Video via iTunes – almost a hit!
Apple announced some neat things this morning, but the thing that really got me excited was the opportunity to buy TV shows right from iTunes. $1.99 per episode? Sign me up! Bye bye TiVo, hello iTunes! Thank you Apple!
Oh, wait, this is the real world, and companies rarely deliver what consumers really want. Even Apple. The stupid shows are in 320×240! Not 480×720 (SDTV & DVD) or 1280×720 (HDTV 720p) or 1920×1080 (HDTV 1080i). In other words, nothing anyone actually watches. Yes, ok, so the Video iPod only has a 320×240 screen – but some of us would actually like to watch things we buy on our TVs, PCs, projectors, whatever.
So, let me get this straight. The new Macs come with a spiffy remote so you can watch movies and stuff on your Mac from your sofa. They also come with big, gorgeous high-res displays. But you can’t buy and watch the videos and TV shows from Apple on them, because they’d be postage stamp sized.
Does the hardware team not talk to the iTunes team or something? Get with the program, Apple. You’re almost there – everyone wants to be able to buy [TV shows | Movies | Music Videos] on a case-by-case basis right from their home. But they’d like to watch it on all the devices they own, including shiny new Video iPods.