“Watching television on a 2 1/2 -inch video screen seems as strangely satisfying to me as watching shows on a 61-inch screen. That’s the effect the new video iPod had on me. I just have to stop running into people while walking down the street with it,” Vince Horiuchi writes for The Salt Lake Tribune. “I got the iPod recently, and being the TV whore that I am, the first thing I did was load TV programs on to it, not music. And as Apple guru Steve Jobs would say, the experience was as smooth as ‘butter.’ Well, for the most part.”
“Last week, Apple chief executive Jobs said 8 million videos have been sold through its iTunes Music Store since the video iPod was introduced Oct. 12. What Jobs once stated would never be a part of his iPod – video – is now becoming a major force for Apple and has involved big deals with NBC, ABC and music video producers. You can now download episodes of “The Office,” “Commander in Chief” and old “Saturday Night Live” sketches from iTunes for $1.99 per episode as well as video podcasts and music videos,” Horiuchi writes.
“But how easy is it to get ‘Lost’ on that little fifth generation iPod? As easy as 1, 2, 3. Turn on iTunes, click on the video you want to watch and wait for the download. Then plug your iPod into your computer to automatically transfer the file. The video is already formatted to play on the iPod, so there is no need to convert it first. The video is crisp and the sound is clear. You also can plug it into a television (with a set of $30 cables you have to buy separately) and use the iPod like a portable VCR,” Horiuchi writes. “There are hiccups, however, because the iTunes software is a little clunky at times. For example, you can’t sync more than one iPod to the software for people with separate playlists, and you can’t make separate folders for different types of shows, like having a ‘Sopranos, Season One’ category.”
Full article here.
You can do the things about which Horiuchi complains. See Apple’s suport document How to use multiple iPods with one computer and simply create a Playlist (or a Smart Playlist) for ‘Sopranos, Season One’ and so on to create “folders” for different types of shows. More info here: http://www.apple.com/ilife/tutorials/itunes/index.html
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