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Apple unleashes the sexy.

So, Steve Jobs has announced AppleTV and the iPhone during his Macworld keynote. (You can watch the entire keynote address here.)

You know, iHate proprietary music formats. iHate iTunes and the whole iDea of them encouraging people to spend about $2000 (in 99 cent increments...) to fill up an 8 GB iPod with digital music files that they really don't "own" in any real or permanent sense.  But that said, AppleTV and the iPhone would both *theoretically* deliver some rather needed solutions for someone like me, with the following provisos:

AppleTV:
I don't give a crap about downloading or playing a single, solitary goddamn thing from the iTunes store, but according to Apple, it will also play:
640 by 480, 30 fps, LC version of Baseline Profile; 320 by 240, 30 fps, Baseline profile up to Level 1.3; 1280 by 720, 24 fps, Progressive Main Profile. MPEG-4: 640 by 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile

And for $299, it's fairly reasonably priced. Sounds good, kinda... but assuming you're like me, and you regularly download foriegn broadcasts, anime, and video in all sorts of formats, what kind of obsticles will you potentially face? Will you have to muss around with codecs or subtitles? Will you have to convert everything over to formats that Apple's box won't choke on? What about issues like firmware? Will the box wirelessly keep itself automatically updated? 

Perhaps those of you with video iPods might already know the answers to some of these questions, and might have possible solutions / workarounds that you use. If so, I'd like to hear 'em.

iPhone:
So, basically, an iPhone is a:
- Phone. (Exclusively on Cingular, it appears.) 
- Voicemail center. (That allows you to listen to only the messages you want. Nice touch.)
- iPod. (With audio and video playback; 4 or 8 GB models at $499 and $599, respectively.)
- Text messaging device.
- Calendar.
- Photo browser.
- Camera.
- Calculator.
-  Device which will support widgets, such as weather, stocks, etc.
- Mapping service. (Tightly integrated with Google Maps.)
- Notepad.
- Clock.
- Email device.
- Web browser.
- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)

That's a helluva lot, really. And it has an amazing, large display, and web browsing software that makes using the web on a mobile phone actually a usable experience. (Check out the iPhone videos to see its features in use.)

Impressive -- albeit expensive -- phone. But only Cingular?! Bad, bad, bad.

Personally, I have nothing against Cingular. I certainly don't care for the locked in, hobbled nature of Verizon phones. But the thing is, I don't have Verizon because I like them. I have Verizon because we have a special deal for a multiple phone household which saves us money.

Ultimately, that's Apple's biggest downfall... something I'm surprised they didn't learn from Microsoft's similar failings.. Their products and software are still exclusive, and not particularly inclusive. Their products work the way they'd like me to work... ideally in ways which tend to profit Apple. They don't, however, work the way I want to work neccesarily. And ultimately, that's what it"s all about.

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