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iPod Video Coming to a Car Near You

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the seeing-is-believing dept.

Portables (Apple) 823

_am99_ writes "In the "one more thing" media event today, an iPod that can play Video was announced. The initial content seems to be music videos that can be purchased from the iTunes Music Store." In related news aquachannel writes "Apple has just updated their iPodYourCar page to include a slew of new car companies. This means that there'll be a lot of cars that you can buy off the showroom floor and use your iPod with your car - right off the floor and out of the box."

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Finally... (5, Interesting)

rovingeyes (575063) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775226)

This would be a big hit if they can stick to that price of $1.99 per video and have variety in the content provided. Already they have a winner with music videos and Pixar offerring six short films. MTV has turned in to a channel that has nothing to do with music. Also I don't have to put up with all the crappy vidoes with MTV stupid logos and artwork, assuming Apple is going to just give me a clean video. Along with that it'd be nice if they can provide other content like stand-up routines or I'd love if Jon Stewart could force comedy central to provide it's videos for video ipod.

Re:Finally... (3, Insightful)

Golias (176380) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775258)

Music videos are commercials for albums. Yawn.

Being able to download TV shows is a much bigger deal, especially shows which I otherwise would not have free access to, such as the new Doctor Who episodes from the BBC.

Re:Finally... (2, Interesting)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775388)

Music videos are commercials for albums

These days thats all there is, since MTV doesn't have time for much else, but if you look back... I'd pay $2 for New Order's True Faith video (possibly the most bizarre one I've ever seen outside of Asia, and if you've got stranger I'll take recommendations) or for Alien Ant Farm's version of Smooth Criminal.

Re:Finally... (5, Insightful)

mysqlrocks (783488) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775281)

Pixar is also making six short films available through the iTunes Music Store for the same $1.99 USD price.

Yep, the $1.99 price point seems pretty nice. I think this is the beginning of the end for DVDs and services around DVDs (Blockbuster, NetFlix, etc). Putting Pixar content up there is a way to show the movie industry, "Hey, look what we can do here. Extremely low distribution costs, instant access for customers." Does anybody know if this video content is HD? If so, then the format wars for HD DVD will become meaningless pretty soon.

Re:Finally... (1)

squidsoup (145936) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775346)

If so, then the format wars for HD DVD will become meaningless pretty soon.

Unless it's Apple's intention that you don't watch the content on your video iPod, this seems very highly unlikely. Also consider that the vast majority of people in the world simply do not have the bandwidth to download HD videos. This is undoubtedly the future of content distribution, but it is the distant future - only Japan and Korea really have the telecommunications infrastructure to support this.

Re:Finally... (4, Interesting)

calibanDNS (32250) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775391)

Does anybody know if this video content is HD?
According to Steve the video availabe through iTMS is all 320 x 240, which is the native resolution of the new iPod. Far from Hi-Def, but probably just right for the screen size that it's intended for.

I doubt this will have much if any impact on the HD DVD format wars since most people won't see this as a device for watching video on their TV. Apple is marketing it is as a portable video device, and if it works then that's what it will work as. I expect in the next year or so that we'll see them introduce a product similar to AirTunes Express, but with video capabilities. That's what would really get me excited.

Re:Finally... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775408)


Hardly. They're for the iPod.

QVGA -- Quarter-VGA

An image size of 320 x 240 pixels. This can refer to the size/resolution of a display, an image (file), or a camera.

QVGA is a common size for high-resolution phone displays, and also for video captured by some high-end phones.

Buffalo bagels. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775410)

The video they're offering is 320x240 to match the resolution of the Video iPods. A typical TV show takes 10-20 minutes to download from the iTunes Music & Video Store.

I don't see too many people lining up to download episodes of "That's So Raven" at $1.99 a pop, but mayve that's just me.

Re:Finally... (1)

sh00z (206503) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775424)

Does anybody know if this video content is HD?
I can't believe that Apple's servers are bogged down due to the response, but it looks like they're using the HD codec (H.264) at half-VGA (320x240) resolution.

Re:Finally... (5, Insightful)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775348)

Uh, is anyone kind of wondering why Slashdot didn't also mention iTunes 6 (five weeks after iTunes 5), Apple releasing a living room media center app called FrontRow with an iPod-like remote (which has 6 buttons compared to Microsoft Media Center's 40 buttons), a new iMac with built-in iSight cam, television shows for sale from ABC, etc.?

Instead, it's kind of like..."Yeah, it looks like they released video-based iPods and some other stuff. Hey, here's stuff about cars. Ho-hum."

