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Rumors of Next Generation of Ipods

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the back-fence-gossip dept.

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xyankee writes "Apple is on the verge of releasing a 60GB iPod that will not only hold a ton of music, but also sport photo-viewing capabilities! Think Secret is reporting that the new iPod will also have a 2-inch high-resolution LCD display, video-out, and enhancements to iPhoto for synchronizing photos. The best part is it'll be just 2mm thicker than regular iPods. Does this mean that iPhoto for Windows might not be far behind? Also, as a note to all the rumor pundits, Think Secret nailed the iMac G5 specs a month before its announcement, so I'm inclined to believe them with this bit as well."

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iPods lick balls (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469091)

ipods lick balls.

pass it on.

Re:iPods lick balls (3, Funny)

monkubus (545898) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469225)

ipods lick balls.


So...you can't afford one either, eh?

Gimme more! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469100)

60GB = Lots of pr0n

Suck me beautiful! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469103)

iPods are for homogayrotics.

Ultimate geek device (5, Funny)

XiC (207670) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469107)

P0rn to go.....

How handy !(pun intended)

Just don't (5, Funny)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469224)

Drop it in the toilet of the men's restroom at your office.

Credible (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469108)

Think Secret, while not 100% accurate, does have a pretty darn good track record for pre-release specs. It's certainly the most credible Mac rumor site out there. I'm inclined to believe them as well. Now I just have to find $500...

Yeah...but... (5, Insightful)

bugbeak (711163) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469109)

didn't the iPod make it because it played MP3s, and played them well?

Re:Yeah...but... (2, Insightful)

Jakhel (808204) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469131)

if it can do both, why not let it? Don't fear convergence, embrace it.

Re:Yeah...but... (4, Interesting)

hype7 (239530) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469287)

very true.

I think there is a market for this, that's maybe a little bit of a shift from the iPods present target market.

it's the iPod for grown ups. These are the people who wouldn't buy one just for the music, but the prospect of taking their kids/grandkids photos with them everywhere, being able to whip out a cool little device with every digital photo they've ever taken, would definitely hold some appeal with some of the older folk.

the music may just be a bonus!

-- james

Re:Yeah...but... (5, Insightful)

geekwithglasses (734205) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469189)

Yeah, the iPod does well because it does one thing better than any other player. I have an Archos that does video and music, and I hate it. Clunky interface, heavy, and over all, just poor design.I take my iPod everywhere and I get a TON o use out of it.

If Apple can make a portable image/video player that has the functionality and respnosiveness as the iPod, then I'm in.

After the deal [slashdot.org] with Steve Balmer and his comments that Microsoft will dominate the convergence market for computer based entertainment, I'd love to see Apple come in and lay down another big seller.

Yes it did, but also... (5, Informative)

Anaphiel (712680) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469195)

... the iPod functions as a portable hard drive with a fast FireWire connection, which influenced my buying decision. I use it to carry files back and forth to clients and school more than I do for playing music.

And if the new iPods can be connected directly to a digital camera to store, sort, review, and manage photos in the field, I'd be able to leave my laptop behind on shoots.

The only time a new feature is a bad thing is if it impairs the access or usage of an existing feature. If Apple can implement picture viewing without changing the UI dramatically, or the input method (click wheel), and doesn't make the form factor too large or the battery life too short, I'm all for it.

Re:Yes it did, but also... (4, Informative)

Omega1045 (584264) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469316)

As did the Lord of the Rings movie crew. They used iPods as portable hard drives because the place Peter Jackson was staying at was a few blocks from high speed internet. They would dump large movie files onto the iPod (I assume via Firewire) and take them over to his place to view.

Well.... (4, Insightful)

plazman30 (531348) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469110)

Think Secret also spent a lot fo time showing the new Apple PDA along with supposed screen shots and that never surfaced...

Re:Well.... (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469212)

The iPod is already a PDA.

