It's been several days since people started talking (again) about the idea that Apple
According to the buzzing newswires, Apple has been in talks with major labels such as Sony
However, as much as the iPod is the killer portable music device du jour, I just can't see customers getting excited about watching video on its tiny screen. Music players like the iPod are most often used by people who are doing other things -- jogging, working, driving, and so forth. (It's the same argument I had when Microsoft's
That demand has yet to materialize, though downloadable video content for mobile devices has been getting lots of press attention. Mobile phone providers seem eager to integrate both MP3 players and video capabilities into their phones. However, market research indicates that consumers are tepid toward the idea of downloading video content to their cell phones. In-Stat recently said that only one in eight respondents to a survey it performed expressed interest in video on their phones. Is it too much of a stretch to apply those numbers to a video iPod?
We could all theorize about Apple's next iPod move until we're blue in the face. That's one of the most entertaining things about Apple -- it's the epitome of a story stock, the kind of company people like to closely follow through every new endeavor, rumored or otherwise. In my opinion, video iPods might be "nice to have," but not necessarily "need to have." Even if Apple unveils such a device, I have to question whether it will positively affect the iPod's runaway popularity -- or translate into more sales.
We've polished up related Foolishness:
- Apple caught Creative's negativity one day, but the company's recent earnings report proved the pundits wrong -- iPod sales remain strong.
- Bill Gates bad-mouthed Apple's iPod phenom in May.
- Flash back to past coverage of Apple's foray into video.
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Alyce Lomax does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned.