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Re: Apple: A Pocket Full of Movies?
Posted by: Arik Hesseldahl 2005-09-21 07:16:54
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Apple's decision to release one high-profile product in such a way that it overshadowed another sends an important message about its priorities in the digital media environment it has come to dominate. Music labels are eager to push their content to wireless phones, but to Apple, the iPod is king of the digital media landscape -- and the company intends to keep it that way. But preserving that undisputed lead means the iPod has to evolve beyond music and incorporate video.

Too Small For Video? Hogwash!
Posted by: bdkennedy1 2005-09-21 12:04:17 In reply to: Arik Hesseldahl
I don't accept Steve's reason for no video iPod. There are plenty of places I could watch movies or videos. On a road trip, on a plane, in the airport, in the hospital, or whereever else I have to sit and wait.

Re: Apple: A Pocket Full of Movies?
Posted by: reboylin 2005-09-21 09:01:09 In reply to: Arik Hesseldahl
Transfering movie files to a portable device makes little sense in a wireless world. Ultra wi-fi capacity enables remote video serving from a static device in the home. An iPod size device would be useful as a controller and previewer of available content from a variety of sources. TV on demand and internet downloads are more likely to become the leading media consumed. Movies will play a major role when they're downloadable while still in movie theaters. They could well give the rental market fits when customers have HD DVD burners.
HDTV and video content files will be larger and not suitable for limited storage devices. The exception could be wireless reception on a hand held device that could keep the mobile user updated with needed information and news. The cell phone services are still not showing a significant demand though.
Jobs is likely to stay on top of the trends and have products ready for final development when a sure market is revealed or made possible with technology developments. Quicktime is Apple's hold card in this respect.
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