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FYI- Video Ipod released today

iPod: 30GB/60GB with Video - realtime decoding of MPEG4 and H.264. 260,000 colors. Video out.

Itunes 6 - Music Videos. 2000 available to buy. $1.99 each

Although this sounds like great news all around realize that there is going to be a major downsize. It will become harder and harder to find free videos online as the major labels all switch to the new system of pay-for-play.

fellfromthesky, October 12, 2005 at 8:21:34 PM CEST

oh and also

"Videos have Digital Rights Management built in. Can play on up to 5 computers."

SEFone, October 12, 2005 at 8:26:03 PM CEST

but it might be a nice possibility for independent music and movie-makers to present their work on a much more public level...

najork, October 12, 2005 at 9:05:26 PM CEST

If this allows music videos to generate revenue in of themselves, budgets will go up and labels will commission more.

Aside from a very few people, directing music videos is not currently a very viable way to make a living.

captainmarc22, October 12, 2005 at 9:14:00 PM CEST

this is cool, but if bands can make money selling videos, won't they stop posting them for free online? What will happen to sites like AOL music?

Still - the device will generate a lot of demand for smaller bands to post (free) videos in the ipod format - probably leaning heavily on some of the gimmicky no-name-artist videos (like Kennedy "Ya Mama").

I think it will be overall, a great thing. Any jolt to the music video industry is welcome.

kevathens, October 12, 2005 at 9:38:16 PM CEST

While I can't say anything about the future, for a while services like AOL Music and Yahoo! Music (formerly Launch) will run like normal.

If you didn't hear, Universal Music Group yanked all vids being serviced to regional/internet/cable/etc shows and their programmers unless those people pay $7,500 each year. Launch and AOL should not have any problem paying this. No one I know still knows if the networks (MTV et al) have to pay this to.

Coincidentally UMG's end date for servicing videos is Oct 15th, quite close to this announcement from Apple.

grk, October 12, 2005 at 10:49:18 PM CEST

Music is a bussiness so viedos

but there will always be independent musicians and filmakers doing it for fun and for free

langdonallger, October 13, 2005 at 12:31:36 AM CEST

Didn't want to clog this place up with more non-video posts, and since this is already here I guess this would be the best place to put. Antville was mentioned in Entertainment Weekly.

Also, how do you get those direct quicktime links from AOL Music?

Also, so only a few (I assume, "big name") directors are able to make a living directing videos? Besides taking commercial work, what other means of support would they have? Forgive me, but I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject, though I'd like to move into this line of work someday.

captainmarc22, October 13, 2005 at 1:36:14 AM CEST

ha that's dope. Dickensian hero, I'd assume you'd be proud except you've got another career which makes "famous internet poster" probably seem trite.

Damn I wish they would've mentioned me!!!! Ha ha.

kevathens, October 13, 2005 at 11:32:55 AM CEST

Just because I'm a fact checker.. That piece's author was Purpology's Ryan Dombal, who also writes for Pitchfork; so it's all in the family.

boost, October 13, 2005 at 3:31:58 PM CEST

OK - the deal with labels and videos that is most annoying is that they are making money on videos at the moment by re-packaging them for mobile download. Now ipod will be creating another platform for them to re-package & distribute on and create another revenue stream (for the same product - money for old rope essentially). but but but...the production company (and that includes the director) don't get revenue share at the moment from any of these new distribution channels, all rights are signed off to the label in the contract when the video is made. Labels are of course run like businesses so maximising their profit is central to their ethos. good videos don't necessarily have to cost money but great videos quite possibly do. I agree that independant film makers will always thrive underground and on cool sites like this - but filmmaking is an expensive business and favours and freebies can only last so long....surely?

windfucker, October 13, 2005 at 8:58:08 PM CEST

Someday soon we will have to pay to watch commercials, and we'll like it.

dickensian_hero, October 13, 2005 at 10:54:29 PM CEST

i assumed you would have been mentioned captainmarc. PR is a funny business. it's all about the angle. i'm not worthy i know.

anyway we should ALL FEEL PROUD of antville and the culture of elitism we've created together.

progosk, October 13, 2005 at 11:10:09 PM CEST

yeah, just milling around, waiting for that big aardvark to come & sniff us up

option2r, October 14, 2005 at 4:34:43 AM CEST

i should hope and i predict that this won't fly. videos have always been a promotional tool, be it an artistic one, especially the ones we see here, and should be free. it was a natural step for apple to charge for music videos since apple still maintain that music is more of the important factor. in order for the video ipod to do well, penetrate the market into being a viable entertainment device, there needs to be other sources of content. short ones, small programs, news bits, SNL sketches, video podcasting, etc. charging $2 per video will not last, it's simply a novelty to get this whole thing going.


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