Apple Computer said on Monday that it has sold more than 1 million videos in the 19 days since it launched its video iPod and started selling TV shows, short films and a wider assortment of music videos.
I guess I am one in a million. I did buy one, but do not have a video capable ipod. I am looking forward to the day when I have enough videos that I can just put on at random during a party or some such and let it run on the computer screen.
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I think the big question should be, how many of those 1 million videos are music videos? and how many are actual TV shows?
Plus, how many of those videos are actually being played on a new iPod? Or are they just being played on a Mac without the owner owning a new iPod?
The numbers are deceiving, comments can't be made on how this news reflects the technology of the new iPods in my opinion. All it proves is, that people want to download video content and actually pay for it, but which sold more? Music videos or TV shows? I mean people have been downloading video content for years now using P2P or the ever popular BitTorrent, so it isn't anything new.
I hope Apple releases a break down of the numbers in the near future so we can see what content is sold more, and perhaps who is using the content and on what hardware i.e. iPod, Mac or both?
Without requiring everyone to stipulate what their intended use is for the videos prior to downloading them, how is Apple going to know what people are doing with them? Given that the G5 iPods were not really available for the first week after the launch of iTunes 6, I would guess most people downloaded for use on their Macs or PCs. But that fraction will change. I'm not sure 1 million downloads is that impressive though. I downloaded a couple of videos simply because I didn't have the song and a buck more for the video seemed like a good deal (I don't have a G5 iPod). Plus, you can view the videos in Front Row.....
My statement was to reflect the above posters who said nobody wanted to watch video on their iPod. Which I replied with how do we know which customers bought what and for what? We might never know and that is why the numbers really don't tell us anything in regards to the new iPod, but they do tell us that people are willing to PAY for video source downloads.
Yes, you guys are right that there's no indication that G5 iPod users are the majority of video purchasers, and no indication of a breakdown between music videos, TV shows and Pixar shorts.
I was just having a little fun with the old conventional wisdom that the market was not at all ready for such a service. One million isn't a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, but remember that it took some time for the first million songs to be downloaded from iTunes...I don't remember just how long it was, but I'll bet it would look like a ridiculously long time to us in retrospect.
Also, I think there is real interest in video/TV on the iPod, if you consider stories like this:
<a href="http://apple.slashdot.org/apple/05/10/30/1356226.shtml?tid=129&tid=176" target=_blank>Automated TiVo to iPod Formatting</a>
<a href="http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/10/17/221230&tid=176&tid=17" target=_blank>ABC Affiliates Grapple With TV-Show Downloads</a>
Edit: err, of course that second one isn't relevant to my point...but at least the first one is!