Another spin on the iPod and a refreshing twist in chat software were fit to be featured this past week. Let's take a closer look.
An Apple a day keeps the short sellers away
You want to know when you've got it made on Wall Street? It's when you're like Apple Computer
Ahh, yes, the video-enabled iPod. Apple's latest creation won't just play tunes and show still photographs. It will store up to 150 hours of video, too. Amazing, right? When you think of Sony
Or does it? Will consumers find the 2 1/2-inch screen too small for their viewing habits? It may work out great for music videos or some of the Pixar
Does it matter, really? Offering video is just a way for Apple to throw its net even further into the mainstream. Even if you ignore the video functionality, you are talking about an iPod with a longer battery life and a sleeker, compact design than the original. This perpetual one-upmanship on Apple's part -- I mean, weren't we trading in the Shuffle for the Minis for the Nanos? -- is brilliant, given that it keeps its fan base in a perpetual state of upgrading.
In other words, even if you couldn't care less for streaming video clips on an iPod, you've got to like what you see.
Plug that boombox back in and pour me another
It's about doggone time!
Even though it would be great to see the market leader -- AOL's AIM -- enter the mix, it's great to see two of the three largest players coming together. One of the biggest drags of communicating online was that someone with a Yahoo! Messenger account had to fire up MSN Messenger to chat it up virtually with someone on Microsoft's service. Yes, these are free services. Most chat addicts have downloaded all of the popular platforms. Still, it's great to see two competitors realize that a handshake for the sake of efficiency can be a handshake worth making.
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Until next week, I remain,
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is already eyeing a video iPod for the holidays. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. The Foo l has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.