I'm currently saving money for a video iPod. I already own a shuffle, but I want to move up to something better. For those of you that own a video iPod, is it worth the 300 bucks? Or would my money be better saved on something else?
I think it will be worth it for sure. Recently in the news there have been reports of ABC, Fox and many other companies buying into this new medium of entertainment.
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Depends on what you want. I bought one for my mom during the first week of November, and overall, it's a solid product. The soud quality isn't any better than any of the other ipods, but the screen is larger, its slimmer than all of the fullsize ipods before it, and it plays (limited) videos, and holds 10 GB more than other full size ipods of the same price...
However, the video player is really nothing to get excited about. Not only do you have a small selection of videos (abc stuff, disney channel stuff, and music videos), you have to pay for them. There are other mp3 players with video support that allow you to transfer tv shows from Tivo. The screen size is bigger than most but the resolution is higher on a PSP, and the screen is twice the size.
As a music player, you really can't beat the video ipod, but if you're looking to buy one and use mainly the video options, a PSP is your best bet.
the resolution is higher on a PSP, and the screen is twice the size.
The price is equally larger, too. People telling you the PSP makes a good video device forget that you have to spend about $100 more on memory if you want to watch anything of regular length at decent quality. My "tiny" 128MB Memory Stick barely holds my save games and a music video. With the iPod you're getting minimum 20GB of space, while the PSP will set you back nearly $400 for 1GB of space.
The price is equally larger, too. People telling you the PSP makes a good video device forget that you have to spend about $100 more on memory if you want to watch anything of regular length at decent quality. My "tiny" 128MB Memory Stick barely holds my save games and a music video.
True, but the PSP utilizes the AVC format. It decreases the file size by about 40-50%. I have a 1GB stick and I can store quite a bit of stuff on it. The Giga Pack was just released, which includes the original PSP bundle, a 1GB stick, and a USB cable. It costs the same as an Ipod video.
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Watch Movies (UMD, tivo, or compress your own DVDs)
Location Free Player (Watch T.V. over the internet with optional base unit)
Watch t.v. shows and music videos
If you just want music, go with the ipod. It's smaller, has WAY better music playback options, and is quick and simple to use.
The PSP is what you want if you're looking for multi-media options go. A lot larger than an ipod video, memory sticks are not included, High resolution widescreen LCD.
I disagree with multi-media on the PSP. When the PSP features a 30 gig hard drive, then I'll change, but use Quicktime Pro and find some movie off of bit torrent and it works very well. Battery life sucks, and that's where the PSP has it beat, but if you don't want to spend money on UMDs or expensive Memory Sticks ontop of the unit's already high price, I'd say iPod (NOT iPod Video, it's just iPod. THE iPod Video is being worked on as a real compeititor to the PSP. This one is just an iPod with video playback.)
so with the iPod video, is it possible to put full length movies on it? Say ones that I have downloaded off the net?
Totally, I have Anchorman. You just need Quicktime Pro (buy for $30, or get, uh, *ahem*, other ways...), open up the movie, and then export to iPod. It'll export the video to iPod format, then open it in iTunes and transfer. I have several TV shows too.
Is there any other way to take video files and put them into iPod format without using Quicktime Pro? Can you just drag a video file into iTunes? I don't know anything about this stuff either as you can see.
No, you need to use a 3rd party program to convert it, then load the converted file.
Windows users have Videora Converter which is slow and often produces videos that are out of sync with their audio. Mac users should try iSquint which claims to be up to 5 times faster than Apple's method and doesn't require QuickTime Pro, either.
For the moment, jumping on the iPod video bandwagon is a lot less messy for Mac users than Windows users.