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Watch video on your iPod

You can now watch video on your iPod. Okay, so you have to install iPod Linux, there’s no sound, only uncompressed AVI files work and everything’s in monochrome unless you have an iPod Photo, but it’s a start. In any case, it’s a work in progress.
The iPod Linux project does look really interesting – it already offers improved voice recording and in future should expand the range of audio formats that the iPod supports. Their blog is well worth subscribing to if you want to keep up to date with what’s happening.


  1. I might try this on my old iPod now that I’ve upgraded!

  2. No doubt, despite saying that there’s no need for one, Mr Jobs will announce a video iPod *eventually* 😉

  3. I’m sorry but i still don’t see the point in portable video. Most people only listen to walkmans, ipods whatever whilst walking around. If you were to watch video whilst on the move there would be an awful lot of people walking into lamp-posts.
    There are too few people using public transport for a video iPod to be successful, and as for the jet-set, well something with a bigger screen such as a 12″ iBook would be a lot more suitable for watching a flik.
    Also, i’ve read from a couple of places, that the HD’s in iPods, especially the mini would be unable to withstand the wear-and-tear from the constant access required for video. After a couple of hours constant use they would be damaged beyond repair.

  4. I had a go at it Neil. You should give it a try there doesn’t seem to be any risk.

  5. I’d prefer to wait for the official release for 4G and iPod Minis – they aren’t officially supported yet.

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