Thursday, October 13, 2005

iPod Video: I Just Don't Get It

I have to admit that Craig Ferguson took these words right out of my mouth last night, but why would anyone want to watch TV on a 2-1/2" screen? I am not a big screen or HDTV fanatic, but I just don't get it. Years ago I used to sell Casio LCD color TVs with 4-inch screens, and those were too small to be useful. Think of the great video moments of our time. Do you realize how tiny Janet Jackson's breast would be on a 2-1/2" screen? The whole country would have missed it, and the FCC would be poorer. They would have to fine Howard Stern again to make up for it.

I'm not saying that the new iPod won't be a hit, but you won't see me waiting in line for one. This is the real reason I left the information technology field--I have little use for gadgets like this that make my former co-workers drool. I don't even have an MP3 player, much less the fashionable iPod. Ditto for Palm Pilot and BlackBerry. I don't do chat or instant messaging either. I spend at least half of my day on this computer, and still I feel like a Luddite.

UPDATE 10/26/2005 - I'm not the only one who doesn't see the point of iPod video. David Coursey provides a list of "Six iPod Predictions and Comments" in response to this new product. Although he says some positive things as well, the iPod fanatics jump all over him as a heretic. More tempered commenters say that the video is just a bonus (the new iPod also has better sound and more memory) and shouldn't be critiqued so seriously.

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