WSJ: Apple in video iTunes talks, may unveil video iPod by September

“Apple Computer recently held discussions with major recording companies, seeking to license music videos to sell through the company’s iTunes Music Store, according to a report in Monday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal. The talks are a possible prelude to a version of Apple’s hit iPod music player that plays video — a version of the gadget that the Journal says the Cupertino, Calif., computer and electronics company has told some entertainment-industry executives could be unveiled by September,” MSNBC reports.

“The videos, which could go on sale as early as September, would likely cost $1.99 each according to the newspaper, with the possibility of a discount if consumers buy a music video and a song at the same time,” MSNBC reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: First music videos, then TV shows and movies? If so, it’ll take awhile to download longer content on a cable modem, that’s for sure. We look at any iPod video lineup from Apple not so much being about watching video on the go on a tiny color screen (although that will certainly be an option) and more about easily connecting to existing screens, so you can take your iPod video out of your pocket and play content wherever a screen happens to be available; your living room, your friend’s living room, at your desktop computer, in your kitchen, in your car, on the plane with your iBook or PowerBook, etc. No more quoting Animal House lines, you just scroll your iPod video’s Click Wheel to the proper clip and play it.

The Wall Street Journal article (subscription required) is here.

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Apple debuts online QuickTime 7 High Definition Video Gallery utilizing H.264 codec – April 29, 2005
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Report: Apple Computer to launch ‘Video iPod’ by 2006 – April 11, 2005
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RUMOR: Apple building satellite-based High Defintion Video Delivery system – March 22, 2005
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  1. Thumbs down to this one. Who wants to buy music videos and even more so, who wants to watch them on a 2″ iPod screen?

    Bring on MOVIES for sale!

    word: City

  2. I just hope they’re quality h.264 versions that you can play in full screen, or at least in the same res as they were filmed and not the tiny ones they currently have in the videos section.

    My only fear, and I lose the word losely is that itunes is gonna begin to get a bit bloated with all these additional features.

  3. I welcome this with open arms. No more Tivo-ing every episode of Metal Mania on VH1-Classic just to get a couple of tasty clips. I’ll just buy all the videos I would ever want from iTunes and put them all together on my ultimate “Headbanger’s Ball playlist” or on DVD.

    This would work really well with an Apple media center too – put together “libraries” of music videos that you can organize in playlists.

  4. considering the quality of songs from iTMS is not really that great, I’m assuming video quality might be disappointing as well. That might be fine for music videos but probably not for movies.

  5. This is something I would like to see, I always watch movies round at my mates and have to pack up my laptop, power, tv connecting cables, discs ect….

    Whether we will see it is another matter.

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