Re: [videoblogging] no video iPod?

Here's a good reason why no video iPod *yet*. Of course, as this
article points out, most products are intended for consumers. We are
creators, and that is a fundamental difference.


I saw some interesting theories why three's no video iPod. I won't get
into the argument about whether consumers want mobile video. There's
clearly a segment that does and I won't debate that side of the
argument. The argument I read today goes since Steve Jobs owns Pixar
he doesn't want illegal movies ripped. Perhaps. But that's not the
reason. It's because unlike music, it's illegal to rip a DVD to your
hard drive, Pixar or otherwise. Simple. No same company wants to get
into that legal issue with the studios and provide those tools. Not
Apple. Not Microsoft. In fact, the reason MediaCenter Extenders won't
stream DVDs from your MCE to the device is that in order to do so they
need to be decrypted to send the stream. That's illegal too. Should it
be? Of course not, but at the moment, it is. The only other source of
legal video content is recorded TV and Apple at the moment has no
interest in playing in that market. Should they? Perhaps, but that's
another story. Now there's always personal created video but the
market for that is tiny… really, really tiny. Call me and I'll show
you how small those numbers are. There's a reason we call them
consumers, as they consume content and not create it. There's no
market for the video iPod for Apple's customers at the moment. No evil
schemes. No Machiavellian thoughts behind it. It's just not a good
move for Apple without the sources of content they need. They will be
there and we will get a video iPod one day. Just not this one.