One more thing…Hooley dooley, it's a big news day for Apple. Where to start? OK, for starters, I was wrong in my predictions. No 80Gig iPod (I still think there's time before Christmas though!). However, they announced just about everything else that was rumoured - and then some.
Let's start with the best: A new iPod lineup. Let me rephrase that. A new iPod lineup that does video. Same width and height but thinner. 30 and 60 Gig capacities (they're freaking thinner than the current 20Gig iPod!). Coming in old skool white as well as modern chic black. Better battery life (20 hours), slightly larger display (2.5 inches) and, the killer feature for me, they have TV out.
I want one.
Apple has also upgraded iTunes, now at v6.0, so that it can handle video casting. You can purchase music videos, Pixar short films and - brace yourselves - TV shows. Desperate Housewives, Lost and Night Stalker are among the shows announced for purchase (in other words ABC/Disney is onboard). OK, I'm not a big TV fan (certainly not of those shows) but this is revolutionary stuff. Not so much from the technology point of view but somehow StevieJ has gotten the ball rolling with the TV executives. As a bonus, iTunes now has a gift feature.
But wait, there's more!
Not so improtant to me, or relevant (at least to this site), there's a new iMac. It's slightly smaller with a videocam built-in (not to mention the flash!). They've also announced some software called FrontRow - it provides a clean, very slick, UI to navigate all of your media (music, photos, DVD's and videos) and a remote control to, err, remotely control everything. It looks like a sweet alternative to Microsoft's Media Centre.
Yep, it was a big-ass announcements day from Apple.
Here's what the rest of the world had to say:
Live from the Steve Jobs Keynote — “One more thing…”
Apple releases iTunes 6.0
Switched On: When you wish upon iPod
The iPod (with video)
The new iPod in black
Apple’s Front Row and Apple Remote
“One More Thing” Live and Uncensored
The Better to See You With - The New iPod Hands On
New iMac G5 - Mackin’ Media Center (??)
FrontRow and the iMac Remote
Poll: Watcha Gonna Do With Yer New iPod?
Apple Theatrical Debut in Pictures
HOW TO - Creating Video for iPod
iTunes 6.0 and videocasts / videoblogs?
Apple announces video iPod, limited TV downloads
iPod Video Coming to a Car Near You