iPods rule the world as Apple prepares for another launch

It's official: the iPod is mass-market. In the past three months, Apple has sold an incredible 6.5 million of its little music players, which amounts

It's official: the iPod is mass-market. In the past three months, Apple has sold an incredible 6.5 million of its little music players, which amounts to 220% growth on the same period last year, and takes the total figure of sold iPod to, oooh, somewhere near a billion we'd guess (we're no good at maths, but everyone seems to have one).

The success of the iPod has also helped drive sales of Mac computers – more than 1.2m were sold in the last quarter, which makes for a year-on-year growth of 48%. Good news for Apple, but hardly likely to cause Bill Gates sleepless nights. Still, with record quarterly profits of $430 million from a revenue of $3.8 billion, Apple's success is not to be sniffed at.

But now that everyone has an iPod, what's next for us early adopters? How do we stay ahead of the game? The answer may be revealed tonight, when Steve Jobs makes another new product announcement. We'll be reporting live from the BBC Television Centre, so tune into this site from 6pm to find out what's happening.

Here are our guesses:

• iTunes video download service: 2-1

• 30/60GB video iPod: 3-1

• High-capacity music iPod: 5-1

• iTunes videoblog service (podcasts with pictures): 10-1

• iTime time machine: 100-1

As you've probably guessed, the picture above is a mock-up showing our guess of what a video iPod would look like if it were playing a trailer for the brilliant Batman Begins, which is out soon on DVD

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