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Apple Makes Big iPod Announcement on the Day of Zune Release


By: Spacelab Research Staff

MP3 for the jetset... now you can take the iPod with you on a plane AND plug it into the TV monitor on the seat in front of you. Air France, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, KLM and United Airlines are all in on the deal. You can also plug the iPod in during the flight, saving precious battery time. Nice.

Why did they announce this now, I wonder? Could it be because Microsoft's Zune player just launched on November 14th? I think so.

It sounds like a cool idea, but I think it will take bigger news than that to steal the thunder from the Zune release, no matter how tepid the player might be and how underwhelming the PR campaign might be for Zune. I almost feel sorry for them with how hard they've tried, and how mixed to negative the response is. But hey! This is about the iPod thing...

So you can't get a meal on a flight, and beverages are expensive, and they've phased out the little bags of 15 peanuts, and you have to pay to watch TV that would be free if you were on the ground. But you get a bigger screen to watch iPod video on! Not a bad idea.

This also follows with Apple working with Ford, General Motors and Mazda to allow iPod players to plug into their vehicles. Apple is also trying to hammer out a deal with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to get the capability on more planes in the future. Who knew the next big thing in digital media would be airline flights? I'm waiting for streetlights next, actually. I've found that there's a big need to watch video while waiting for the light to change when crossing the street. And I just need a bigger screen while doing that.

“There is no better traveling companion than an iPod, and now travelers can power their iPods during flight and even watch their iPod movies and TV shows on their seat back displays,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing.

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