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Video iPod - Under the hood

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By: Steve Dougherty from Oct 20, 2005 @ 2:37 CDT

The ArsTechnica crew have just finished reviewing Apple's latest iPod member in the "Video iPod". As well as going over the finer details behind all of its functionalities, they also dissect one to see how the physical build quality shapes up. Well worth reading if you're considering the purchase of one of these puppies.

A lot of questions were raised by the tech crowd about the new iPod: what types of video would it play? What happened to the iPod photo? Why release a new iPod so soon after the nano? What's the battery life? What does the video output look like on a TV? Are TV shows really watchable on such a tiny screen? Does it scratch as easily as the iPod nano? Those were just a few of the questions I was barraged with when I told people I had gotten my hands on the new iPod, and were more than enough to warrant a discussion on the topic.

I hope to answer as many questions as possible in this article. I'm first going to explain just what exactly is different between these new fifth-generation iPods and their predecessors and then move into how the device performs at its new task, playing video content.