P.S. Avalon versus Quartz (2, Insightful)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775393)

Don't forget the best reason to use iTunes 6--they softened the sharp window corners. :)

Seriously though, they smoothed out the sharp corners of the whole interface. It was actually bugging me in version 5, as trivial as that is. I didn't like the really sharp corners at all, and I know a lot of people were complaining about that. When you're using an app all the time like iTunes, it helps to have it look and feel nice.

More at CBS news (3, Informative)

Lord Byron II (671689) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775228)

Re:More at CBS news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775309)

That's good that you posted with your user name.

That makes you a whore - not a slut.

Good for You!!

And around the ghettos everywhere (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775229)

Ricers rejoiced.

Erm...TV Shows? (2, Insightful)

lxt (724570) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775231)

I think the *biggest thing* is the fact you can now download TV shows, like Lost, for $1.99 an episode. I think that's pretty earth shattering...a 3 minute pop video, or a 45 minute TV show for the same price?

Re:Erm...TV Shows? (5, Insightful)

zookie (136959) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775266)


Even more than the price comparison, the big deal here is that Apple has gotten a big content provider to agree to a different distribution method than broadcast TV. Up until now, you were lucky to get the content providers to agree to video-on-demand for cable subscribers (only HBO and a few other cable outlets signed up). If ABC is going to offer shows for sale via Internet download, this could be a watershed event.

Re:Erm...TV Shows? (1)

sgant (178166) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775296)

We can only hope.

I totally welcome this. Now, are these shows like Lost going to be available at the same time they're playing Live? Or will we have to wait a few days afterwards? Also, what will the resolution be?

HD rez would be the best of course and they would have SO many people buying these things...but I doubt they'll do that. At least have it at 640x480 resolution.

Any word yet on what the actual rez will be on these things? Did they announce that?

Re:Erm...TV Shows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775344)

Native resolution of 320x240.

Re:Erm...TV Shows? (1)

sgant (178166) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775373)

Found my answers:

Yes, you can buy current episodes, and you can buy them the day after they are broadcast. They're ad free so you don't need to fast forward through the commercials, 320 x 240 again. An hour show is about the size of five albums. Depending on your speed it's about 10-20 minute to download an episode. What are they going to cost? $1.99 an episode for current season and past seasons. We have free previews on every episode.

OK, not to complain or anything...I mean, this is certainly a step in the right direction. But 320x240? For 2 bucks?

Well, I don't want to seem ungrateful...

Re:Erm...TV Shows? (1)

LehiNephi (695428) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775372)

Will they be offering these downloads without commercials? If you're paying $2 per show, I would be pretty ticked about 1/3 of my battery life being sucked up by leeching, annoying, stupid commercials.

And Pixar shorts (1)

mcc (14761) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775305)

The apple website is only loading itermittently, but I'm pretty sure I saw on there that they have "for the birds".

Something I'm seriously wondering about is, will we start to see tv companies doing video podcasts? Like, the daily show. They already put segments from their show up on their website as video. At this point it wouldn't be so surprising to see them start putting these into some kind of iPod-friendly format, or almost even just putting up entire episodes and financing this by leaving the commercials in.

Re:Erm...TV Shows? (1)

foobsr (693224) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775336)

I think that's pretty earth shattering...a 3 minute pop video, or a 45 minute TV show for the same price?

No, it is not. Just an example of estimated price margins.

CC.

Re:Erm...TV Shows? (1)

nunchux (869574) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775385)

I think the *biggest thing* is the fact you can now download TV shows, like Lost, for $1.99 an episode. I think that's pretty earth shattering...a 3 minute pop video, or a 45 minute TV show for the same price?

You can't measure that way. If you like the 3-minute song, you could potentially play it thousands of times. But you probably won't watch that episode of "Lost" more than once, maybe a few more times if you're a fanboy.

I also would not get so attached to the price for TV downloads. The waters are being tested to see what the market will bear. If downloading proves to be a popular means of getting TV content, that's going to compete with broadcast TV... And the backbone of TV is advertising. They're going to have to come up with new methods of embedding ads, or charge more per download.

Re:Erm...TV Shows? (1)

CptTripps (196901) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775404)

That was my favorite part. I could give 2 shits about a music video, but to be able to see a TV show...THAT is huge!

One step closer to getting rid of y tv.

Wonder if I can.. (1)

MetaPhyzx (212830) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775232)

Get my Jetta retrofit... then again. The present ipod connection method is working in the car. No need for a new gadget/harness..