Re:Well.... (3, Interesting)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469216)

Exactly, it's not the first time they discuss such new iPods, they actually overhyped some similarly featured iPod as soon as Spring 2004 but they had to admit they were wrong.
I don't think Apple will do it, because it's just not convenient to use a 2 inch lcd screen to see photos that have been most probably taken on a dig camera with a dedicated similarly large screen...
Anyway, if Apple does such a device, I guess it'll more and more look like the PDA Newton lovers have been expecting for years...
I suggest somebody asks Belkin or any other iPod accessories manufacturer whether they plan to create an iPod char input device...

Re:Well.... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469358)

Steve Jobs is on record as saying that they developed one, but that they didn't bring it to market - so Think Secret weren't that far out.

Re:Well.... (2, Informative)

loquacious d (635611) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469365)

I think you might be thinking of SpyMac, with their perpetual iWalk hoaxing. ThinkSecret AFAIK has never jumped on that particular rumor bandwagon.

Asia? (1)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469111)

Produced in Asia -- anyone know where?

Re:Asia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469207)

Probably China or Vietnam.

Japanese or Korean labor is way too expensive for Apple Corporation to use for commodity production.

I dont get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469116)

I could see using video out, but still photo output? Seems like a pretty pointless feature for an MP3 player.

Re:I dont get it. (5, Interesting)

PriceIke (751512) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469149)

I totally get this. I carry photos around on my Palm all the time. When I come back from vacation or whatever, I can dump the images to the Palm and then I can show them to folks. As long as it's a very good screen (like the one on my Tungsten|T3) the pictures will show up very well.

I also keep my T3 docked on my desk at work, and use the slide show feature to cycle through photos there while it's not in use. It makes a very appealing digital picture frame. An iPod in its dock, with a good color screen, would serve well in this capacity too.

FWIW, IMHO, IANAL, prices and participation may vary.

Re:I dont get it. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469234)

Stop boring people with your stupid vacation pictures. Nobody cares.

Re:I dont get it. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469341)

Why are Apple people always so uninformed about the rest of the world. these product alread exist. Archos is on the fourth generation! Geez.

Re:I dont get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469186)

It's so you can jack off to porn in public bathrooms like at work or those communal bathroom things most dorms have.

I'm serious man. You can't stroke it to your pr0n if you got 3 other room mates but if you can take it into a stall and stroke it like a convict in there to your ipod then it's all good.

Seriously. You think they didn't think of that when they included that? Yeah right, they did it so you can look at pictures of your granpda while you go for a morning run...shea right...

Re:I dont get it. (1)

dioscaido (541037) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469190)

I personally find the video photo output of my still digicam useful. When I visit family, I plug in the camera to their TV, and off goes the slide show. Depending on the implementation, it would be pretty sweet. While carrying around a camera all day isn't too common, carrying around an iPod is. So it will open up for good sharing experiences.

60 GB.. (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469121)

That's 2 times bigger than my hard-drive! I know that some people have large amounts of music, but isn't this overdoing it? Who would buy this thing compared to a cheaper 20GB one?

Re:60 GB.. (1)

kalidasa (577403) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469168)

Me. 23 GB of music, and I could use the extra 37 GB for other kinds of storage.

Re:60 GB.. (1)

ALpaca2500 (125123) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469172)

i have at least 60 gigs of mp3s... of course, most of it is stuff i'm not listening to on a regular basis. but if you collect a lot of music, (and if you've been collecting for a few years) i'm sure 60 gigs is easy...

Re:60 GB.. (1)

caino59 (313096) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469180)

i have 50GB of music....this is what was keeping me from buying a portable device.

so, in other words...I would buy this as compared to the cheaper device. I want to be able to take ALL my music with me ALL the time. comparing cost is trivial. if a device doesn't do what i want/need it to do, then its worthless.

Ideal for people who want to carry data too (1)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469192)

People who want to claim it as a business expense is who. A 60GB iPod would be ideal for data transfer as a FireWire/USB2 portable drive. I'd consider buying one for this purpose and could claim it against profits as a business expense.

