Apple video-capable iPod nano on the way?

Is Apple planning to add video playback capabilities to their iPod nano soon?

“Speculation surrounds yesterday’s announcement of Apple’s partnership with Nike, as the pair plan to offer fitness-themed video content through the iTunes music store,” T3 writes. “Video content sounds swell, but not if the nano stays in its current form, unable to play it back.” Full article here.

Indeed, one of the features that Apple.com’s Nike+iPod section promises includes, “Video and Audio Podcasts. Shows featuring the most dynamic personalities in the sporting world.” Coming with iTunes 6.0.5 (not yet available).

Nike+iPod info here: http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/sync.html

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26 Comments

  1. I never wanted a nano, so I bought a 30 gig with video. I like it, but it’s big and heavy and I feel like i’ll break it. Nanos are sweet, and they’ll be even sweeter if they get video capability.

  2. “Video content sounds swell, but not if the nano stays in its current form, unable to play it back.”

    …or in its current form, with a miniscule screen. My head is throbbing already at the thought of watching video on a screen that small.

  3. Watching a video on your nano isn’t that bad really. I have linux on my nano and it can play back uncompressed AVI files. If i remember hearing right, I think the processors in the nano aren’t powerful enough to play back compressed video files. They would probably have to revamp the nano and add a faster chip and a video decoder chip. It is something that could happen, but I doubt the people with the older nanos would be able to watch compressed videos from Itunes. Just to let you know a 23.5 Mb MPEG4 nano video ready, uncompressed AVI, is 132.6 Mbs. I filled my nano up with almost nothing.

  4. When I go for a run, watching a video – especially on a small screen – would be dangerous for me and for those in my path. And I don’t often stop for more than a few minutes until the end of my run – shower time – or the end of the race – time to scarf yogurt/lite beer.

    Video ON the iPod – rather than just stored there for playback on a tv or computer – is NOT an activity for many. Maybe for … OK, planes have tv, motels have tv, even mini-vans have tv train rides?

    Sorry, I can’t see it – please pardon the pun.

  5. Well, Apple wants to steal the christmas, so does everyone else, including Sony with PS3 and many other things, so does Sandisk.

    Everyone is buying Apple stock assuming they will repeat what they did last christmas, as far as i can see, whenever future is predicted one way, things turn out some other way.

  6. Well, Apple wants to steal the christmas, so does everyone else, including Sony with PS3 and many other things, so does Sandisk.

    Everyone is buying Apple stock assuming they will repeat what they did last christmas, as far as i can see, whenever future is predicted one way, things turn out some other way.

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