From Engadget (5, Informative)

dancpsu (822623) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775236)

Act I: The iMac G5. We sold over a million of them in its first year. What better place to put the computer than right behind the display? Today we're introducing and all new iMac. [It looks extremely similar] Three great new features.

(1) It's even thinner. The 20-inch is now thinner than the 17 used to be.

(2) iSight videocam. The new mac has an iSight built in. The camera has even better specs. Right out of the box videoconferencing without any extra stuff. We wrote a new app called PhotoBooth. [Demo: It has a built in flash - the entire display flashes. There are special effects including "Warhol" and effects that morph your face goofily.]

(3) Front Row. It s a new way to experience the media on your computer. It's an incredible way to enjoy your music, your videos, and your photos ... from your sofa. We've done a remote control, Apple style. It's got six buttons. [Demo: He presses remote and a menu for Music / Photo / DVD / Video zooms in. There's a giant iPod-style interface for music. "I can enjoy my music from across the room and see the artwork."

Photos navigates through everything in iPhoto with slide show effects for albums.

"Now, a lot of people watch DVDs in their iMac, and it would be nice to control them from across the room. Now you can." [Loads DVD of The Incredibles with menu that blurs out the typically unusable menu on the DVD with an iPod-style menu. Movie posters and trailers in HD format streamed from apple.com] This remote control, I just wanted to point something that to me captures what Apple is all about. [Shot of huge button-congested remotes next to the tiny 6-button Apple remote]

Specs: Bluetooth, Superdrive, Mighty Mouse standard. 17-inch $1299. 20-inch $1699. Available today.

Act II: The iPod. We announced yesterday that we had shipped almost 30 million iPods. Our market share, 75% of all MP3 players shipping. Five weeks ago we introduced the iPod nano. And you know what? We shipped over a million iPod nanos in the first 17 days, and we could not meet demand. But what about the white iPod? It's been a huge success for us. And therefore, we're going to replace it. The new white iPod. And yes, it does video.

Specs: Same width and height as current model, but thinner. QVGA (324 x 240) pixel 260,000 color 2.5-inch display. h.264 and MPEG-4 at 30 fps. TV out. 30GB and 60GB models. Same width and height. 30GB is 31% thinner than the curent 20GB model [Making it 0.44-inches thick--say wha?]. 60G is 12% thinner than 20GB. 30G up to 75 hours of video, $299. 60G up to 150 hours video, $399. Shipping in one week.

And, by popular demand, we make it in black. They also come with a nice carrying case, to keep 'em all perfect. [Thin plastic sleeve--aw shucks]

[AD: U2 performing live. Oh wait ... it's on an iPod! New silhouette ad with Eminem -- it's not silhouette but a limited color palette. Steve likes the ads so much he runs each one twice. ]

The new iPod will be 30% thinner than the current 20GB iPod (making it 0.44-inches thick--say wha?), and will feature a 60GB version (which should be thinner than the current 0.63-inch thick 20GB iPod), and editions of both in black.

What's the device named, you ask? The iPod. That's it, just The iPod. Well spare you the Prince jokes. The iPod will have TV out.

Stevie has iTunes 6.0 up there--only about a month after introducing iTunes 5.0.

iTunes 6.0 will also feature video and the iTunes Music Store will feature Fairplay DRMed video downloads (big surprise, right?).

At launch over 2,000 music videos will be made available at a cost of $1.99 apiece. You can download iTunes 6.0 starting today.

Oh, and one more thing...

It's not only music videos you can buy. No, Apple's set up to allow you to purchase TV shows for $1.99 apiece. Get Desperate Housewives or four other ABC shows premiering on iTunes at two bucks an ep. Videos are native QVGA resolution.

More details to come...

Re:From Engadget (5, Insightful)

dancpsu (822623) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775288)

Act III: iTunes. You know, we have distributed over 200 million copes of iTunes now in the world, and those are only the copies we know about. iTunes in the US has an 84 percent market share for all legally downloaded music. We released iTunes 5 just five weeks ago, but a lot has changed. And so today we're introducing iTunes 6. We've been busy!

      1. (1) Gifting. This has been the most requested feature. You can gift (i.e. buy) iTunes songs for someone else by song, album, or playlist.
      2. Customer reviews.
      3. Just for You. Personalized recommendations. We're going to be recommending albums and singles based on what you've bought before. It's going to be a beta, we'd like your feedback on it.
      4. Video. If we're going to be able to play video on the iPod we're going to need away to buy video. Starting today we have 2,000 music videos for sale.[Shows Madonna catalogue]

What do they cost? $1.99 each. But we didn't stop there; we're adding some other videos you can buy. Pixar is putting up six of their award-winning short videos. $1.99 each. We are downloading videos 320 x 240, which is the native resolution of the iPod. They're about the size of six songs. All songs are governed by FairPlay. You can play them on up to five computers. They're not rentals. You own them -- they never time out. [Demo of gifting, customer reviews, Just for You, and videos including "Vogue," a U2 live exclusive. Demo of watching U2 video using Front Row on an iMac, playing photos and videos from an iPod on a big screen]

One more thing...

