Friday, October 14, 2005

NBC Most Happy Fun Exciting Buzzy Thrilling History Lesson

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Steve - "...and you kinda get video for free as a bonus."
Continuous Caption: Handheld TV - New iPod Plays Video

Anonymous Consumer in Apple Store - "I've actually been looking for something that I could play video on." Really? Steve had no idea...

Omar Wasow, Technology Analyst - iPod has gone from an early adopter technology buff market to a Mainstream Mass Market phenomenon now a part of our culture.

Alexis Glick, this story's reporter, says you have to watch video on the 2.5 inch screen which is not necessarily the case. You can watch on your TV and you can watch on a video headset or external portable TV with a bigger screen - can you say light FLAT screen?.

Alexis - "Their new test is to find out if people will buy video they have to watch on a two and a half inch screen."
Steve - "There is no market for video on the go today. So we're going to have to create it."

Let's be clear Alexis. THIS IS NOT A TEST. There is no downside for Apple to add video playback capability for no more money and 50% more space at the $299 price point. You get a free video with every album you buy. We Video Podcasters have a way to reach the consumer like never before. And you broadcasters have a way to sell shows after they air in a new window between original air and rerun then DVD. You can Video Podcast the Today Show WITH advertising included for FREE and sell that market to your advertisers for a small premium or others who will pay less for VidPodcast ONLY ads.

The revolution will be Video Podcast and is being vlogged as you speak. You do NOT have to watch videos on the 2.5" screen. There IS A GIGANTIC MARKET for video on the go today. And Apple is NOT going to have to create it. What Apple is doing is providing the solution to a long standing challenge. And that is huge. Kudos to Apple. I love Apple. But the market has been getting PREGNANT with anticipation for this solution for years. Remember ARCHOS? It is like an iPod only too big and heavy with a minimal Mac interface.

I will be very surprised if Apple will be able to keep up with demand for these new iPods before sometime next summer, IF THEN. I think there is going to be a waiting list from here into next Spring at the soonest. It will be a case of capacity incapable of meeting demand for a long time.

Affordable technology and our new inexpensive broadband internet distribution system has just now fallen into place. So it's really the synergy of pent up demand meeting new affordable technological advances - not Apple creating a market or doing a test.

Thanks to Al Roker for ordering his last night. You the man Al.

Matt Lauer's close - "I know it's going to be huge. Absolutely. Everything they do is huge right now." You took the words right out of my mouth Matt.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

CBS Early Show Pitches TV Shows For Sale, Falling Apple Stock & A Way To Lose Your Sight

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ABC's TV Shows Desperate Housewives, Lost, Night Stalker & two comedies are for sale for $1.99 an episode. Adam Benjamin thinks Apple has a 6-month to almost a year competitive lead with the video enabled iPod. Sandra Hughes mentions Apple stock falling due to lower than Wall Street iPod sales expectations. Yeah they were only through the roof as usual. Women in the street - one clueless while the other totally gets it. At $299 she says, "That's a steal."

Interesting no one seems to understand the iPod has had video output since the introduction of the iPod Photo long ago. And let's not forget video goggles you can wear to have a large screen experience out of that little iPod.

CBS iPod Video Reports Ignore Vlogs & Video Podcasts

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The interesting thing about these two reports is that Video Blogging & Video Podcasts are completely ignored as a source of content that may drive sales of the new Video enabled iPod even though Apple lists "Video Podcasts" in the new iPod's Video menu pane:

Video Playlists
Music Videos
TV Shows
Video Podcasts
Video Settings

Steve didn't even mention there are already thousands of video podcast posts in the iTunes Podcast Directory to help sell the reason to buy a video capable iPod now rather than until movies are for sale next year which Jeffries & Company analyst Adam Benjamin posed is a reason consumers may not buy one yet.

This is the first of three broadcast reports I am posting today with comments about each one. Details of Steve's Presentation will follow tomorrow with a PDF full of links to Apple's many pages of descriptions.

Monday, October 10, 2005

iTunes Doesn't Always See Our Posts

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We've made two posts in recent days that have failed to appear in the iTunes Podcast directory and FireANT. So we're resorting to posting this PDF so you can have the links to these missing posts this way. We don't understand why iTunes and FireANT simply can't see some posts that work fine from the browser and are all seen by <a href="" target="_blank">NetNewsWire</a> for Macintosh.<p>
Looks like we are in an era of the early iTunes multimedia client not fully understanding all feeds from a registered site due to some html code problems in the original posts that iTunes can't sense are corrected later. We have had errant bizarre html code mysteriously appearing in some posts that had nothing to do with the way we entered the code to begin with. Sorry for the delay in letting you know. Thanks for your understanding and patience with our continuing learning curve.<p>

</p>Here are the permalinks to each of the two recent posts iTunes doesn't see.<p>
<a href="" target="_blank">Vid.42mb.45.5min.Webzine 2005 Session 2 Jacob Appelbaum's Odyssey</a> posted October 6, 2005.<p>
<a href="" target="_blank">Empire "iBook" High. Tucson Arizona Bookless CyberSchool</a> posted September 22, 2005.