I’m still having a little trouble swallowing this one. When Apple announced the Video iPod I was a little skeptical. After all, most “iPodders” use their units while exercising, or in the car. Neither needs video, and are definitely more suitable to an audio experience. Most users didn’t really use the photo features of the last generation. And who really wants to watch a 2 inch screen for longer than a few minutes? Finally, Jobs had said in the past that the iPod was really not suited for video in the end.
Well, there are a million reasons why the Video iPod is succeeding. Apparently, there have already been 1 million videos downloaded from the iTunes site! I’m still trying to figure out how many of the players that Apple could have sold in less than a month to have that many videos downloaded, but this sounds like a very hot product, and THE Christmas toy for this year. This also proves that you can’t always guess what’s going to catch on.
You can read the original press release here.