We have one more thing today, a pretty big thing. We're announcing one more thing that you can buy off the iTunes store today, and that is TV shows. What's the number one show on TV? What's the second? Lost. And who has these shows? ABC. And who owns ABC? [Disney logo on screen.] I know those guys!

Lost, Desperate Housewives, Night Stalker, That's So Raven, The Suite Life.

Yes, you can buy current episodes, and you can buy them the day after they are broadcast. They're ad free so you don't need to fast forward through the commercials, 320 x 240 again. An hour show is about the size of five albums. Depending on your speed it's about 10-20 minute to download an episode. What are they going to cost? $1.99 an episode for current season and past seasons. We have free previews on every episode.

Thanks everyone!

Re:From Engadget (1)

Golias (176380) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775409)

Huh. So.... no G5 tower update. No rumored dual-core G5 systems again. Still no sign of the 3.0 GHz towers which were supposed to arrive way back in 2004. Harrumph.

No wonder they are dumping IBM for Intel.

iMac G5 has semi-sane prices (3, Insightful)

green pizza (159161) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775326)

I think the coolest part are the somewhat reasonable prices on the new iMacs.

For $1299 you get 17" LCD, built in good quality webcam, 1.9 GHz G5, 512 MB, 160 GB, dual layer slot load DVD writer, Radeon X600 Pro, 802.11g, bluetooth, a wired funky MightyMouse, a remote control, and a bunch of preinstalled software.

Man, was I wrong. (3, Funny)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775237)

And here I thought they were finally releasing the successor to the Apple IIGS.

Or they fixed up the Apple /// even better this time. Or they bristled at the term "Apple ][ Minus" and went back to Integer BASIC without Autostart. Or they followed up on that Pippin console.

Quiet you, it could still happen.

Re:Man, was I wrong. (1)

iocat (572367) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775375)

The GS was basically the successor to the Apple III. The GS OS was basically the same thing as the "SOS" (Sophisticated Operating System) which powered the Apple III.

One more thing... (4, Funny)

all your mwbassguy a (720029) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775238)

no bluetooth. doesnt support ogg vorbis. lame.

Re:One more thing... (1)

centinall (868713) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775325)

forget bluetooth and ogg, what about Real audio and video?

Re:One more thing... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775360)

Why is everyone here so obsessed with OGG. It's only Linux people that care about it just because they're open format zealots. Everyone else uses MP3, and apple isn't going to implement something that 1% of the population will use.

Video iPod pornography. (4, Funny)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775244)

Has anyone begun selling Video iPod pornography yet?

With such a small screen... (1)

Karma_fucker_sucker (898393) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775340)

wouldn't you just see the "parts" going at it?

Then again, I'm sure there's plenty of people who'd really love that. Actually, well, ummm,....Great Idea!!!!

Re:With such a small screen... (-1, Flamebait)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775367)

I wouldn't mind seeing a woman's pussy or asshole getting fucked by a 16" black cock while I'm riding the tube.

C'mon... say it... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775361)

Say it with me now...

iPorn.

Re:Video iPod pornography. (3, Funny)

Zach978 (98911) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775394)

I can finally get interested in Podcasting...

Re:Video iPod pornography. (4, Funny)

tbone1 (309237) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775430)

Has anyone begun selling Video iPod pornography yet?

Does "Desperate Housewives" count?

Sincerely,
Terrell Owens

cool news (4, Funny)

Ankou (261125) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775247)

According to Stuff magazine: [stuffmag.co.uk]

"You'll be able to buy TV shows from the iTunes Music Store - Desperate Housewives, Lost and more shows from ABC and Disney." I guess that means Terry Hatcher will be getting into MY pants!

Re:cool news (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775332)

I guess that means Terry Hatcher will be getting into MY pants!

Terry Hatcher? Sounds like some NFL linebacker. Well, you can bend over while he gets into your pants if you want, but I, for one, am holding out for the gorgeous Teri Hatcher!!

Ipod capable cars... (1)

Prophet of Nixon (842081) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775248)

Does anyone know if these "ipod ready" cars just have standard line inputs (it would be about time) or if they're some sort of bastard proprietary jack?

