Of Apple And Oranges

I hear more and more about the new video iPod and how it will change the world. In my opinion with the small screen size the device is little more than a fashion accessory — at least for those of us with aging eyes. I am sure students will love the video capabilities but mainstream acceptance is a while off.

What is amazing is the concept of iTunes and the ability for this service to be a central clearinghouse for distributors of video content.

Now Apple isn’t needed to distribute content but they seem to be the best chance the market has for organizing said content. That is of course until Google gets more aggressive in this space. NetFlix and Blockbuster will be players as well. Remember that content providers have been able to stream content for years so while some of these new developments are exciting, the technology to achieve video distribution is far from new.

Leave it to Apple to take something that has been around for years and glamorize and monetize it effectively.

  • Bob E
    November 16, 2005 at 7:00 pm

    I’m 55 so I’m fairly certain my eyes are older than yours. I was prepared to not like the video but…hey, it’s really pretty good. From the tone of the blog it doesn’t sound like you actually have one.

  • Rich Tehrani
    November 16, 2005 at 7:16 pm

    You are correct that I do not have one yet but i will have one soon!

  • Michael E
    November 16, 2005 at 11:52 pm

    I have aging 53 year old eyes. When I sit on my sofa and hold the iPod at a comfortable viewing distance, it covers more of my field of vision than the 27-inch TV that sits about 7 1/2 feet away from me. The iPod’s 320×240 resolution is better than a normal VHS tape (which, because of scan-line doubling typical of that format, actually has somewhat less resolution and color fidelity than the iPod). In other words, it ain’t HD, but it sure ain’t bad!

  • Rich Tehrani
    November 18, 2005 at 9:20 am

    You are correct that I do not have one yet but i will have one soon!

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