would be a great convenience. Especially if you shoot in raw format which takes up a lot of space. And as long as they are there, you may as well be able to look at them. As a medium for sharing photos I don’t see a real benefit.

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