October 11, 2005 4:00 PM PDT

New iPods for the holidays

Apple Computer plans to introduce more iPods before the end of the year, a company executive said Tuesday.

Executive Vice President Tim Cook didn't say whether the new iPods will come at a press event Apple has scheduled for Wednesday morning. But during a conference call with analysts, he suggested that the iPod Nano won't be the last new iPod of the year.

"Over a year ago, we set out to create revolutionary updates to our core iPod lineup," Cook said. "Last quarter was the final quarter for the older products. We think we did rather well with the prior lineup and believe that we will do even better with the new lineup that we have for the holiday season, including the new iPod Nano and some very innovative new products that we have yet to introduce."

There has been considerable speculation that Apple might add video-playing abilities to its hard-drive-based iPod lineup, though some have said that possibility is less likely given Apple CEO Steve Jobs' negative comments about such a device and the difficulties associated with making available the kinds of commercial video that would make such a device popular.

Although record-label executives have confirmed that Apple has sought wide-ranging licenses to sell music videos through iTunes, movie studios have yet to make feature films similarly available.

"If you're talking about a video iPod, what would drive the demand? Music videos? You have a whole generation of people already conditioned to getting those for free," said GartnerG2 research analyst Mike McGuire.

Apple has continued to grow its iPod sales, though the growth has slowed from the meteoric rise of several months ago. In the company's most recent quarter, which ended Sept. 24, Apple sold 6.45 million iPods. That's three times the number it sold a year ago, but up just 5 percent from the prior quarter.

One challenge for Apple is that demand for the iPod Nano strongly outstripped Apple's ability to supply the flash-memory-based music players. The company said Tuesday that its efforts to meet demand for the iPod Nano are being crimped by a parts shortage.

"It is a component constraint," Cook said during the conference call. "I don't want to go further with which one (it is)."

Apple said it shipped 1 million Nanos during the first 17 days the player was on the market, but said demand was far greater and that the company does not know when it will have enough supplies to meet demand.

On the Mac side of things, Apple noted that its inventories are below its desired range. The company said it hopes to correct that, but did not say whether new Mac models would be the ones used to replenish shelves.

News.com reporter John Borland contributed to this report.

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No video iPod? Whatever...
I also remember a few years ago when Steve said photos on an iPod
weren't a good idea. All anyone has to look at the invites for the
iPod Nano and this event. Red movie theater curtains. Duhhhh...
Posted by bdkennedy1 (58 comments )
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no video
No Video Ipod? That's a disappointment, :( I was looking forward to it. All those rumors!
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Posted by Roman12 (214 comments )
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THE CURTAINS
How could we all be so slow? on the invitation it said "one more thing" with movie curtains... hint hint Video Ipod. Thanx Bryan Kennedy
Posted by Elie G (4 comments )
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No video iPod? Whatever...
I also remember a few years ago when Steve said photos on an iPod
weren't a good idea. All anyone has to look at the invites for the
iPod Nano and this event. Red movie theater curtains. Duhhhh...
Posted by bdkennedy1 (58 comments )
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no video
No Video Ipod? That's a disappointment, :( I was looking forward to it. All those rumors!
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Posted by Roman12 (214 comments )
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THE CURTAINS
How could we all be so slow? on the invitation it said "one more thing" with movie curtains... hint hint Video Ipod. Thanx Bryan Kennedy
Posted by Elie G (4 comments )
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No iPod Video. Get a PSP instead!
I'm on my 4th iPod and while Apple might be able to pull it off,
adding video is not on my wishlist. I just don't feel it suits the
iPod.

However, I do have a PSP, and I do use that for watching video.
It has a gorgeous, 4", hi-res (472x280) screen which is quite
tolerable to watch for short periods. (I find the attention span
for watching video is about 20 mins on a small device.)

There is free software available - "PSP Video 9" - which converts
all types of video (.mov, .wma, .avi, etc) into the MPEG-4 format
relatively quickly and syncs it with the PSP.

