Apple adds video to iPod trademark

Apple Computer, Inc. altered its iPod trademark to include the word “video” in a June 18, 2005 trademark filing. A quick search of the Trademark Electronic Search System (Tess) shows the following.

A portion of Apple’s “iPod” trademark description, filed on October 18, 2001:
Portable and handheld digital electronic devices for recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, and audio files (source)

It now reads:
Portable and handheld digital electronic devices for recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, audio, image, and video files (source)
So, do you still think Apple’s not prepping an “iPod video” for release?

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58 Comments

  1. So, here’s what I think they should be doing – use the Dock connector as a universal bus on everything – cable boxes, media computers, cars, boats, conference rooms, you name it.(of course, the car part is already coming true) – then, you could use the iPod to view files while travelling, bring the files to someone’s home and play them, put them in the car, or have them in a water tight compartment on the boat entertainment center, or even the key content unit in corporate presentations – imagine KeyNote to go without the need for a bulky laptop.

    If the iPod conector was the standard(and it’s already on it’s way), then the market just gets even larger. The fragemented way M$ and their partners go about this media business will always keep them away from the mass market numbers they need so badly to succeed.

    Go Apple!

  2. They’re homing in on the key strategy – use the Dock connector as a universal bus on everything – cable boxes, media computers, cars, boats, conference rooms, you name it.(of course, the car part is already coming true) – then, you could use the iPod to view(play) files while travelling, bring the files to someone’s home and play them, put them in the car, or have them in a water tight compartment on the boat entertainment center, or even the key content unit in corporate presentations – imagine KeyNote to go without the need for a bulky laptop.

    If the iPod conector was the standard(and it’s already on it’s way), then the market just gets even larger. The fragemented way M$ and their partners go about this media business will always keep them away from the mass market numbers they need so badly to succeed.

    Go Apple!

  3. “So, do you still think Apple’s not prepping an “iPod video” for release?”

    heh. Well, Creative’s video gadget is out now. All loaded up with extra fancy features, too. So Apple will wait a while and let everybody watch Creative stumbling around .. and then Apple will quietly step up with the video iPod, the video content and the video distribution model and take all the business.

  4. I guess video is coming to iPod! I’d better start saving.

    OT: I found this iPodDailyNews site through Google News. I see that’s it’s linked to “MacDailyNews.” I have some questions:

    I am a Windows PC user with three iPods (one is my wife’s) and the need to get a new PC.
    I am on the fence about the MAC vs. Windows thing. What should I do?
    I have a lot of time invested in Windows and I know how to use it. How long will it take to learn the Apple?
    What about all of my old files?
    Does MAC really have no viruses and spyware?
    Can MAC do Wi-Fi well?

    If I did get a Mac, what model should I get? I like to surf the web, email, IM, chat and use my computer to learn web design, for photoshop, paying bills – the usual stuff. I have a very old (3 years) Gateway desktop with Win2000, but I really want a laptop for my next computer.

  5. iPod video has BEEN there for awhile!!!

    Go to iTunes Music Store.
    Select Podcasts.
    Search for “videocast”.

    Just like their brothers, all of these podcast videos can be downloaded for free and played full screen in iTunes.

    Although my favorite, “MacTV”, seems to be missing! Perhaps their use of Apple commercials was illegal.

    Making a video iPod doesn’t seem like a major step, especially for Apple. I expect much better from Apple like TV broadcasts and movies via Podcasting as well as an Airport Express AV for wirelessly sending your videos to your TV.

    THEN you can set up YOUR television viewing on YOUR schedule. This would beat TiVo because you don’t have to wait until a set time to record your shows. You can also get previous shows you may have missed. With the existing Podcast auto subscriptions, YOU create your own set of channels, thus making your own customized virtual cable company.

    Every broadcast, every movie, anytime YOU wish.
    Now, THAT would be Apple-logic.

  6. They may just be modifying the patent to protect themselves from someone else using their style & technique to release their own version of a iPod video.

    Personally, I think that as many people I see using their digital cameras or even worse, their cell phones to shoot video, merely allowing us to play them back on the iPod is a no brainer. I’m not saying the iPod should become a commercial broadcast camera quality playback deck, just let us watch our silly little clips or music videos (or porn for those that can’t go without).

    The idea of the iPod being able to play HD back to a monitor or TV is very intriguing, but I fear for battery life and harddrive wear.

    So, even as the clues abound, we are left with a big load of speculation…

    MW= Video will ad “value” to the iPod line while Apple perfects their PDA!

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