Re:60 GB.. (1)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469232)

Maybe you should concider a new HDD.
I'm just reaching the 24GB limit of my MP3 partition, 12GB of which i have a copy of on my 20GB Archos and i wouldn't mind 20GB more to spare.

You should also take into account that these things are sometimes used to transfer stuff between friends and such.

Re:60 GB.. (2, Insightful)

Unkle (586324) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469293)

One reason would be that you would not have to worry too much about running out of space, even when using the highest quality MP3 bitrates. Plus, as others have mentioned, it can function as a portable HDD, so you can bring along movies, docuemnts, etc.

iPod slightly less Mini (2, Informative)

X_Caffeine (451624) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469127)

the iPod mini is also rumored to bump up to 6gb [appleinsider.com] . (less is more, suckaz!)

iPhoto for Windows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469129)

I hope not. Maybe the photo viewing capabilities could be a good reason to consider a Mac? Or I suppose they could use the media reader. Hm... good point though about iPhoto and Windows.

Huh, Why? (0, Offtopic)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469290)

I Photo for window is just stupid. Well, I guess the whole photo book creation thing is cool, but other than that Iphoto is not very impressive. But then again, I'm not impressed with itunes either. SO maybe what ever it is that people like about iTunes is the same sorta thing they like about iPhoto. I do however like grage band, but they really should have just kept going with their branding stratagey and just called it iRock. That would be cool. Almost cool enough to make apple cool. But not quite. I think for certian oddballs such as myself, a technology needs to have rough edges. It must be difficult so that we can feel pride in having accomplished a non trivial task. Like Garage band should behave as if everything is being recorded with equipment that a garage band might have. It starts raining as you're recording so water drips through the crack in the roof and hits the equipment. So it DEVELOPS problems WITH ConTroLinG The VOLUME AND FEEDBACK and feedback.

Wow that was a long winded rambling post. Well, thats what you get on friday.

Viewing photos? Hmm (3, Informative)

twocoasttb (601290) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469135)

I'm not sure that the ability to view photos would be an incentive for me to upgrade to a newer iPod; the screen would just be too small to make it worthwhile. However, the idea of integrating the iPod with iPhoto to make it easier to transport photos from one place to another would be appealing. Being able to sync a smart list of recent photos to the iPod before going back east to visit the family would be really cool...

Re:Viewing photos? Hmm (1)

visomo (618182) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469183)

That's why it maybe has a TV-Out.

"...high-resolution LCD display..." (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469136)

versus what, low-resolution etch-sketch display?

Next 30-60 days? (5, Interesting)

mystereys (673518) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469137)

The article says in the next 30-60 days. Although that makes sense in terms of the holiday shopping season, didn't they just come out with the 4th gen ipod, oh, 3 or 4 months ago? You still have problems finding accessories for the 4th gen--most of the cases sold in the stores are still for the 3rd gen ipod.

Re:Next 30-60 days? (3, Interesting)

hype7 (239530) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469319)

didn't they just come out with the 4th gen ipod, oh, 3 or 4 months ago?


I think this is more likely to be marketed as an iPod plus rather than an iPod.

Its existence would also help explain the relatively restricted supply 4 months out, plus it would also help explain that slip of the tongue [infoworld.com] by Toshiba about Apple wanting 60GB drives.

-- james

FM Tuner? (5, Interesting)

dl107227 (632747) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469141)

Someday they will manage the technological feat of incorporating an FM tuner into the IPod. When I have the option of listening to NPR or my music collection I may switch to the IPod. Right now I will stick with my IRiver player.

Re:FM Tuner? (1)

Ashyukun (551101) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469246)

Amen. Wish I had those mod points from a few days back now... that's the only complaint (other than the occasional butting up against the relatively small capacity) I have with my Mini. I might have bought something different myself, but since it was a present, I can't wholly complain, I suppose. :p

Re:FM Tuner? (1)

fafaforza (248976) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469299)

I'd also like to have AM reception. There's some decent talk radio on the AM band. I do not know why, everytime I mention AM/FM for the iPod, I'm met with hostile replies from the Apple crowd. It *is* an audio device; granted it can play a week's worth of music, but radio should has a definite place in any audio player.