Re:Ipod capable cars... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775362)

It depends, but from what I've seen if it's advertized as iPod ready it will be a connection to the dock jack not the headphone out. They do this so you can "control your iPod from your Stereo."

Re:Ipod capable cars... (2, Informative)

NekSnappa (803141) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775387)

These units have a dock connector in the glove box, and allow you to control the iPod using the stereo controls on the steering wheel.

Re:Ipod capable cars... (2, Informative)

Jozer99 (693146) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775414)

Not sure, but I think most of them actually have a dock connecter and some limited software integration that allows you to pause, skip, ect with the stereo controls. Some even display song title and playlists, ect, while others treat the ipod as a CD changer.

Video Quality (2, Informative)

Chubby_C (874060) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775249)

I'm wondering if the resoution of the videos/shows they will be selling will be sufficient enough to watch not only on the V-Ipod but also on your computer, or on a TV (not only with the TV out)? What about burning to DVD?

Re:Video Quality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775323)

Its propriatary iPod dock connector.

320x240 = crap (1)

Wesley Felter (138342) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775339)

The video quality is crap. The darknet provides much higher quality versions of TV shows.

No Divx support? (5, Interesting)

tommers (893816) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775251)

Even though Apple seems to be doing great with DRMed AAC files on iPods, iPods would have totally failed if they didn't support mp3s to begin with. I wonder if the video iPod will be able to gain traction without supporting the large collections of TV episodes, music videos, and movies that users already have in their collection in Divx format.

No Divx...No Problem (4, Interesting)

BancBoy (578080) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775352)

My PSP doesn't play Divx (or XVID, or WMV, etc.) But that doesn't stop me from watching a lot of my weekly video content on it. With an app like PSPWare to do the conversion from a myriad of formats to the quality setting of my choice, I don't have a problem. As the iPod with Video plays H.264 and MPEG4, I would imagine a similiar application will work just fine to do the conversion and loading for you.

Re:No Divx support? (3, Insightful)

fracai (796392) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775356)

The difference here is that there was an existing market of home ripping MP3 users. There isn't anything like that for home TV ripping (well, fine maybe a small one). The majority of DivX TV files are illegally procured. Well, they're at best not gained through authorized means and that's hazy enough to be illegall under current conditions.

I expected Apple to come out with ripping software at this event. Something that would rip DVDs to iPod compatible files. I still do expect that actually. I suspect the biggest hurdle is that they have to get the MPAA on board because the DVDs are encrypted and Apple won't want to create DRMed files from your physically owned DVDs.

I wonder if it at least plays non-FairPlay h.264 files... Off to the iPod site to check.

Re:No Divx support? (5, Informative)

fracai (796392) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775434)

H.264 video: up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240, 30 frames per sec., Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats
MPEG-4 video: up to 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480, 30 frames per sec., Simple Profile with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats


looks like all you need to do is re-encode your DivX as h.264. shouldn't be a problem if you were able to encode the DVD or TV stream to DivX in the first place ... :)

Video iPod -- Who Knew? (4, Funny)

JonTurner (178845) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775253)

Talk about unexpected... that Apple sure can keep a secret!

Re:Video iPod -- Who Knew? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775369)

The problem becomes which rumors do you believe?
How many of us laughed at the idea that they kept up-to-date builds of OSX86 since the first release?

Not just videos (4, Interesting)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775256)

TV shows (like Lost) one day after they air, and you know damn well what's next... movies.

A video airtunes device didn't materialize, but a dock with video out and remote control did.

The Mini Cooper already has this. (1, Informative)

Black Art (3335) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775257)

A friend of mine has a mini cooper with the ipod option. Pretty cool. The ipod just plugs into the glove compartment. The controls are accessable from the stereo. Better than listening to American radio.

Now if I could just get BBC 6radio in a car stereo.

Re:The Mini Cooper already has this. (1)

squidsoup (145936) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775283)

Veering swiftly offtopic here, but I should mention that we get National Public Radio shows here in New Zealand occasionally (broadcast on our national radio), and I've always found them excellent.

iPod in a car -- asking for failures. (1)

JonTurner (178845) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775353)

How does the iPod hold up with sub-freezing -> 130+ degree F temperatures? I live in a state that routinely sees 110 degree days in the summer (130 is not surprising inside a closed automobile) and single-digit days in the winter. According to Apple, the iPod Operating temperature: 32 to 95 F (0 to 35 C); Non operating temperature: -4 to 113 F (-20 to 45 C)

Considering the iPod keeps a record of maximum and minimum temperatures, if you exceed either of these and experience a HDD or battery failure I'm wondering whether you'll eat the costs of replacement.

