A few days ago, to much oohing and aaahing, Steve Jobs released the first-ever video-playing iPod.
Or did he?
It turns out the open-source community may have beaten him to it. The fine folks who are hard at work porting Linux to the iPod managed to run video on an iPod Photo more than a month before Jobs’ big announcement.
That gladdens the hearts of those of us who bought our iPods a scant month or two before Steve mounted the stage. (You’ll never convince me that my purchase didn’t somehow trigger the whole thing.)
Similarly, the news from late in the summer that Linux-based audio recording is now enabled on late-model iPods warms various and sundry cockles. While this has been possible on earlier models for some time, I’m still champing at the bit to plug in my mic (okay, mic and preamp…) and start recording. Especially since Tod Maffin tells us that the video iPod will record stereo sound at 44.1 kHz.
So how long before I’m recording belches and armpit noises with my iPod Photo? A while yet. iPod Linux is still unsupported on fourth-generation iPods and their photo siblings, and may cause them to… let’s see, what does the FAQ say?… spontaneously melt into sad little gleaming white puddles.
You have been warned…