“CEO Steve Jobs may have been skeptical about the appeal of such a device, but Apple has nevertheless done an impressive job of producing one,” Peter Lewis writes in his article “The Video iPod: It Rocks” for Fortune. “Not too long ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs pooh-poohed the idea of a video iPod. Music and video are two different experiences, he noted. You can walk down the street or drive a car while listening to music, he said, but watching a video under the same circumstances could be dangerous, if not lethal. Besides, he said, who wants to watch a video on a dinky little screen? … And on Wednesday Jobs announced here that the first video iPods will ship from factories in Asia this week, and be in stores in time for the holidays. “We are so excited by this,” said Jobs, who has apparently had a change of heart about watching videos on a small screen. And that’s good news, because although Apple has many rivals in the iPod business, none of them I’ve seen have anything to match the new iPod video’s simplicity, capacity or price.”
“There are two new iPod models; one is a 30-gigabyte video iPod priced at $299, and the other a 60-gigabyte model that will go for $399. Both boast what Jobs calls a “giant, high-quality color screen.” Really the screen only has a diagonal of 2.5-inches—about the minimum size for watching music videos or TV shows comfortably—but who am I to quibble? They also have a video-output port for showing iPod content on larger screens like the PC or the TV,” Lewis writes.
In the full article, Lewis calls Apple “the most innovative hardware company around,” talks about the new iMac G5, and writes, “Apple’s new Front Row media-management software, which will be included in the new iMacs, appears to be significantly simpler and more elegant than Microsoft’s Windows Media Center PC software.” Lewis concludes, “It should be a good holiday season for the folks in Cupertino.”
Full article here.
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