Re:FM Tuner? (1)

ideonode (163753) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469286)

Better still, have a DAB digital radio receiver. I would happily shell out for a decent personal DAB radio with multi-gigabyte digital music storage.

Is it that much to ask?

Re:FM Tuner? (4, Insightful)

mgs1000 (583340) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469306)

I'm guessing most people buy an iPod so they don't have to listen to the crap that's on FM radio today.

Re:FM Tuner? (1)

TheAntiCrust (620345) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469379)

Damn Skippy! Thats why I bought all those CDs! So that I could listen to what I what to listen to whenever I want. The CDs provide the what, the iPod provides the whenever.

Re:FM Tuner? (1)

Unxmaal (231) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469363)

Radio is dead. Apple knows this.

more screen? (2, Insightful)

anocelot (657966) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469151)

I thought the screen was the part on the iPods that broke most often... If that's true, (and it was in my case) I really hope they have better design to go with that larger screen.

genuine gmail invites! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469162)

Thank you sir! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469275)

A nice shiny Gmail account for me!!

Cheers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469285)

n/t

Invites all gone - got any more?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469300)

mail to: fckwt@cmdrtaco.info

The Killer App Would be... (4, Interesting)

Mean_Nishka (543399) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469164)

..an Apple smartphone ala the Treo 600. Imagine a mobile OSX based device with a 60 gig drive for playing music. Now that I'd pay a few hundred bucks for..

When I bought my treo, I was so happy to ditch having to walk around with two geeky devices. So of course I ended up buying a 20 gig iPod and still walk around with two geeky devices. Jobs has said the smartphone is the future of the PDA - does that mean an eventual merging of these technologies?

Re:The Killer App Would be... (1)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469257)

The iPod is cool and not geeky.

A 12 inch Powerbook will do what you want and have a better display then any portable video only device.

Re:The Killer App Would be... (2, Insightful)

Mean_Nishka (543399) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469337)

How would I hold a 12" Powerbook up to my ear to make a phone call?

Re:The Killer App Would be... (3, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469361)

That way when you're on hold, you can pick your own music ! brilliant !

Quick ! patent it !

Re:The Killer App Would be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469364)

>...a few hundred bucks


a few hundred bucks for a device that has bigger capacity and more features than an existing iPod that's already a few hundred bucks. how generous of you!

Maybe (3, Informative)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469174)

This rumor seems plausible, but go to macrumors and there's always some rumor or another. Thinksecret may have the best record in getting it right, but their word isn't gold. Having said that:

I'm not that excited about a photo iPod. I worry about battery life, because my 3rd gen gets only about 6 hours. The 4th gen is better, supposedly double, but it seems to me a color screen will severely drain battery life.

Now that my powerbook has a DVD burner, I find it pretty easy to burn a picture DVD in DVD Studio Pro (not free), but it plays pretty much everywhere and the media is now dirt cheap in bulk. And it has music, menus, etc. The iPod just seems like a gimmick in this arena. But maybe Stebe will surprise me!

PS Hey Stebe give me the wifi iPod rather than the photo iPod!

$500-$1 for what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469178)

Or is everybody in Starbucks dimension where a cup of coffee + maple syrup costs $5.

Not new... (0, Troll)

boristdog (133725) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469185)

Uh, others have been doing this for years, with bigger screens.

One example [newegg.com]

Animated GIF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469187)

With the option of viewing images, maybe it allow's you to view animated GIF's? If so, it certainly is fesable to convert a whole movie into one big animated GIF to watch on it, especially with 60GB of storage!

Hold up for a moment... (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469188)

Wait a moment... This thing has "sport photo viewing capabilities"? So I can only look at sport photos? I dunno... I prefer to see my sports through a video feed of some sort more than I like still photos. :)

Re:Hold up for a moment... (1)

fafaforza (248976) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469318)

Maybe they meant that not only can you listen to your iPod while jogging, you can look at those photo albums you always wanted to look at while jogging or walking. Watch out for that treem though.

