Ennui

Another sign that I am officially ancient and incidental: the general idea of watching teevee on a screen the size of a matchbook holds not one single ounce of joy for me.

As a a side note, it was eye-opening to listen to my pals in the book club last night — they kept drifting off into conversations about the teevee shows they watch. Outside of Deadwood (whose trademark cussword has filtered into my daily lingo directed toward HUA drivers) for the first year, I literally watch only sports and movies. And I only “watch” movies, in that glazed-eye, mind-off, end-of-day mode; sports, even the big champeenships, is typically background noise for reading. Sadly, I’m generally reading nothing but airport-rack pot-boiler ‘moiduh’ mysteries, spy novels, and serialized police procedurals. I think my brain is turning (has turned?) into a big bowl of mush. From all this stupid interweb.

Back to the video iPod, though. Is this really necessary? Are people just dying to carry Desperate Housewives around? In the age of practically free TiVo (another technology useless to me), who’s paying $2 for a teevee show? Like I say, I’m sure my mush brain is missing something. But I’m sure glad I didn’t buy an iPod last week.

12 thoughts on “Ennui

  1. I listened to the folks on Marketplace try to hype Apple yesterday with this and all I could do was shake my head. My reading vision is deteriorating rapidly so the idea that I want to try and watch anything that’s 1/4 inch tall on a tv screen is slim and none. And then there’s the content…

    Sad.

  2. I like the iPod because it’s a good music player. Music is something that can work well in a small package, since you just need the player and headphones to enjoy it (and the iPod sounds pretty good, even with those tiny earbuds).

    But having said that, like you, I was wondering what the attraction was of having video on the device. It’s too damn small to truly enjoy the experience, even if there was good content.

    The only good thing I see about the new iPods is that they’ve increased the battery life (on the 60GB model) and made it thinner without increasing the price.

  3. Let me take a wild ass guess that all the commenters here, thus far, are on the north side of age 35.

    As one tech observer, um, observed, he also didn’t understand the attraction of paying for ringtones, but that doesn’t stop people from downloading about a billion of ‘em a year. And guess which demographic is doing all that downloading?

    As for the Desparate Housewives thing, there are actually people in the world who don’t have access to American network TV, but who have access to the interweb (and, specifically, ITMS). Not saying that DH will be the attraction, but there may be more of a demand for that sort of thing outside the USA than we might think.

    The only question I still have is where the 12-21 year old demographic is getting all that spending cash to invest in these gadgets.

  4. Eric, I’m sure there’s some kind of latent demand out there for 2″ video…I just don’t understand it in a world of 60″ HDTV and Tivo. I guess there are a lot of people with massive unstructured time on their hands and no access to their own boob tube.

    This, by the way, explains why I’m sitting here in shorts.

  5. As one tech observer, um, observed, he also didn’t understand the attraction of paying for ringtones, but that doesn’t stop people from downloading about a billion of ‘em a year. And guess which demographic is doing all that downloading?

    As you yourself said, these same kids are going to go out and spend $300 on an iPod? Or convince the same parents that got a free phone when they bought two and signed up for a family share minutes program do spend it?

    If they manage to increase the resolution of the programming currently available and provide a way to port the signal to a TV I can see it being viable, but I’m not buying it.

  6. Actually, I’m pretty sure Apple gets that, which is why it was a feature rolled out across the entire full-size iPod line at once, rather than having a “video iPod” option like they did with the Photo iPod. This is an incrimental thing. The chip has always had a video capability; this seems to be the first time Apple has said, “the screen is (just) good enough, so lets flip the switch and turn it on. Some people will like it.”

    Hell, I’m betting there is going to be a hell of a market for people putting the Dancing Baby and the Hamster Dance videos on it. (I actually saw Dancing Baby on one of these LED marquee things on a hotel sign on 183 coming back from DFW last week. I shit you not.)

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