Yes, it’s finally here… Today Apple introduced the first iPod capable of playing video… and it is a sweet little machine. The new iPod sports a 2.5″, 320×240 TFT display, and comes in 30GB ($299) and 60GB ($399) models. It is available in white or black, and there is an optional docking station ($39) and remote control ($29) for hooking up this media gem to your stereo, and TV.
The online Apple store states the 30GB model will ship in 24hrs and the 60GB model will ship in 5-7 days. In Apple speak, that really means both will be available next month, if you’re lucky. I have no doubt that demand will far outweigh supply.
With the update to the iPod, Apple has also introduced iTunes 6, in what has to be the fastest major number upgrade in history. Apple only released iTunes 5 about a month ago. iTunes 6 requires QuickTime 7.0.3 in order to access the new video content available through the iTunes music / video store. The installer prompts you to run software update to get QT 7.0.3, but when I tried it, it wasn’t available yet.
As mentioned above, the new ITMS now has video content, starting at just $1.99. You can buy music videos, along with some TV shows… like Lost and Desperate Housewives.
Apple has also posted the new iPod television ad, starring U2.