For example, to go from a movie trailer on the www.apple.com/
trailers/ website to PSP is around 5 mins, and they can be
queued and later transferred all at once.

I'm very happy with my iPod for music/podcasts, and PSP for
games/video.
Posted by (15 comments )
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No iPod Video. Get a PSP instead!
I'm on my 4th iPod and while Apple might be able to pull it off,
adding video is not on my wishlist. I just don't feel it suits the
iPod.

However, I do have a PSP, and I do use that for watching video.
It has a gorgeous, 4", hi-res (472x280) screen which is quite
tolerable to watch for short periods. (I find the attention span
for watching video is about 20 mins on a small device.)

There is free software available - "PSP Video 9" - which converts
all types of video (.mov, .wma, .avi, etc) into the MPEG-4 format
relatively quickly and syncs it with the PSP.

For example, to go from a movie trailer on the www.apple.com/
trailers/ website to PSP is around 5 mins, and they can be
queued and later transferred all at once.

I'm very happy with my iPod for music/podcasts, and PSP for
games/video.
Posted by (15 comments )
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Speculation
They'll make it thinner, stronger and faster. (Cue "Six Million
Dollar Man" theme song now).

And in more colors.... or at least black.

Madonna iPod? Possibly. But an iPod Shuffle with a display
screen will be MUCH nicer.

As for watching video, I'd agree with Mika Taur that PSP certainly
has my vote for watching a couple of minutes of video (though,
I'd have to admit, that the Creative Zen Vision looks nice, too).

Personally, I'm hoping for a Shuffle with a screen.
Posted by toosday (343 comments )
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A Bit Gross, But Funny...
How horridly uncool to reply first to my own post, but a friend of
mine just gave the best speculation of what will be the next iPod:

iPod Enema: Though the song capacity wll be quite tiny, the iPod
Enema will provide the most exhilirating music experience. Simply
inject the iPod Enema you know where and it vibrates the sonic
experience throughout your body.
Posted by toosday (343 comments )
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Speculation
They'll make it thinner, stronger and faster. (Cue "Six Million
Dollar Man" theme song now).

And in more colors.... or at least black.

Madonna iPod? Possibly. But an iPod Shuffle with a display
screen will be MUCH nicer.

As for watching video, I'd agree with Mika Taur that PSP certainly
has my vote for watching a couple of minutes of video (though,
I'd have to admit, that the Creative Zen Vision looks nice, too).

Personally, I'm hoping for a Shuffle with a screen.
Posted by toosday (343 comments )
Reply Link Flag
A Bit Gross, But Funny...
How horridly uncool to reply first to my own post, but a friend of
mine just gave the best speculation of what will be the next iPod:

iPod Enema: Though the song capacity wll be quite tiny, the iPod
Enema will provide the most exhilirating music experience. Simply
inject the iPod Enema you know where and it vibrates the sonic
experience throughout your body.
Posted by toosday (343 comments )
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yeah i have both too.. however..
I agree up to a point.. the problem with the PSP is that there is
no hard drive. I like watching the movies on UMD - great for
airplanes - but relying on the memory stick to house photos,
video, game content and whatever else you might have just isn't
a good option for the long term IMHO - neither is relying on 3rd
party software to encode and transfer video - Sony's already
proven they have no problem 'securing' the PSP's OS.

Sony's PSP is great but it lacks the polished digital media
functionality that itunes/ipod provide.
Posted by evil_dracula (24 comments )
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yeah i have both too.. however..
I agree up to a point.. the problem with the PSP is that there is
no hard drive. I like watching the movies on UMD - great for
airplanes - but relying on the memory stick to house photos,
video, game content and whatever else you might have just isn't
a good option for the long term IMHO - neither is relying on 3rd
party software to encode and transfer video - Sony's already
proven they have no problem 'securing' the PSP's OS.

Sony's PSP is great but it lacks the polished digital media
functionality that itunes/ipod provide.
Posted by evil_dracula (24 comments )
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