Thursday, June 01, 2006
There is an extensive amount of programs that are available, usually at a cost of $1.99. Here is a sampling of some of the television programs that are ready for download: é─˙Aliasé─¨, é─˙Scrubsé─¨, é─˙The Apprenticeé─¨, é─˙South Parké─¨, é─˙Lenoé─¨, é─˙Conané─¨, thousands of music videos of all types, ESPN Winter Games and much more. The problem is that only around 15 million programs were downloaded, and while that may sound like a large number, it is seriously disappointing to Apple and the content providers. It seems that many of the downloads ended up being viewed on laptops and PCé─˘sé─ţmany users were not even viewing the shows on their iPods. Another problem that surfaced was that watching an hour long television on the iPod took a good chunk of the battery life, and didné─˘t leave as much power to listen to songs or podcasts. There are whisperings that Apple is considering enlarging the screen size on the next Video iPod. Rumors put the screen at 3.5 inches or larger. Users can play the iPod through any television if they have the proper cables, and since it can hold around 150 hours of video, it makes a handy portable video storage device. Another problem users found with the device was the audio portion of the show could only be heard by one person with headphones. The user wanted to be able share what they were watching, but without a splitter to send the audio to another pair of headphones, they couldné─˘t share the video experience. Ité─˘s too soon write off the Video iPod, but this latest version has generated considerable griping.