iPod Photo turns your iPod into a

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 26, 2004

iPod Photo turns your iPod into a portable photo gallery thingie. Conceivably you could do crude movies with them...play an mp3 soundtrack as you scroll slowly through the frames of the "film".

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Ryan SchroederOct 26, 2004 at 4:50PM

That's my question. Why can't this thing play movies? It's seems like it took extra effort to limit it.

Jason FriedOct 26, 2004 at 4:55PM

This is great for artists, designers, photographers too... Think of the iPod Photo as a portable portfolio.

MattOct 26, 2004 at 5:00PM

The only thing that sucks about that is the screen is so small. So it's like viewing photos, or comps, or wireframes on the back of your camera. If it had video out, it'd be good for presentations, but then you basically have a PDA.

Dave S.Oct 26, 2004 at 5:10PM

It feels like a starting point, rather than the final product. It's just a matter of time until we see a) an iPhotos release for Windows, and b) USB-input to allow camera dumps on the go. I'm really surprised neither of these were included in this release. It almost seems pointless without them.

jojoOct 26, 2004 at 5:20PM

Matt, it does have a video out feature. From the iPod photo page:

"Use the included AV cable to connect iPod Photo to a projector or TV. You can mesmerize friends and family with a glorious multimedia experience, offering them a breathtaking slideshow accompanied by the music you already have on your iPod Photo. Of course, you get to choose the songs, albums or playlists. And talk about smart, iPod Photo optimizes your photos to fit on a standard (4:3) or widescreen (16:9) TV. "

giovanniOct 26, 2004 at 5:27PM

"Use the included AV cable to connect iPod Photo to a projector or TV" ...yes!
Imagine viewing photos/ portfolios etc on a Video projector. show a pre-recorded presentation with voice and images. sounds cool to me. Yo ucoul do a PP/Keynote project and project it in combination woth sound

Ryan SchroederOct 26, 2004 at 5:33PM

There is the Belkin iPod Media Reader for downloading on the fly. (I think)

Ryan SchroederOct 26, 2004 at 5:42PM

Well, maybe.
Free space on your flash memory cards by copying digital images to iPod Photo’s hard drive

It's not clear if it actually works with the photo functions or just stores in on the HD like before.

TimOct 26, 2004 at 5:45PM

I'm pretty sure iPod-displayed photos *must* go through iTunes, seeing as it "optimizes your photos to fit on a standard (4:3) or widescreen (16:9) TV."

TimOct 26, 2004 at 5:46PM

Hmm, sorry, that quote actually says "iPod Photo" does the optimizing, so I could be totally off there.

Ryan SchroederOct 26, 2004 at 5:54PM

Wait! Why isn't anyone covering the iPod Sock?

David BarrettOct 26, 2004 at 6:24PM

I'd like to see what the firmware is like. It would be very interesting if someone could hack even MPEG or MPEG2 support into it.

Max RuderburgOct 26, 2004 at 6:25PM

Is that iPod Sock for real? It has an Apple logo, but there's no mention of it on their website (that I could find). It's a sock... how... non-Apple.

Ryan SchroederOct 26, 2004 at 7:32PM

The CNET article mentions it, but I haven't seen it anywhere else.

In addition to the new iPods, Apple also introduced a set of colored "socks" for carrying iPods. Apple will sell a set of six differently hued socks for $29.

Max RuderburgOct 26, 2004 at 8:17PM

They don't actually look too bad. I may pick up a set. ;)

BrianOct 26, 2004 at 9:24PM

Sucks that the 60 GB is only available for the iPod Photo. I have no use for a color screen (or the extra size and cost) but would snatch up a 60 gig iPod in a heartbeat.

dakota smithOct 27, 2004 at 9:28AM

ipod photo makes no sense to me. i have a laptop. i can create slide shows to music on it. i can't listen to pictures on headphones.

and the screensize... that's smaller than a lot of digital camera LCDs, no? and those suck for viewing pictures.

the sock, though. damn, that's an idea i wish i had.

samOct 27, 2004 at 10:56AM

My girlfriend knit me something like the iPod sock - it has elastic at the opening and works great to protect my iPod when it's loose in my bag

jamesOct 27, 2004 at 12:08PM

now if they built a camera into it, that WOULD make sense!

come to think of it, it should be a phone as well, and a video recorder. kinda like my new nokia 7610 but even better.

then i would be tempted to buy my first iPod!

RubenOct 27, 2004 at 2:52PM

Consumerism is a problem.

Socks for iPod? At $29? That's a bad joke, right? People actually buy this stuff?

dirtymouseOct 28, 2004 at 2:40AM

forget the isock by apple, get a foofpod

dirtymouse & foof

Steven MarshallOct 28, 2004 at 3:22AM

Here's hoping the price of the regular ipod comes down now

MarkOct 30, 2004 at 6:09AM

I just bought a 40Gb iPod so I'm going to have to wait. I think the next model will be the 'must have' anyway

SeanOct 31, 2004 at 4:42PM

I don't know about the iPod sock. Other than storage when it's not in use (which is not often in my case),
what practical use does it serve? I'd much rather have REAL socks with the iPod logo. What a great
stocking stuffer!

And I also agree that the iPod Photo makes little sense either. I mean I carry around my photos either
on my camera, on a memory card, or upload them to the web. I never had a reason to carry or show off
photos from my iPod. The only really cool feature of the iPod Photo is the new color screen.

Hmm, wonder when they'll develop the iPod PDA or SmartPhone :)

BenniNov 15, 2004 at 7:52AM

I just ordered an IPod Photoand i'm mesmerized with all the cool stuff like Itrip and stuff.....

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