IOW, remove the iPod each time you leave the vehicle and take it with, or you risk serious damage.

Now, if I could get an iPod that communicates with the car via bluetooth that'd be ideal -- I wouldn't have to remember to plug the thing in every time I wanted to use it/remove it every time I leave the vehicle; Just keep it in my briefcase or jacket pocket and everything works.

Re:The Mini Cooper already has this. (2, Interesting)

British (51765) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775406)

There's a few options for the IPod in the MINI Cooper.

1.(cheapass). for $30, you can get a basic AUX port that works with any mp3 player
2. (not so cheapass) if you have the multi-function-steering-wheel(500 bucks) and the true "ipod adapter"(150 bucks), you can switch volume & tracks with the steering wheel buttons.

I just wish they would come out with an FM transmitter(or through the audio port if possible) that displays the currently playing track on the MINI's radio. It(along with other BMWs) tells you the track(RDS?) if the radio station supports it. Most around the twin cities do.

Dupe? (-1, Troll)

F1Driver (912890) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775261)

This has to be a dupe! I am sure that I read this on /. earlier

Non-iTunes purchased video... (1)

Powertrip (702807) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775262)

I wonder if you will be able to use Nero (with its H264/Mpeg4 codec) to code your own video and transfer it to the new iPod? Think Steevie limited playback support to DRM'd and items purchased vis iTunes music store? I would love to transfer my own videos for playback and have little interest in music videos.

Of course you can (4, Insightful)

Wesley Felter (138342) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775310)

Don't forget iMovie; Apple is big on people creating their own video.

Looks like Handbrake [m0k.org] just got a lot more popular.

Re:Non-iTunes purchased video... (3, Insightful)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775396)

Uh, on the apple main page it shows how you can put your home movies on the new iPod... Also, the iPod supported mp3 and non-drm AAC since day 1, why wouldn't they support the same with the video iPod....

Poop (1)

Dark Paladin (116525) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775264)

And my new 60 GB iPod is 17 days bought - with a return policy of 14 days. Maybe I should call them anyway and see if I can get lucky on a return....

Re:Poop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775425)

The special media event has been known about for longer than 17 days... what were you thinking?
Your iPod will still do everything it was going to do when you decided to purchase it 2 1/2 weeks ago - what's the big deal?

TV Shows, too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13775269)

An important distinction: the video support is part of iTunes as well. I can only imagine that iTunes will also play videos, so those of us without new VideoiPods can also take advantage of the new service.

ABC and Disney have been announced as partners and are offering TV shows for the new iTunes, which means we'll finally have a legitimate source for paying for, and downloading, time-shiftable episodes of "LOST".

Very cool.

--
M

Re:TV Shows, too (2, Informative)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775407)

itunes has played video (mov) since 4.x

I LOVE YOU APPLE (-1, Redundant)

DisasterDoctor (775095) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775270)

I don't know if it is possible to love a company, but if it is, I LOVE APPLE!

At last! (0, Troll)

Dr.Seuss (94326) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775273)

The ipod porno.

Safty Concerns (2, Interesting)

jamesgamble (917138) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775276)

You would think that there would be safty concerns with users able to watch videos on their IPod while driving. That would be a bigger distraction than a cell phone. I really don't think this is a smart move on Apple's part. What if two years down the line, some guy kills someone because he wasn't paying attention to the road, and sues Apple for distracting him. If someone can sue McDonalds for making them fat, then this could and probably will happen.

Re:Safty Concerns (1)

generic-man (33649) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775368)

Everyone who has tried to "sue McDonald's for making them fat" did so just for the "free" publicity. They've all been laughed out of court. You'd have better luck suing Apple for bundling iTunes with their iPod [cdfreaks.com] .

The Remote = Shuffle + Menu button = underwhelming (1)

patiwat (126496) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775279)

The Remote is a disappointment. It's basically a Shuffle with a menu button. Doesn't have the touch-sensitive wheel that makes navigating through long lists of songs such a pleasure. Of course, I haven't tried it with Front Row yet, but I'm not really looking forward to it due to the clunkiness of the design.

Re:The Remote = Shuffle + Menu button = underwhelm (1)

green pizza (159161) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775413)

The Remote is a disappointment. It's basically a Shuffle with a menu button. Doesn't have the touch-sensitive wheel that makes navigating through long lists of songs such a pleasure. Of course, I haven't tried it with Front Row yet, but I'm not really looking forward to it due to the clunkiness of the design.

