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New and Noteworthy: Video iPods coming?; Microsoft, Disney partner on digital media

New and Noteworthy: Video iPods coming?; Microsoft, Disney partner on digital media

Video iPods coming? A ZDNet article speculates that Apple may already be working on a video iPod, but points out some possible pitfalls "Engineering a portable device is much more difficult for video than for audio. A movie file's resolution, frame rate, codec, dimensions, and so on complicate compatibility, and enjoying video on the go is harder. Loading a PVP requires onerous file conversion, and you have to view the content on a fairly small screen." More.

Microsoft, Disney partner on digital media CNET reports Microsoft and Walt Disney have struck an alliance that will see the two companies cooperating to develop digital media content and delivery systems, the companies announced Monday. "While containing little in the way of specifics, the deal solidifies one of the software giant's key Hollywood relationships, which it views as critical to the future of its audio and video software platform. A Microsoft executive said the two companies would be working increasingly close together on topics ranging from high-definition film to digital rights management." More.

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