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Video iPod / Portable Video Players
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VOIP Home Theater Network Block Diagram

Apple’s Video iPod

Apple’s iPods has quickly become the “in thing” to have. Their slick easy–to–use interface along with its large amount of memory and long battery life have all contributed to its growth in popularity. The natural progression from MP3 player to video player has led to Apple’s newest version of its iPod. Nicknamed “Video iPod,” the latest iPod has the following features:
  • 2.5 inch diagonal LCD
  • 320 x 240 pixels resolution
  • 30 GB, 60 GB, or 80 GB storage space
  • Plays MPEG-4 and H.264 video in M4V, MOV, and MP4 formats
  • Plays AAC, MP3, WAV, and AIFF audio
  • Displays JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD, and PHG photos
  • 60 GB battery life
    • video: 3 hours
    • audio: 20 hours
    • slide shows: 4 hours
  • NTSC video output with stereo sound
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Mac and Windows compatible
Video iPod

The video iPod can connect to your Home Theater Network with an audio / video cable. The cable provides two analog audio interconnects and a composite video interconnect. Keep in mind that videos for iPods come in SD, so it might not look clear on your HDTV. Video files can be purchased from Apple’s iTunes store, and come at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Video resolutions at 480 x 480 in .mov, .m4v, and .mp4 formats are also supported by the Video iPod. Lastly, Tivo provides the ability to transfer video files from its Tivo DVR to the video iPod. See this link for more information.

Video iPod’s rival include:

Video iPod Connection
 

Toshiba Gigabeat

  • 2.4 inch diagonal LCD
  • 320 x 240 pixels resolution
  • 30 GB or 60 GB of storage space
  • Composite video / analog audio output
  • USB 2.0 port
  • FM tuner
  • Window’s Portable Media Center
  • Plays WMV video
  • Plays MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, and WAV audio
  • Displays JPEG photos
  • Battery life:
    • video: 2.5 hours
    • audio: 12 hours
  • Connects with Xbox 360
  • Works with Windows, but not with Mac
  • Syncs with Microsoft Outlook
  • TivoToGo compatible
Toshiba Gigabeat at Onecall.com

Microsoft Zune

Rumored Specs:
  • 3.0 inch diagonal LCD
  • 320 x 240 pixels resolution
  • 30 GB of storage space
  • Composite video / analog audio output
  • USB 2.0 port
  • FM tuner
  • 802.11 wireless capabilities
  • DJ feature – stream music/pics to friends
  • Connects with Xbox 360
  • Possible VOIP capabilities
  • Window’s Portable Media Center
  • Plays WMV video
  • Plays MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, and WAV audio
  • Displays JPEG photos
  • Battery life:
    • video: 2.5 hours
    • audio: 12 hours
  • Works with Windows, but not with Mac
  • Syncs with Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Zune
 

Creative Zen Vision :M

  • 2.5 inch diagonal LCD
  • 320 x 240 pixels resolution
  • 30 GB of storage space
  • Composite video / analog audio output
  • USB 2.0 port
  • FM tuner
  • Voice recorder
  • Plays MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, DivX, XviD, video
  • Plays MP3, WMA, and WAV audio
  • Displays JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF photos
  • Battery life:
    • video: 4 hours
    • audio: 14 hours
  • Works with Windows, but not with Mac
  • Syncs with Microsoft Outlook
  • TivoToGo compatible
Creative Zen Vision :M
 

iRiver Clix

  • 2.2 inch diagonal LCD
  • 320 x 240 pixels resolution
  • 2 GB of storage space
  • USB 2.0 port
  • FM tuner
  • Plays MPEG-4 videos at 15 fps
  • Plays MP3 and WMA
  • Displays JPEG photos
  • Battery life: 25 hours max
  • Works with Windows
  • Voice Recorder
  • Plays flash games
  • Alarm clock feature
iRiver Clix