Holy crap, there really is a video iPod! I honestly didn’t think this was going to happen. What would be the point, I figured. You could watch music videos from iTunes and almost everything else would be technically illegal – Apple would be inviting a heap of trouble onto themselves. The only way to get around it would be to offer tv shows for download in iTunes, but that’ll never happen…Except, as it turns out, it will.
The Apple website is claiming to have full seasons of Lost and Desperate Housewives, along with music videos. The device can also play mpeg4 and h.2641 video, so any downloads you happen across while bittorrenting will be available.
Say what you will about the DRM2, but you have to give them kudos for being first out of the door with a properly portable video player. The TV show distribution has the potential to be massive – I’ve never heard of a broadcaster releasing their shows for sale over the net before, but I guess Apple’s DRM has convinced them.
I don’t need one3, but if I was commuting on a train or bus? Hell yeah!
Update: I just thought – Rocketboom must be over the moon! Also, it’d be interesting to chart the iPods going up on eBay today 🙂