TV in your handWatch videos and TV shows on your iPod

13 October 2005

Computer giant Apple has unveiled the latest gadget which it hopes will take the Christmas market by storm - an iPod that plays videos.

The new iPod holds up to 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos or over 150 hours of video which can be viewed on its 2.5 inch colour screen.

The smaller 30GB model will sell for 219 GBP and the larger 60GB will cost just under 300 GBP. Both are available in white or black and could be on sale from as early as the end of next week.

Apple has struck a deal with Disney which will allow American customers to download and watch current and past episodes from hit television shows such as 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Lost'.

Although this feature doesn't yet extend to the UK, Apple says British users will be able to do the same in the near future.

Speaking at the launch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: 'The new iPod is the best music player ever- it's 30 percent thinner and has 50 percent more storage than its predecessor.

'Because millions of people around the world will buy this new iPod to play music, it will quickly become the most popular portable video player in history.'

In conjuntion with the launch Apple has made available more than 2,000 music videos on its online iTunes store which will cost 1.89 GBP each. Users will also be able to download six short films from Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios.