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2005 review MP4 The story In 2005, the iPod was appropriated by clueless celebs, soccer moms and dull middle-aged ‘style’ journos, forcing us true ga

2005 review MP4

The story In 2005, the iPod was appropriated by clueless celebs, soccer moms and dull middle-aged ‘style’ journos, forcing us true gadgeteers to look elsewhere for our technofix. The logical next step from MP3 is MP4 – highly compressed digital video that can be stored on portable hard drives and watched on the move.

The highs Apple’s iPod video inevitably started the world talking about video-on-the-go, but in truth the display is too small for viewing long films. The iTunes Music Store, however, is the perfect distribution system for video content – and we’re not just talking about the overpriced music videos and US-only TV shows on sale. It’s home-made video podcasts (as well as full-length movies) that will drive MP4 in 2006. 

The lows We’re still waiting for a proper movie download service in the UK. Draconian copyright legislation means you could go to jail for ripping a movie off a DVD, even if you own the disc. And new technology is even threatening our ability to record off the TV. What, exactly, are we allowed to watch on the move?

Digital video player of the year Creative’s Zen Vision family spanks the iPod when it comes to video playback, but there’s another device with an even better screen and much more movie content. First prize must go to the glorious Sony PSP.

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