Re:Hold up for a moment... (1)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469376)

Hint : swimsuit special editions

Bloat (2, Interesting)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469196)

I wish companies would stop shoving all those features into the new devices.

I'm sure a bunch of people would find high resolution color displays useful, but i wish someone would concentrate on making a device that simply plays music, is small and has long battery life.

Re:Bloat (1)

jspectre (102549) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469353)

well. considering apple is taking the hard drive from toshiba and the battery from someone else there isn't much else they can do. apple can only reduce the consumption of battery life of their parts, toshiba has to do their own (and i doubt it's as high a priority as increasing capacity) and as for battery manufacturers, people have been complaining for years that there are no real innovations in increased life in standard chemical batteries. come to think of it, i haven't heard much hype over fuel cells either lately..

Only 6:55 AM in california, (3, Informative)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469201)

How long until Apple forces this article off the net?

EXCLUSIVE: 60GB iPod to pack photo-viewing features

By Ryan Katz, Senior Editor
October 8, 2004 - After three years of being synonymous with "digital music player," Apple's iPod will widen its horizons and gain photo-viewing capabilities within the next 30 to 60 days, highly reliable sources tell Think Secret.

The new iPod, which will sit at the top of Apple's fourth-generation line-up, will pack Toshiba's new 60GB 1.8-inch hard drive, a 2-inch color liquid crystal display, iPhoto synchronization, audio/video-out capabilities, and will sell for $499.

The new iPod is currently in production in Asia after delays from Toshiba in delivering its new 60GB drive hampered a planned early-September ramp up. Sources confirm Toshiba started shipping the drive to Apple in mid-September and iPod manufacturer Inventec began building the new device in the last two weeks.

The new iPod's form factor will be identical to the existing 4G iPods, sources report, but will be two millimeters thicker than the current 40GB iPod and marginally heavier.

The 2-inch color screen is identical in size to other iPods, but will sport a higher resolution for photo viewing. However, the new device's real shining feature will be its video-out port, which will enable users to tote their photo galleries with them, ready to be plugged into any television for big-screen viewing.

The 60GB iPod will feature only rudimentary built-in software for viewing photos, with no editing tools, sources say. Photo albums will be navigated in a similar fashion to music playlists, and a slideshow feature will provide transitions with user-specified background music, similar to iPhoto. Synchronizing features similar to iTunes will also be added to iPhoto.

The new iPod won't feature built-in flash memory stick slots for downloading photos from digital cameras, although such a feature will presumably be able to be employed through Belkin's $99 Media Reader.

Sources indicate that Apple will market the new photo iPod as being capable of storing 20,000 music tracks and 25,000 photos. As an added bonus for music fans, album artwork will be displayed on screen when it's available for a selected track.

Rumors of a 60GB iPod first surfaced in June, when Toshiba said that it was in the process of developing a 60GB drive and, much to the ire of Apple, confirmed that the iPod maker had already committed to buying it in quantity.

Re:Only 6:55 AM in california, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469345)

All Apple would have to do to take this off the web would be to report it to /. and it would get DOS'ed off the web. Oh wait...

Ho Hum. . . (1)

twbecker (315312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469203)

Photos, eh? No thanks. I'm all in favor of throwing some additional functionality into the iPod, but I'm not sure photos should be it, any more than I'm sure that a camera goes with a cell-phone. I for one would rather them port iCal to Windows and add some more advanced PDA functionality to the iPod. People who already want an iPod might finally drop the cash if it was also a decent PDA and could replace their old Palm or what have you. That's something people need. Does anyone really need a a portable digital photo album? If simple transportation is your goal, the iPod already does that. . .

Re:Ho Hum. . . (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469269)

Does anyone really need a a portable digital photo album?

I'm guessin' you don't have children (or, especially, grandchildren).

Re:Ho Hum. . . (1)

twbecker (315312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469311)

"I'm guessin' you don't have children (or, especially, grandchildren)."

