The tiny Video iPod plays music, videos and
photos and has barrels of memory
OUR TECHNOLOGY EDITOR
2005: Wonderful things often come in little
packages. Apple's Steve Jobs yet again proved the
stork right on Wednesday, October 12, unveiling
the Video iPod, which has been as anticipated as a
newborn. The Video iPod joins the family of iPods
including the iPod Nano, iPod Photo and iPod
Priced at $299 and $399, the two variants of the
video iPod have oodles of memory at 30 GB and 60
GB. In the higher version, it is enough to hold
150 hours of video, 25,000 photos and 15000 songs,
Apple claimed. The new video iPods will be
available in white and black. Though the new video
iPod is of the same height and width, it is about
30% thinner than its elder brothers.
The video iPod comes barely a month after the
launch of iPod Nano, Apple's tiniest iPod so far.
Unlike the earlier iPods, the Nano uses a flash
memory, while earlier iPods used hard drives. The
video iPod has upto 20 hours of battery life and
comes with the standard iPod clickwheel.
The video iPod sports a 2.5-inch color screen
which can display album artwork and photos,
besides playing video including music videos,
video podcasts, home movies and television shows.
To give an initial push to the video iPod, Apple
unveiled a deal with Wal Disney Co's ABC network
to make episodes of "Desperate Housewives" and
"Lost" available for downloads on iPods
immediately after their first broadcast. Apple is
also starting sale of about 2000 music videos on
its iTunes online music store with videos costing
$1.99 each in the US.
Announcing the launch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said
that his company has sold 28 million iPods since
it was first introduced in mid-2001. Currently,
the iPod is the world's largest selling music
player and is Apple's fastest-moving product yet.
One million iPod nanos were sold in the first 17
days since the little wonder was launched last
month. Apple says it is finding it difficult to
keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for
The original white iPods had storage capacities of
20 GB and 40 GB each. The new video iPods replace
them with higher memory space, but are thinner
than their elder siblings.
Rumours of a video Ipod have been swirling around
for long, but Steve Jobs had earlier denied any
such plans, doubting demand for such a product.
The Apple manouevre seems to have been an effort
to throw the follow-on industry off its trail.
Apple's shares have tripled in the last one year.
This year too, its stock has been consistently on
the rise. However, on the day of the video iPod
launch, its shares fell.
OUR TECHNOLOGY EDITOR