Interesting stuff from the Business 2.0 blog which says it has a Scoop: Disney Considering Teaming Up with Apple on Video iPod:
Today’s a scoop bonanza on Apple’s rumored upcoming video iPods. No sooner did I post an item earlier today on Apple’s plans to make music videos available through iTunes than my fellow B2.0 editor-at-large Paul Sloan shoots me an e-mail saying that he’s confirmed exactly the same thing. But my man Sloan, who wrote our April cover story predicting the video iPod and other upcoming Apple products, says that the content for the video iPod could be more than just music videos. According to him:
Steve Jobs has spoken with Disney President and soon-to-be CEO Bob Iger about ways to license various Disney content for a video iPod, according to an internal Disney email I have obtained. That could include anything from clips from ESPN and ABC News to short cartoons.
There’s then a pointer to an LA Times article about how Microsoft, guess what, wants to get into film downloads too. The B2.0 seems to think that a video iPod would be an absolute competitor to such an idea. I don’t see it that way, actually. What’s pretty clear from the LA Times article is that Microsoft is thinking much bigger, about downloading whole films to ..objects in your living room; Microsoft will control the software controlling the objects. Not really the same as the video iPod at all.
Good stuff by B2.0 to do the proper journalism to back up what everyone figured out – that iTunes’s readiness for music video downloads presages an iPod that can play them too. (Though looking back, I seem to have reckoned that Apple might do a deal with Sony to play music videos from iTunes on the PSP. Hmm, I think I’ll recant that. Apple wants all the money. And I don’t think Sony would want to do the deal.)