That's true. But I never said no one would want the feature. I just don't think it's going to be the must-have feature that pushes people that are on the fence into picking up an iPod, especially when you need to pay $200 more to get it (20GB vs this one).

Re:Ho Hum. . . (1)

jspectre (102549) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469367)

ok. so look at it this way then. it's a 60g ipod. bigger than the current 40g ipods.

no one says you HAVE to use the photo capabilites and if you hate color screens only store black and white photos on it and pretend. ;-)

Great for digital cameras (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469204)

As digital cameras keep producing larger and larger file sizes, it's getting to be quite worthwhile to have someplace to dump the contents of your flash cards.
If this new i-pod has a CF reader built in, I wouldn't need to carry half a dozen 512MB flash cards, I could just fill one card, dump it into the i-pod and keep on shooting.
Devices like this do exist already, but none of them are really easy to use and carry.

Re:Great for digital cameras (1)

virex (562720) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469356)

iPod*

Not a chance (2, Interesting)

boredMDer (640516) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469220)

They've pretty much just released the 4th gen; no way they're coming out with a 5G so soon.

Simple as that.

Re:Not a chance (5, Informative)

twbecker (315312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469280)

They're not going to market it as a 5G, but rather the top of the line 4G. From TFA:

"The new iPod, which will sit at the top of Apple's fourth-generation line-up, will pack Toshiba's new 60GB 1.8-inch hard drive, a 2-inch color liquid crystal display, iPhoto synchronization, audio/video-out capabilities, and will sell for $499."

Re:Not a chance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469305)

This was supposed to be released with the rest of the 4G iPods but Toshiba couldn't deliver the 60 gig drives in time. This is not the 5G iPod, it's the high end 4G. This will also differentiate between the Apple iPod and the HP iPod for the Christmas season.

Meh (1, Interesting)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469230)

I'm quite happy with my much cheaper, able-to-play DivX and Xvid movies, Linux-running, JUST AS SMALL AND WITH EQUAL BATTERY LIFE Archos gmini400.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469336)

That's really good for you, BUT SOME PEOPLE LIKE THE Apple ipod.

Digital Rights Management? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469235)

Isn't this whole iPod thing a play to make DRM cool?

Although Apple makes quite resonable computers, I just don't buy into this DRM nonsense.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Mod me a troll. Fine. I'm still not buying
a DRM machine either for my desktop or my pocket.

Re:Digital Rights Management? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469310)

Yeah, I hate how their portable digital music player only plays DRM music.

Oh, wait, that is not Apple, that is Sony.

Well, I still hate how their media player software really only wants to rip in a DRM/proprietary format.

Oh, wait, that is not Apple, that is Microsoft.

What is Apple doing again?

Your argument is analogous to not buying a certain car because it comes with a tow-hook standard, and saying "I don't buy into this towing nonsense. I am not buying anything with a tow-hook." The damn car still works fine if you completely ignore the presence of the tow-hook!

News flash: You do not have to use DRM at all on the iPod.

going....going....gone (2, Insightful)

to_kallon (778547) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469239)

the way of the cell phone? assuming this rumor to be true, are we seeing yet another device have "features" added on to a product who did its job well and is now going to be ruined by unnecessary additions?

Visualation (3, Interesting)

moberry (756963) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469240)

What i would like to see is a winamp style visualation feature. Just use a QVGA 16-bit color screen.

I know, you dont NEED it, but it would be better than picture support.

Re:Visualation (1)

fafaforza (248976) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469327)

iTunes has the best visualisation I've ever seen, so if anything, Apple are experts at visualisation and don't need to stinkin points on it from AOL.

Add-ons could be great (5, Interesting)

MacEnvy (549188) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469247)

Not only would this be a great image dump for memory cards (with a firewire adapter), but think of the possibilities with another add-on:

A digital camera adapter

I could see a 4 MP camera that would attach right to the bottom of the iPod. Now that would be cool, an iPod with photo-taking capabilities. There might just be a good market for that. Plus, 60 GB of photos in your camera would be sweet ...

photos? (1)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469255)

why photos? next is will have a phone... then a camera..

why not just let it be for music and leave it be? clearly, i'm no Apple R&D specialist.

