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    bboys577

    [1]Jan 30, 2006
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    I haven't purchased a video iPod yet (I have the regular version) - does anyone have any thoughts on those? Creative also has a device that can be used to download television shows...the Zen Vision:M - has anyone had a chance to check that one out?
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    Siesser

    [2]Jan 30, 2006
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    I have a video iPod, which I use to carry most of my anime around with me. I haven't seen or heard anything about zen's player, but I did used to have a Zen Touch, which I loved. I've been lured in by iPod's glitz, though. And iTunes is a Godsend when it comes to playlists. It alone is enough to make me stay with iPods from now on.
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    dju010

    [3]Jan 31, 2006
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    I have an iPod video as well and I like the videos for the iPod. The iTunes videos got an amazing quality on it. I don't know how that is on the Zen, because the videos wouldn't be optimized to it, so I think iPod is the better choice.
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    Blooregard727

    [4]Jan 31, 2006
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    I also have an iPod Video, but I think it really sucks how you can only put WAV or MPEG-4 videos on it. I really think they should support Windows Media files because you have to buy some shareware application to convert them to the right format for the iPod.
    Edited on 01/31/2006 5:17pm
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    Siesser

    [5]Jan 31, 2006
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    Blooregard727 wrote:
    I also have an iPod Video, but I think it really sucks how you can only put WAV or MPEG-4 videos on it. I really think they should support Windows Media files because you have to buy some shareware application to convert them to the right format for the iPod.


    Videora Ipod Converter. It's free, and I use it to convert all my anime and music videos. Give it a try.
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    mikecanada

    [6]Feb 1, 2006
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    I really think they should support Windows Media files


    microsoft would never allow that
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    dju010

    [7]Feb 1, 2006
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    Apple will never allow that. They have their own music format and invested a big amount of money for their h.264 codec.
    And by the way, Blooregard727 your statement shows your lack of technical knowledge. WAV is an audio format and not a video format, it's just a sound format. So no wonder you can't find a tool that converts your video in to that.
    And it's true you can convert your videos with several freeware tools. And I think this way it's far better than for example google videos with their flash movies you can't use on any portable device.
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    Blooregard727

    [8]Feb 1, 2006
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    Siesser wrote:
    Videora Ipod Converter. It's free, and I use it to convert all my anime and music videos. Give it a try.
    Oh thanks. Do you know where I can get it like a link or something?
    Edited on 02/01/2006 11:57am
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    Siesser

    [9]Feb 1, 2006
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    Blooregard727 wrote:
    Siesser wrote:
    Videora Ipod Converter. It's free, and I use it to convert all my anime and music videos. Give it a try.
    Oh thanks. Do you know where I can get it like a link or something?


    Sure. Videora
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    GeorgeFergus

    [10]Feb 2, 2006
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    I'm still waiting until they come out with the widescreen iPod.
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    dju010

    [11]Feb 2, 2006
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    GeorgeFergus wrote:
    I'm still waiting until they come out with the widescreen iPod.

    How you think that would work? The current iPod doesn't offer more space for a bigger display. I think the video glasses have more potential. They are currently extremely expensive.
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    PacManPolarBear

    [12]Feb 8, 2006
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    PQI mPack P800 80GB Portable Media Player

    - supports MPEG4, WMV9 and AC3 formats
    - record directly from TV or FM radio
    - 3.5" TFT LCD screen
    - reads CompactFlash card through its onboard reader
    - support for Memory Stick, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard and SmartMedia cards with optional 4in1 adapter
    - Compatible Format
    Bitmap
    GIF
    JPEG
    MPEG 1
    MPEG 2
    MPEG 4
    Raw Image File

    Got to run on a tester and have since purchased. For sure not to be purchased by any general retailer as you will pay a fortune in mark up. Search around and you can get this one, with every accessory for an equal price to a 60gb Ipod and one or two of its extras.

    Down side is it is not as small, but it hardly matters. Good battery life is a major plus I found. This is for people watching movies and music videos etc.. if your looking more along mp3 players that can toss out video, stick with just an ipod.

    Cheers
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    Edited on 02/08/2006 3:21pm
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    playwert

    [13]Feb 10, 2006
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    how does it record directly from the tv?
    been thinking bout getting one that those
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    killer57

    [14]Feb 13, 2006
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    What about the PSP? Will I be able to download them to my PSP or should I run out and buy an ipod?
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    dju010

    [15]Feb 14, 2006
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    I don't think you can play them on your PSP although the format is almost similar. The PSP doesn't understand the Apple DRM, so I think you're better of with an iPod video...
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    KutieKity

    [16]Mar 14, 2006
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    I love my video iPod. It rules!
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    Kluender

    [17]Mar 30, 2006
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    It's not a video iPod. It's an iPod with video...

    The video iPod is supposed to have a 3.5 inch or 4 inch screen.

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    dju010

    [18]Mar 30, 2006
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    Kluender wrote:
    It's not a video iPod. It's an iPod with video...

    The video iPod is supposed to have a 3.5 inch or 4 inch screen.



    I think the 4 inch screen is just a rumor. When they would add that they would need a battery with three or four times no power in the same size. I don't see that around currently, so I think we'll have to wait for that.
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    NYJOEY

    [19]Apr 10, 2006
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    GeorgeFergus wrote:
    I'm still waiting until they come out with the widescreen iPod.


    Yes! Because we all know that WIDE-SCREEN is better!!

    All my best!

    JOEY
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    WiZZLa_

    [20]Apr 10, 2006
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    dju010 wrote:
    Apple will never allow that. They have their own music format and invested a big amount of money for their h.264 codec.
    And by the way, Blooregard727 your statement shows your lack of technical knowledge. WAV is an audio format and not a video format, it's just a sound format. So no wonder you can't find a tool that converts your video in to that.
    And it's true you can convert your videos with several freeware tools. And I think this way it's far better than for example google videos with their flash movies you can't use on any portable device.


    h.264 isn't Apple's codec, it's actually a standard made by the ITU-T Video group & MPEG; it's an expansion of MPEG-4.

    The better player to buy would be the Creative Zen Vision:M or the Toshiba Gigabeat S, based on their overall better audio & video quality compared to an iPod 5G, plus the extra battery life & better build. They also supports way more codecs, so there is no need to waste time downloading a video, only to have to use a program to transcode it (meaning worse quality.)

    To be honest, the videos you get from iTunes for the 5G iPod (some call it the iPod video) are actually pretty crappy. 320x240 will look crappy on your computer or any other screen that's larger than 2.5" (ie: PSP or a PMP.) Factor in the DRM and you're now locked into a crappy looking iPod video format that won't work on another player if you choose to upgrade.

    edit: If you're looking for a widescreen portable video player that plays mpg, divx, xvid, mp3, etc with a decent battery life (5+ hours for video), check out the Archos AV500, Cowon A2, Viliv P1 (mainly Korean supported), i-Station v43 (Korea only right now) and more listed on http://www.DAPreview.net
    Edited on 04/10/2006 7:09pm
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