“I am very happy that PC Magazine likes, really likes, the new video iPod. I am not sure why people think watching video on a 2.5-inch color screen is such a big deal, but there you have it,” David Coursey writes for Gearlog.
Coursey gives several iPod-related predictions, but really screws up these:
1. The video iPod isn’t the product customers want. Not in huge numbers. This won’t be the first time Apple has released a loser high-end iPod. Remember, when the Photo iPod was all the rage? It turned out that neat as it sounds, most people don’t want to carry huge photo collections around in their pocket. I don’t think adding video to a souped-up Photo iPod changes this, especially when very little video will be available for downloading. The video iPod sounds really neat, but won’t be a huge seller.
2. The best customer for the video iPod will be someone who needs the large drive capacity, either because they want to carry around a big music collection or because they are using the iPod as a repository for images downloaded straight from a digital camera. If the alternative is carrying a laptop computer around, the iPod is a good choice.
3. The bulk of the market wants an iPod Nano. It’s sleek, it’s cool, it’s not too expensive. And it doesn’t overreach.
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We’re really surprised that Coursey missed a very obvious point, one that was made very clear in the PC Magazine review of the 5G iPod that he references: “Don’t call it the Video iPod, the vPod, or anything that indicates that this is a video player. It’s the new iPod, period.”
Coursey is either being a contrarian for the sake of being contrarian or he must have been tired or not thinking when he wrote his list.
The new Apple 5G iPod is the same iPod as before, only you get more storage space in a thinner case for a lower price and it happens to do video – and it does video quite well, as other reviewers have pointed out. It also outputs to larger screens, as Coursey fails to mention.
Regarding Coursey’s first point, the iPod is clearly what customers want, just look at the unit sales or at people walking around to the beat of their iPods. Coursey’s second point illustrates the shaky foundation that his ideas are based upon; he refers to the device as a “video iPod” when it’s actually a thinner, more capacious, lower-priced iPod that’s also video-capable. Coursey’s third point is also wrong, as the iPod 5G doesn’t overreach at all; it just gives users more for a better price than earlier iPod models.
Coursey really blew this one.
[UPDATE: 11:25am ET: Fixed “capacious.”]
PC Magazine review gives Apple’s new video-capable iPod 5 out of 5 stars – October 21, 2005
CBS News: New iPod shows ‘Apple will continue to dominate portable digital media player market’ – October 21, 2005
Apple’s video-capable iPod and iTunes are first vital link in new distribution paradigm – October 21, 2005
USA Today: Apple’s new iPod + video: world’s foremost portable music players have gotten only better – October 20, 2005
Comprehensive review of Apple’s iPod 5G with Video – October 20, 2005
The Motley Fool: ‘Apple’s new video-enabled iPod is about to save the televised content industry’ – October 20, 2005
Ars Technica reviews Apple’s new video-capable iPod – October 20, 2005
NY Times Pogue: ‘watching video on new iPod’s 2.5-inch screen is completely immersive’ – October 19, 2005
MSNBC columnist: after initial coolness wears off, Apple’s video iPod will wind up in dresser drawer
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