Sure - but that is integrated into something people already have and
carry - it is "free content" available with no technical messing around
with file transfers (over phone network or from computer). It is a "no
brainer" as soon as someone builds a small, cheap chipset.
The ipod is interesting because it is one of the few things that people
will carry around in addition to a phone. Would people carry a video
box around in addition to a phone, to watch movies and other DRM'd to
the eyeballs content? That is what Microsoft appear to be gambling on.
(Note the ipod was popular long before the itunes store introduced
DRM'd music downloads.)
The rumored video iPod is rumored to have a VIDEO OUT that will power a
TV, in addition to the small internal screen. And that makes sense.
With most technology, smaller is better - but not screens, and not
Unlike music, a HUGE number of non-techie people create visual content
(still and moving digital images) which they want to display on a
LARGE screen, for SHARED consumption easily - think family albums being
shown to Granny, movies of the kids edited up in iMovie.
The whole "screens to show DRM'd hit Movies/latest music vids" seems to
me not to be where the real demand - but an iPod with video out to
power a TV, with bags of storage - mmm - well - yes, I can think of a
lot of people who would like one of those - and the built in screen
would be ok for timeshifting TV and the like.
Vast storage with video out, in a small box - that is an interesting
proposition. That allows "no compromise output" - the built in screen
is for things people will compromise over - TV mainly - not things they
won't - Hollywood movies and the like.
oh - and make it a boot volume that will boot any Mac I happen to have
access to , or just something that will mount my synced /home, - and -
well - I would pay serious money....
On Mar 20, 2004, at 10:55 AM, keitai-l_at_appelsiini.net wrote:
> The vodafone handset with analogue tv is a big seller in japan
Received on Sat Mar 20 08:06:41 2004