New iPods add video

Not content with being the envy of portable audiophiles the world over, Apple has announced a new generation of iPods that are capable of playing back videos as well.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  October 15, 2005

Not content with being the envy of portable audiophiles the world over, Apple has announced a new generation of iPods that are capable of playing back videos as well. The new fifth - generation iPods (available in white or black) feature 2.5” colour screens and are available in capacities of 30GB or 60GB. The 30GB model will retail for around $299, while the larger 60GB version should command a price of $399. Despite the beefier capacities however, Apple has still managed to reduce the size of its latest players quite considerably. “The new iPod is the best music player ever - it's 30 per cent thinner and has 50 per cent more storage than its predecessor - yet it sells for the same price and plays stunning video on its 2.5-inch color screen,” explained Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Because millions of people around the world will buy this new iPod to play music, it will quickly become the most popular portable video player in history.” Connectivity to a host PC is achieved via USB2.0 and as with previous iPod models, Apple’s iTunes acts as the interface between PC and iPod. The latest software version, iTunes 6, can be set-up to automatically synchronise music, podcasts, photos, audio books, home movies, and more with a connected iPod. Marking a first for the company and potentially influencing a whole new download trend, with the latest version of iTunes Apple is offering music videos for download. The firm is also in the process of arranging to make television show content available to its users, with shows such as ‘Lost’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’ due to be among the first to be offered. This could be construed as a move by Apple to slowly encroach upon the growing portable media player (PMP) market with content of this sort being the company’s trump card over the competition. That said, at present iPod owners in this region are currently still unable to buy and download content via Apple' s iTunes’ iStore. Apple's new, fifth-generation iPods are expected to start hitting retail stores in the region by the end of the month.

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