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New technology paves way for video iPod

The Register today is reporting that PortalPlayer, the company that produces the hardware, software, and processor technology behind Apple’s iPod, is planning to launch a “Photo Edition” of its chip/firmware combination. “PortalPlayer Photo Edition will support synchronising digital photos between portable devices and host PCs, along with on-device playback, according to company CEO Gary Johnson, interviewed by EE Times,” notes The Register. While this does not mean Apple will release a photo/video iPod in the future, it does open up that opportunity. Back in October, Wired’s Peter Rojas wrote that Sony should skip trying to create a device to compete with the iPod, and instead focus on building a personal video player (PVP) before Apple introduces a video iPod.

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