Other file support? (1)

skyshock21 (764958) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469258)

Is it only going to support a few select file types, or will it actually support a wider variety of files? .ogg? .flac? .divx?

LCD Display? (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469259)

"Think Secret is reporting that the new iPod will also have a 2-inch high-resolution LCD display"

Not if they don't license it....

Hopefully another new feature (0, Flamebait)

martensitic (747168) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469282)

will be a price reduction on the now-deprecated music-only iPod. Imagine that, a mono-functional portable device! Not to mention, now that the annoying white-headphone yuppie assholes on the subway will have a new top-of-the-line useless gadget to run out and by, I might actually feel comfortably inconspicuous owning an original iPod.

iPhoto not that good (0)

DamienMcKenna (181101) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469283)

It has a simple interface but a lot of what it does isn't that good - duplicate photos everywhere, lack of support for media types, etc. Better off using something like Directory Opus [dopus.com] with its recent media handling improvements, amongst other things.

Damien

Ogg... (0, Troll)

Silvertre (472395) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469292)

I'de actually buy an iPod if it supports ogg vorbis files. I'm too lazy to convert my music collection to m4a or mp3. Does anyone know if its possible to some way mod an iPod to play ogg?

Video Out (1)

Mr. Cancelled (572486) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469301)

Does this mean that I can store videos (avi, qm, mpg), and have it played on my TV also?

Now that would make me buy it if I could not only have my music and images, but also a few movies that I can play via my hotel rooms TV when I'm on the road!

A ton of music? (2, Funny)

Chuffpole (765597) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469317)

(Not a football field of music?)

How will I lift it, with a ton of music in it?

Cost? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469323)

The best part is it'll be just 2mm thicker than regular iPods.

Yeah, but how much thinner will your wallet be?

Perfect companion for digital camera/recorder (1)

Bronz (429622) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469329)

I can imagine being able to dump data from your camera to your ipod via firewire on the fly. While compact flash and SD cards are coming down in price, it would still be a whole lot cheaper to have a 60GB storage device ($400?) that would double as a viewer -- saving your camera battery.

Album art (4, Interesting)

dimer0 (461593) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469338)

Oh, it would be wicked cool if the iPod would display the album art of any songs it's playing - with the song name superimposed over the top. Ahh

Imagine what this capability would do for the interface in general...

Yum. I'd buy.

Gee...innovative (2, Interesting)

HMV (44906) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469355)

My antiquated 20 GB Archos Jukebox Multimedia has been playing MP3s and showing photos and videos for a few years (not to mention taking photos and videos through a low-quality camera attachment).

The iPod succeeded because of its tight integration and sync via iTunes and its superior UI. Syncing my Archos is a pain, but it is well ahead in the feature set.

I'll go Think Secret one better, and (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10469368)

Just so you don't think you heard it from Cringley first:

I predict that, within three years, and using its patent for color-changing plastics, Apple is going to give you an iTV.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to say:

Screw you Gates. Microsoft doesn't innovate shit.

video-out? not for photos! (2, Interesting)

1gor (314505) | more than 9 years ago | (#10469373)

With this new iPod Apple could target movie downloaders. The most common format for a movie is mpeg4-encoded file. A 700MB file containing 1.5 hour movie looks not much worse than DVD on TV screen; and if you spread it over 2 CDs it's almost DVD quality. You can fit almost 100 movies on 60GB hard drive.

Now, many of newer DVD players today can play mpeg4 movies encoded with popular codecs such as DivX and Xvid.

So, iPod will have video-out? Great news. It should alsom inclode those codecs and a player (QuickTime?) to become a portable video device!

You could download collection of movies from you PC on 60GB drive and go visit friends or maybe go on holiday... And play movies anywhere where there is a TV. Apple could grab a hude chunk of market from DVD players...

And then, if you get one of those ridiculous video goggles [i-glassesstore.com] on... Who needs a TV or a cinema?
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