First of all, to be clear, you are talking about the remote that comes bundled with the iMac, right?

You do realize that a whole bunch of people complain about the touch-sensitive iPod click wheel? I think it's sort of a 50/50 split, some people love the iPod interface, some people totally hate it.

divx/xvid (3, Funny)

Dster76 (877693) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775289)

Yes, but can I play xvid or divx encoded videos? You know, all the ones that I created from DVDs I own?

This is ridiculous (5, Insightful)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775290)

This is ridiculous. I'm sure I'm not the only one of the several thousands who must have submitted all the OTHER news [stuffmag.co.uk] :

-iTunes 6
-New iMac with built-in Firewire camera
-New app called FrontRow for playing media from your sofa, 6 button iPod-like remote -compared to Microsoft Media Center's 40 buttons
-New PhotoBooth app for taking pictures that actually uses iMac's screen as a flash
-Television shows and music videos for sale through iTunes at $1.99.

Etc....

Instead, we get "Yeah, they mentioned iPod video today, and here's a lame car link. Disregard all the other news, like Apple taking Microsoft on directly in the living room..."

When and Where can i BUY this ? EOM (1)

managedcode (863136) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775297)

EOM

60GB -- 3 hours of video: Huh? (1)

catmistake (814204) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775298)

I don't get it... why so little video capacity?

In my world, 60GB is about 15 hours of DVD quality video... and at 320X240, the 60GB iPod should hold twice that... and with H.264, it should twice THAT... so, why isn't it 60 hours of video?

Re:60GB -- 3 hours of video: Huh? (1)

carmaggedon (873905) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775426)

apple store says 150 hours, not three.

Re:60GB -- 3 hours of video: Huh? (2, Informative)

zalas (682627) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775432)

According to the Apple Store [apple.com] , the iPod 30GB will support "Over 75 hours of video." The 60GB will support "Over 150 hours of video."

Alpine unit (1)

jason.hall (640247) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775302)

I've used the Alpine connector since January, and like it. Just wish it didn't lock the iPod buttons - I can find a song using the ipod interface a lot faster than through the head unit. But the sound quality, and the ipod charging features are great.

Religious Content Out Already (1)

mydotnet (921591) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775304)

Brookside Baptist Church is announcing that they have adapted their sermons for the video iPod (http://www.brooksidebaptist.org/videoipod [brooksidebaptist.org] ).

Bugs on the site (1)

rgarcia (319304) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775306)

apple.com is screwed up. I have never had a website crash both Firefox AND IE. Is this happening to anyone else?
Have you clicked the "more features" link on the new iPod page or on the online store?
Ironically, it seems to be a Quicktime plugin problem.

No more eMacs (4, Informative)

linguae (763922) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775307)

I noticed on Apple's page that the eMac is gone. It is no longer on Apple's hardware website (except under "eMac for Education"), and it is no longer sold at the Apple store.

I guess the Mac Mini must have made the eMac a bit redundant, so sales of the eMac must have dropped tremendously.

There. You happy? (1)

MadChicken (36468) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775312)

I think Steve released a video-capable iPod to shut people the heck up.

For that, thank you Steve.

(P.S. Why not make all the new iPods the FrontRow remote?)

Amazing... (5, Interesting)

NewbieV (568310) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775321)

From the report in the New York Times [nytimes.com] :

Citing a groundbreaking deal with ABC, owned by The Walt Disney Co., a longtime partner of chief executive Steve Jobs' Pixar Animation Studios Inc., Apple's online iTunes store will sell episodes of hit shows "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" for $1.99 apiece, making them available the day after they air on television.
Yes, it's a tiny video screen, but you can attach the iPod to a monitor using S-Video plus audio cabling. How can an organization like the RIAA justify wanting more than 99 cents per song when you can purchase 44 minutes of audio and video for two dollars?

but what color is the new iTunes note? (0, Offtopic)

godawful (84526) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775335)

augh, _still_ green, how many version till we get a new color?

WOW... (1)

mastmallu (919034) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775343)

man thatz gud, i can't wait to get my handz on 1

Shortest CNN article ever (1)

ZachPruckowski (918562) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775376)

ahref=http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/ptech/10/12/app le.video.ipod.ap/index.htmlrel=url2html-3093 [slashdot.org] http:/ /www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/ptech/10/12/apple.video.ipo d.ap/index.html>
Yeah, it was exactly 2 sentences when I first read it. Not really informative, I just found it funny that we got more ads then story on that page.

Coming to a car near you, but dont watch & dri (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775380)

iPod video and driving may be hazardous to your health.

