“Roger Kay, president of research firm Endpoint Technologies, Inc., rated Apple’s positioning of the video iPod as a conservative play, because the company isn’t offering more expensive iPods with video playback as a premium. Instead, the company is replacing previous models with similarly priced iPods,” Mike Musgrove reports for The Washington Post.
“Kay predicted that the gadget may appeal to a young generation that grew up with their eyes glued to Game Boy video game systems. But he said he doubted that many older iPod fans will find much time to watch video content on the devices — or invest the 10 to 20 minutes it will take to download the latest episode of ‘Lost,'” Musgrove reports.
Musgrove reports, “A video-playing iPod had been the subject of speculation by analysts and fans of Apple’s Mac computers for at least a year. Heavy Internet traffic caused Mac news and rumor sites to crash in the hours leading up to the announcements. One site that managed to stay online complained that the venue that Apple had chosen, the California Theater in San Jose, was in ‘a cellular dead zone.'”
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• The new iPods actually offer more for less money. They’re thinner, have more or equal storage, have better screens, and play video.
• Nobody “invests” 10 to 20 minutes to download “Lost.” It took us 1/3rd of a second to click “Buy” and then click on Safari to surf around and read Kay’s blather. “Lost” was down by the time we typed this up. Aren’t we damned efficient multitaskers?
• Heavy Internet traffic did indeed put a bit of a kibosh on us for a time, but we never crashed and traffic has now eased enough that we’re back in business!
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