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October 29, 2004

No Video iPod?

So says Merrill Lynch analysts who follow the market closely. ThinkSecret.com has all the details, but here's the important graf on video:

Milunovich dismisses the notion that a video iPod may follow after a photo iPod, echoing previous sentiments from Apple executives. "In our discussions with management about usage patterns, it is clear that a Video iPod (for playing movies) gets the thumbs down," he writes. Apple simply doesn't see a strong a device that would require users to view a movie on a small screen for an extended period of time.

Something tells me this isn't a dead issue yet. If other vendors are successful, look for a change of heart. It's probably prudent to let other companies prove the market and see what develops.

Posted on October 29, 2004

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People dont want to watch movies on their ipod they want to svideo or rca their videos stored on their ipods to a TV!

I'd prefer an ipod cell phone to an ipod video player...

Posted by: Duncan at October 29, 2004 10:59 AM

Since Apple is in the drivers seat, and no other company has made a big splash with portable video devices, iPod video will come when Jobs is ready (if ever).

If you think about it, photo iPod made sense. Pictures are an easily consumable media. Photo's, while not as passive as audio, allow a viewers browsing experience to be short and sweet or it could require as much attention as video. Your choice.

Also, pictures can be more easily transferable. Yes, you can have large pictures or a big quantity of pictures but if you just took a few snapshots of the dog and want to share, it's much less of a problem than sharing a five minute video of the same event.

BTW, earlier this year, Apple and Motorola announced that iTunes would be ported to Motorola phones. I used to have a link but (lame) Reuters removed the link.

Posted by: Xueilonox at October 29, 2004 12:20 PM

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