While reading all this iTunes video store talk, I couldn’t help but think we in the Mac HTPC community may be getting worked up over nothing (for now).
It’s obvious (to me at least) that this is intended for a Video iPod, I used the word video and not movie intentionally. Granted a high quality 3 minute video clip of a song, may weigh in at less than 30-50 MB’s but think about a full length movie for a second, assuming this really is the year of HD at Apple, even with QT7 encoding, a movie could easily top out over several Gigabytes.
I think its safe to say a “video” iPod is in the works, but the oft rumored Apple video delivery service at least as HTPC users imagine it, lacks one thing, several actually, but no-doubt a mini capable of playing back QT7 files without dropping frames is a must. I’ve read several reports of revision B mini’s that might be introduced as early as June or July, but none of those reports indicated any plans for a G5 mini were in the works.
I’d love nothing more than Apple to introduce a QT-HD movie download service, but given the fact that the current crop of Apple’s beefy enough to play such files, are hardly stealth enough to place on a shelf under a television, I’d have to assume the only video delivery we’ll see from Apple this year, will be just that “videos” meant for playback on the desktop and later on a yet to be introduced “Video iPod”. This is one time however; I’d be elated to be wrong.