February 28, 2006
Dear CNET members,
As you've probably noticed, Lee isn't writing the newsletter this week--but don't panic! I'm happy to announce that he and his wife are having a baby, possibly at this very moment. He'll be back in a few weeks, and in the meantime, he's asked me to manage this newsletter, so here we go.
Today, Apple hosted an event to announce some "fun, new products." Many experts guessed that another iPod flavor would be unveiled, but Steve Jobs instead announced a new Intel-based Mac Mini as well as some interesting iPod stereo accessories. So it looks like we'll have to wait to see what new innovations the next round of iPods will offer--but that doesn't mean we can't start guessing now. What will the next generation of iPods look like? What new functionality will they offer? My guess is that the next video iPod will have a much bigger and touch-sensitive display. But, more importantly, what do you think? Check out our discussion in the Make Some Noise forum and tell us what iPod innovations
you see in your crystal ball!
This week's hot topic:
What's next for the iPod?
Many of us have been pining away for an iPod with recordable audio, a built-in FM tuner, and several other MP3 player must-haves. But mostly, we just can't wait to see what new innovations the next version of the popular player will offer. Here are a few of the interesting predictions that were made in a recent Make Some Noise discussion.
Make more moving pictures
CNET member liquidrums is dreaming of an iPod that offers a widescreen display that doesn't allow smudges or scratches. More importantly, he'd like to see iTunes be able to digitize and load up his entire DVD collection into his player.
Read liquidrums' full post in Make Some Noise
Bring on the triPod
CNET member CppSolutions is dreaming big about a version of the iPod he calls the "triPod." Among his extensive wish list, he'd like the device to play DVDs, satellite radio, and regular broadcast television. He'd also like the device to sport GPS-mapping capabilities.
Read CppSolutions' post in Make Some Noise
Start a sing-along
CNET member daveworld has one simple request: add Wi-Fi to the mix. He'd like to be able to create and wirelessly share custom-made playlists with other iPod owners.
Read daveworld's post in Make Some Noise
Make Some Noise!
What cool new features do you think the next round of iPods will have? Check out this recent discussion in our Make Some Noise area, and let us know what you think!
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Apple's fun new products unveiled
Another "big" announcement from Apple has come and gone, but did it live up to the hype? In his latest blog entry, James Kim describes the new products that were revealed today. Read about them and tell us what you think.
Toshiba's plan to beat Blu-ray
In his latest Full Equipped column, David Carnoy describes how Toshiba hopes to win the next-gen DVD format wars--by getting to market earlier and cheaper than Blu-ray technology. Do you have a favorite of the two formats? How far does the price need to come down before you will consider buying? TalkBack to us.
Tell us your Oscar picks
Champagne is being stocked, limos are getting tune-ups, and the red carpet is ready to be rolled out, all for the Oscars this Sunday. There's a lot of buzz going around about who will win, but what do you think? Let us know in our discussion--and check out trailers of the nominated films while you're there.
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