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#12852 10/14/05 12:07 AM
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Here's a pretty good take from ExtremeTech .

It just reiterates the fact that this is not really a Video iPod... it's really just the next iPod that happens to play some video.

Baby steps people, baby steps. wink

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320x240 probably looks a lot better on the actual iPod than you're giving it credit for. The PSP's 480x272 looks awful blown up on a computer also, but on the real device it looks nearly hi-def.

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Remember VCDs, which are still very popular in Asia and reasonably popular in Australia, use 320x240 MPEG1 at the same bit rate as an audio CD. Apple's downloadable videos could well compare favourably to VCD quality.

But I don't know about price. Down the street I can buy a VCD album of music videos (one disc) for A$10, a Hollywood movie (two discs) for A$14, or a porno for A$10 (one disc).

Also, VCDs are DRM-free, can be viewed on any computer or DVD player, are quite a bit more scratch-resistant than DVDs, and very easy to duplicate (just don't use Toast).

On the subject of differential pricing in different regions, it depends on the company. Apple kit is more expensive in Australia than the US, but HP kit is often cheaper.

Apple kit seems to be more expensive because Apple thinks the US is the centre of the universe, and everyone else should pay more because they're less than human (kind of like the US military...).

HP kit is cheaper because it's mostly made in China, anyway, and Australia is better placed (politically and economically) for importing goods from China than the US.

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So I bought my first music video. I was disappointed to see that there's no way to integrate the music videos with the iTunes visualizer. So there's no way for me (or anyone without a video iPod) to watch the videos other than in the album artwork box or in a floating box above the iTunes interface. Big deal. I'd much rather turn on the Visualizer, shuffle my library, and when video came up it would automatically play either in place of the visualizer or over it.

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That's too bad - that would've been a really good feature.

So, what video was it? Wang Chung? Simply Red? wink


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That's too bad - that would've been a really good feature.
I did some more playing around in iTunes and it doesn't seem there's any way to view the videos full-screen. The only way to do that is to open them up in Quicktime Player. And even though the videos are low-res they actually look pretty good full-screen.

Speaking of full-screen, Quicktime Player always used to automatically switch your monitor resolution to accommodate what you were playing which kept things from looking overly pixelated. Now Quicktime Player just seems to scale the content to match your present settings. Although it still doesn't look too bad, almost as if there's some sort of blurring or anti-aliasing that's happening to compensate for the lower res. Can anyone confirm this?

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So, what video was it? Wang Chung? Simply Red? wink
No but I was sort of hoping they'd offer "Video Killed the Radio Star," just for oldtimes sake. wink

I settled for Megadeth's "Anarchy in the UK."

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Hi Gang... my new podcast all about the new iPod and televsion shows (that I predicted on an earlier podcast...) is now up and ready to enjoy....

Again... you can find it in Appleé─˘s Podcast directory... or at

www.2livefools.com

I think youé─˘ll enjoy it!

BTW, did anyone notice that the U2 ipod is now gone? Also, we now have the shortest lived iPod ever??! The Special Edition Harry Potter color 20 GB ipod. Ité─˘s now a video enabled 30 gig.

Collectoré─˘s item? I doubt it.

Now... I still want Tempest on my ipod!

MAMEDave

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Now Quicktime Player just seems to scale the content to match your present settings. Although it still doesn't look too bad, almost as if there's some sort of blurring or anti-aliasing that's happening to compensate for the lower res. Can anyone confirm this?
Yep. I've seen it in some MAME movies I captured (1x1 software rendering). It doesn't just double the pixels anymore. I'm guessing it's using Quartz something-or-other to do that. That seems to be how it scales stuff down in Preview, too (although oddly enough, it doesn't scale up that way).

I would guess the "Front Row" thingy would show videos full-screen. But that requires a whole new iMac. The rest of us poor chumps are excluded.

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I settled for Megadeth's "Anarchy in the UK."
I'm sure Richard would appreciate that. wink


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[QUOTE]My current desktop was built about two hundred miles from where I'm sitting, yet I paid more for it (before tax) than an equivalent model purchased in the United States. There's something wrong there.
Yes, you're being paid too much. If you ( and all your other country men ) were paid less then apple would charge you less.

Yeah it sucks, but it happens in all markets.

Cars, clothes etc.

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I did some more playing around in iTunes and it doesn't seem there's any way to view the videos full-screen. The only way to do that is to open them up in Quicktime Player. And even though the videos are low-res they actually look pretty good full-screen.
Try this:

iTunes -> Preferences -> Playback -> Play videos: full screen

Viewing the video on my 23" LCD, 'pretty good' is a bit too much credit... 'acceptable' is more like it.

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