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Apple to Launch Video iPod

12 Oct, 2005 By: Holly J. Wagner

Apple has launched its much-rumored video iPod, a handheld player with a 2-1/2-inch screen, and is luring legal downloaders with the tagline "Your 24-7 Video Store" at the front door of the iTunes download store.

Content for the device, including music videos and five TV shows from ABC, will be available for purchase at the iTunes online store.

The video iPod will come in two models, one with a 30-GB hard drive for $299 and one with a 60-GB hard drive for $399. The storage capacity means the 60-GB model can hold up to 15,000 songs, or up to 150 hours of video, according to Apple, which also offers an optional dock that lets users connect to a TV with an s-video cable and play the content on a regular TV set.

Shows available for download include full seasons of Disney/ABC's "Lost," "Desperate Housewives" and "That's So Raven," plus individual episodes of “Night Stalker” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.” Episodes will be available the day after they air for $1.99 each. Users can also buy an episode or music video and send it to a friend as a gift.

Also available are the Pixar shorts Tin Toy, Geri's Game, For the Birds and three others.

Users can watch 20-second previews before buying, organize their videos into playlists and can play their videos on up to five computers, according to Apple.

A note at the iTunes front door also says users will be able to get "exclusive videos you won't find anywhere else."

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