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Old July 29th, 2005, 05:37 AM   #16
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Arstechnica(link) posts an unverified rumor about the possible brains behind an upcoming Video iPod.

According to the site, "Sharp sales reps are bragging to potential customers that Apple will be using the Sharp LH7A400 SOC (system on a chip) in the initial version of the video iPod."

The chip specs (link) are posted and provide enough processing power to decode MPEG4 as shown in demonstration hardware.
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Old August 4th, 2005, 01:20 PM   #17
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Piper Jaffray doubts video iPod or new Macs in 2005

http://www.forbes.com/markets/2005/0...markets01.html
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The research firm noted that a few products will not be seen this year, including a video iPod and a new Mac. "We do expect Apple to periodically bump up the speed of the existing Mac product line, but we would be very surprised to see any brand new Macs released into the market prior to the start of the Intel integration in mid-calendar 2006."
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Old September 15th, 2005, 11:09 AM   #18
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Here's a different perspective on the video iPod....

http://yahoo.businessweek.com/techno...4709_tc056.htm

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A video-ready iPod won't be about watching movies on the go. Laptop computers and portable DVD players already have that niche wrapped up pretty well. But the iPod could easily morph into a video-storage platform that connects to a TV set.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 11:52 AM   #19
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That link is broken, unfortunately.
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Old September 15th, 2005, 12:00 PM   #20
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That's odd, it still works for me. Is this any better?

http://www.businessweek.com/technolo...4709_tc056.htm
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 08:59 AM   #21
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Here's another article that puts an interesting perspective on the whole topic of portable video players:

http://biz.yahoo.com/bizwk/050923/b3953041.html?.v=1

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Trouble is, Apple's rivals in the digital music market were singing the same rosy tune before the iPod demolished them. In 2002, Creative's Nomad products and Diamond Multimedia Inc.'s Rio-branded digital music players were the industry leaders, battling over which company had the better technology. Apple jumped onto the scene, boosting the sleepy market from 1.8 million units sold in 2001 to nearly 30 million this year. It quickly won 85% of the still-growing market by combining great hardware and software that made music downloads a snap with a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign that convinced consumers that the iPod was the coolest thing since the Sony Walkman.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 01:49 PM   #22
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The Apple Blog and other sources are reporting on the possible introduction of a video iPod on the 12th

http://www.theappleblog.com/

There are also more rumors of an airport express-like device that would allow the streaming of video

http://www.macrumors.com/
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