I’ve finally diven in to temptation and bought a video iPod. After initally hating this device, I have slowly been won over by it and the associated video offerings from Apple and numerous video podcasters, and so while in Ontario, California last week at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo, I had Amazon.com ship a 60GB unito to my hotel.
Having now logged some serious play time with the new iPod on the flight home and last night while failing to sleep, I can say that it is a definite technology success. The video playback quality is very impressive, thanks to the use of hardware video decoding over software-based, the audio playback is equally impressive, though still not as good as my iRiver H320, and the enlarged screen is bright, sharp and much better suited to viewing long playlists and the podcasts subfolder.
So far I have only added a couple of music videos, a Pixar short, and a few episodes of the excellent video podcast Rocketboom to the device, but I am sure that come the weekend, I’ll have this baby fully stocked with content.
More on the Podcast and Portable Media Expo later, once I have had a chance to shake off the jetlag.