PC Magazine: Apple’s Steve Jobs’ new iPod+iTunes just saved the portable-media-center market

“Take Steve Jobs (please!). Even when he comes late to market with a product, he claims he invented it. The other day I was listening to Jobs spout on CNBC about how, unlike case with the portable music market (which he’s willing to admit he didn’t create but merely ‘revolutionized’ with the iPod), there is no portable-video-player market. So Apple, he said, with its new video-capable iPod 30GB is, more or less, inventing the market and now he’s going to see what happens,” Lance Ulanoff writes for PC Magazine.

“Despite the efforts by Creative, Microsoft, and Samsung, not to mention Sony with its portable PlayStation (PSP) and a slew of no-brand Taiwan-made devices, Jobs may be right,”Ulanoff writes. “There is no portable-video market. All the initial hoopla and the subsequent release of players from Archos, Yepp, and others was followed by general consumer disinterest. Almost a year later, virtually no one is carrying the gadgets—a far different scenario than with MP3 players. What went wrong? And how are Jobs and the new iPod 30GB with video and iTunes 6.0 about to resurrect this stagnant market?”

Ulanoff writes, “Darned if he hasn’t positioned the new iPod to be the first truly successful, broadly adopted portable media player. It has nearly all the right features: photo, music and video capabilities, and the ability to output video to TV… As part of the iPod announcement, he unveiled iTunes 6, which will offer video content, including music videos and full network shows from Disney… Say what you will about Jobs’ ego. I think he just saved the portable-media-center market.”

Full article here.

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Something tells us Apple’s going to sell some 5G iPods. Call us clairvoyant, if you must.

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  1. I ordered TV audio/video cables from apple a couple of days ago. This morning I received the following email:

    Dear Valued Apple Customer,

    We appreciate your recent Apple Store Order WXXXXX

    Due to an unexpected delay, we are unable to ship the following
    item(s) by the date that you were originally quoted:

    will now ship on or before 10/27/2005

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  2. I have loaded 126 videos into iTunes 6.0, two music videos, 2 home videos, and the balance is porn.

    I have a IPod 20GB g3, maybe I’ll upgrade to an iPod w/video, but right now I’m just happy to have an app that will organize my video collection. Now Apple, please give me floating controls like DVD Player, PLEASE!

    And iCrystal, let me know when you want to come over and watch.

  3. Eric – Lots of Luck waiting for your 3G iPod to ‘give it up’. I am still using a 1st generation (5GB) and it works as well today as when I bought it. It even has the original battery and I still get 4+ hours on a charge.

    That said, I will definitely get a new iPod as a second iPod for Christmas!

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