From the article:
Prices Rise
The player is helping to drive sales of Apple's more- profitable Mac personal computers. Mac shipments reached a five- year high of 1.24 million units, the fourth straight quarter shipments have topped 1 million machines, Apple said yesterday.
Interesting!

No FireWire? (1)

kerry-buckley (647774) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775384)

Looking at the new iPod's specs, it seems that only USB (2.0, unless you're really patient) is supported, meaning that no current-model iPods now have a FireWire interface.

Missing the BIG news (1)

almostmanda (774265) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775392)

Come on, guys. We all knew the iPod video was coming, and all of that junk. The BIG news here is TV episodes in the ITMS--finally, a legit (and not ungodly pricey) alternative to torrenting shows I miss. Granted, right now it is only five shows, but if this takes off (and I am guessing it will--people over 20 care about tv shows a lot more than music videos) then we can expect digital distribution of tv shows to become the norm.

I still cannot understand why the basic networks have yet to start doing this. Why NOT put tv shows online, perhaps with commercials added in? They broadcast them out to the world anyways, so anyone with a TV can recieve them, so why not anyone with an internet connection? DRM it if you need to, just make it easier for me to access. Live in the nows.

Powerbooks? PowerMacs? (1)

wandazulu (265281) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775397)

Can't wait to get my hands on the new iPod. New iMac looks sweet. Downloading iTunes 6 now.

That said...

Where are the powermacs and powerbooks I'd heard were going to be announced? If I'm going to be making content for the new iPod, what better than on a quad-processor G5? Or a dual procesor powerbook?

The TV thing (1)

Solr_Flare (844465) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775398)

Is going to be a real selling point and is a brilliant idea that will likely attract a lot more stations.

I mean think about it. Season X DVDs of TV shows are already imensely popular. At 2$ a show the TV companies are making about the same profit as they would off selling an entire DVD season, consumers get their shows right then and there, and apple makes a profit from the sales.

While I certainly agree that the Ipod is still not the ideal video display device, this is an excellent additional feature to an already well designed mp3 player. Now if we can just get support for more MP3 formats and maybe a built in FM tuner, Apple would hold all the cards over any of their competitors.

Ha - I beat slashdots's announcement (1)

invasifspecies (921874) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775401)

Ha - I beat slashdots's announcement.

Course, I had to do it in a post that was wildly off topic.

http://interviews.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=165 075&cid=13775003 [slashdot.org]

Personally I was hoping for a G5 laptop.... er... oh, oh..... I know..... its a waterproof floating G5 powerbook you can use in the bath, in fact, to deal with the cooling issues, you can ONLY use it in the bath. The great part is that it keeps the water nice and warm. Instead of the bubble sound for a system alert, it would just blow a few bubbles, then look embarrassed.

No powerbook upgrades?!!!! (2, Insightful)

Danathar (267989) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775416)

So far I feel like I've ben gut punched....NO powerbook upgrades? I don't give a rats ass about watching music videos on a 320x200 screen for 2 bucks each! Apple! PLEASE! Do something with the powerbooks!

I think I'll buy the Archos AV-700 instead... (0)

TheRealStyro (233246) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775421)

I like the fact that Apple has a deal going with one broadcast network, but I can't get over a 2.5" display. That will seriously hinder the usefulness to the over 30 market. I'm only 38 but I don't want to squint while watching shows, nor have to buy a third-party lens (anybody remember the first GBA?).

If I want portable media I'll buy an Archos AV-700 or just stick with my laptop. The Archos has a 7" screen and the laptop has a 15.4". Both have more than enough space for my iTunes collection and select DVDs.

More interested in FrontRow (1)

Zed2K (313037) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775422)

What are the capabilities of it? Does it support menu and dvd navigation from ripped dvd's? Can it play ISO images of dvd's stored on an external drive? Is it the first part of a mac based dvd jukebox device?

favourite gripe ... (2, Interesting)

the bluebrain (443451) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775429)

On a music iPod you only need the screen for navigating. On a video iPod the screen is used to watch stuff.
 
Can anybody tell me why 60% of the device's front-side real estate is white plastic?

Didn't Apple used to be a computer company? (3, Insightful)

reptilicus (605251) | more than 8 years ago | (#13775433)

Okay, the new iPods and such are nice, and you should understand that I'm a bit biased, as I'm typing this on a 500 Mhz TiBook that desperately needs replacing:

Where are the upgraded PowerBooks and PowerMacs? We seem to get a new iPod model every two weeks, but no new PowerBooks for over 10 months?

Grrrrrrr!
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