iPod Photo: Just A Small Part of the Picture
Let us be the first to say, we're not impressed.
Don't get us wrong. We'd love to have it. If you're looking to drop $600 on us, we'd gladly accept it. Although, truth be told, we'd rather spend it on a camera that takes pictures, rather than a device that holds them.
Yes, album art is very cool, as is auto-syncing with iPhoto. But we can, and do, already store photos on our iPod. And previous experience with mp3 hard drives-cum-photo viewers has left us decidedly uninspired. Yes. This one is better. Yes. This one is cooler. Yes, this one goes to eleven.
But what we really want is video.
And for this sole reason, we are excited about the new iPod because it seems to crack open the door to that possibility, if only a little bit, enough to let some light shine through and send the cockroaches scurrying. This is particularly true, we think, thanks to the new iPod Photo's included composite AV cable which will alllow yout o hook your iPod up to a TV and bore your friends with your suck-ass pictures set to that gawdawful hipster music you insist on listening to.
But we have long maintained that the iTMS is the next Amazon. This product offering seems to confirm that. Once it can play video, Apple can in turn sell video from the iTMS (which would be transformed, naturally enough, into the iTunes Multimedia Store, we assume.) Imagine. You log into the iTMS, purchase a movie, download it overnight, and store and view it on your iPod, with hookups to connect it to your television and the option to burn it to DVD.
There's no RF. The games, though in color, still suck. And we're still waiting for an iPod with an FM Tuner. But this is a huge, and welcome step on the road to video.
PS: Mad Props to Think Secret, they were right on the money with this one.