“Having conquered the world of portable digital music, Steven P. Jobs set his sights on television Wednesday, unveiling an Apple iPod that can play video – along with an online shop to fill it with TV shows, short films and music videos at $1.99 apiece,” John Markoff and Laura M. Holson report for The New York Times. “Mr. Jobs is undertaking his effort to transform the world of video with only two major producers – the Walt Disney Company and his own Pixar movie studio, which have been uneasy partners in film distribution – and without the broad support he lined up from the music business for selling songs online.”
“In an interview on Wednesday… Mr. Jobs also acknowledged that in endorsing hand-held video, he had made an about-face. For two years he had been consistently critical of the video quality available on portable low-resolution devices – and even the idea of using the technology to watch videos in public places while engaged in other tasks,” Markoff and Holson report. “Mr. Jobs said he was entering the video market as an experiment, but one that he felt he could not lose because the players will sell well on their music-playing features alone.”
Markoff and Holson report, “Analysts said Apple’s deal with Disney was significant because Disney had been the studio taking the strictest stand on copy protection in the digital era. The video offerings sold through iTunes will be encrypted with Apple’s own protection system, FairPlay, and while the system will permit backup copies, it will not allow the video to be transferred to a DVD for playing. And for an entertainment company looking to make an impact with a new video outlet, Apple’s player and online store were hard to match. “There are others in the market, but nobody else has the right combination of features,” said Richard Doherty, president of Envisioneering, a consumer electronics consulting firm.”
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Just a note that the new iPods can display audio and video on any TV or other video device using a US$19.99 Apple iPod AV Cable or S-video cable. An Apple iPod Universal Dock ($39.99) plus an Apple Remote ($19.99, included free with the new iMac G5) are a nice solution for using your iPod to play video on any size screen.
The New iPod with Video. The ultimate music + video experience on the go. Buy it now at the Apple Store. From $299. Free shipping.
The New iMac G5 – Built-in camera and remote control with Front Row media experience. From $1299. Free shipping.
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