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It has been one of those urban myths, that is actually true. Despite fervent denials by Steve Jobs (nobody will take him for his word!) Apple is working on a video iPod, as per the WSJ. My Business 2.0 colleague, Paul Sloan had the complete lowdown, […]

video ipod visualsIt has been one of those urban myths, that is actually true. Despite fervent denials by Steve Jobs (nobody will take him for his word!) Apple is working on a video iPod, as per the WSJ. My Business 2.0 colleague, Paul Sloan had the complete lowdown, and had been working on this scoop ever since he wrote the big piece pondering what next for Apple, in the April 2005 issue of the magazine. WSJ hints that the video iPod is all about music videos, Sloan has more gory and exclusive details than just that.

> Steve Jobs has spoken with Disney President and soon-to-be CEO Bob Iger about ways to license various Disney content for a video iPod, according to an internal Disney email I have obtained. That could include anything from clips from ESPN and ABC News to short cartoons. (Sloan’s Scoop!)

The video iPod developments has Bill Gates doing a Charlton Heston impersonation: from my cold dead fingers.

  1. [...] King of all breaking news, Om Malik sends us the scoop: Apple Will do a Video iPod. This entry was posted [...]

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  2. Giuro

    A quanto pare Apple farà un Video iPod. Questa volta non me lo compro….

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  3. This is sweet – any idea on the timeframe?

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  4. Video iPod-confirmed?

    Looks like Apple is going to launch a video iPod in the not so distant
    future with stories that Steve Jobs is in discussion with media owners
    like Disney to licence video content.

    My old 40GB (3rd gen I think) is in need of a replacement as the ba…

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  5. Om, I love the scoops you get but I think you are really jumping the gun here. Sure, Apple is in talks to license music videos. Music videos does not begat feature films just yet. Also, if that was to be the case Apple would need to be negotiating these rights with the big studios in parallel otherwise they would have to unduely delay delivery of the for-pay content. However this still does not address the issue at hand of why even have a video iPod? It makes no sense for the form factor currently in use. The iPod has been all about size, convience, and user expereience. These are goals that congruently follow the needs of a portable audio player. They are not the needs of a portable video player! I mean, seriously, who is going to pay $XXX money for a video iPod so they can watch video on a screen the size of a small smartphone? When people watch video it happens in static environments: In a class, at the theaters, in the living room, at the ballgame. You don’t see people carrying portable Sony TV Watchmans around do you? They had 2.2″ screens on them and could watch OTA TV channels just fine and these existed back in the mid eighties. Yet the market for them is so small as to be insignificant.

    Now if Apple makes a CE device for the home that could tie into a iTunes Movie Store or something of the like I’m willing to listen. But I just dont seem portable video as a real market. Every CE device trying to do it just has too many compromises to make the video experience worth the customers money and time I feel.

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  6. docwho

    first of all this is not my scoop. repeat not my scoop. i am pointing to a scoop from Business 2.0 editor at large Paul Sloan. If you read the comment, it is clear they are going for short form videos. Music videos, sports clips and all. If they can make it easy and fun and simple, there is a good chance they can be successful. i agree.. watching full length movies on the small screens is pointless, but there is some form of video which can make a lot of sense on this. it is not telvision either. just shorts. that is the key difference. well we shall have to wait and watch how it evolves

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  7. Om Malik’s Broadband Blog » Apple will do a video iPod

    Om Malik points to the video iPod breaki

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  8. Why is’t Jobs talking to his own company Pixar rather than to his rival Disney?

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  9. [...] ess2blog/2005/07/scoop_disney_co.html. A mock image, this is not how it will look, is here gigaom.com/ [...]

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  10. [...] the way. And it looks like Apple is to license Disney content for it. More on that story here .Gadgets iPod 

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