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Old 01-22-2008, 11:49 AM
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can you rent a movie from the touch?

or do you have to rent it at your pc itunes then transfer it to the touch?
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You can only rent movies from iTunes on your computer at the moment. Movies would probably take too long to download to the device.

At the moment, you can only download music from the iTunes WiFi store. Hopefully they will add podcast and music video support in future updates.



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Old 01-22-2008, 03:08 PM
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You can only rent movies from iTunes on your computer at the moment. Movies would probably take too long to download to the device.

At the moment, you can only download music from the iTunes WiFi store. Hopefully they will add podcast and music video support in future updates.
downloading movies to the ipod would take the same amount of time as downloading them with your PC.
I personally would really like that feature. imagine being at a friends house and you are bored or something, so you just take out your ipod, rent a movie, connect it to the tv and there you go ...
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downloading movies to the ipod would take the same amount of time as downloading them with your PC.
I personally would really like that feature. imagine being at a friends house and you are bored or something, so you just take out your ipod, rent a movie, connect it to the tv and there you go ...
Depending on the internet connection it could be faster on a wired computer. The touch only has g Wifi built in currently.

But being able to do it, would rock the big one.

Note that you can also rent movies directly from an Apple TV. This is the only place currently to get HD content, though HD content can't be moved from the apple TV like SD content.




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Old 01-22-2008, 04:28 PM
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You can only download songs through the iPod Touch.
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:27 PM
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You can only download songs through the iPod Touch.
Well yeah but not videos as the OP asked. I really think that if Apple wants to step things up that they should fully unlock the iTunes Store with the iPhone and iPod touch. That way we have access to everything the store has to offer making the iPod touch a true wireless portable. We still need a computer for videos and podcasts.



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Honestly, I don't think it makes any sense at this time if you do the math...

#1 - Movies run anywhere from 1-2GB depending on the length (my copy of Pirates of the Carribean 2 is like 1.6GB).
#2 - You'd be downloading over Wi-Fi meaning its gonna be slower than over your computer for the most part. And godforbid you walk out of range or lose signal during the download.
#3 - In addition to being slower than your computer, Wi-Fi burns the battery FAST. I think BlackWolf ran the test and it came in at only 2-3 hours of Wi-Fi...

So, by the time you download the movie to your iPod Touch, you won't have enough battery left to actually watch it. At which point you'd be plugging in to charge anyways so why not just pull it from your computer?

Figure a good portion of the time the download will FAIL which means it'd have to be downloaded on your computer anyways which means you just wasted a fair amount of bandwidth that Apple's paying for.

Honestly, it just doesn't make good business sense until they add 802.11n and better battery life on Wi-Fi...



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Old 01-22-2008, 06:37 PM
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how does the renting work? once its on your ipod how do they take it away
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:41 PM
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The next time you synced it would probably be deleted. Not sure though
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:46 PM
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when you rent a movie you can keep it on your computer/ipod unwatched for up to 30 days. When you start watching it it will be deleted after 24 hours.
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Honestly, I don't think it makes any sense at this time if you do the math...

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#2 - You'd be downloading over Wi-Fi meaning its gonna be slower than over your computer for the most part. And godforbid you walk out of range or lose signal during the download.
#3 - In addition to being slower than your computer, Wi-Fi burns the battery FAST. I think BlackWolf ran the test and it came in at only 2-3 hours of Wi-Fi...

So, by the time you download the movie to your iPod Touch, you won't have enough battery left to actually watch it. At which point you'd be plugging in to charge anyways so why not just pull it from your computer?

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Actually 802.11g runs at 56Mbps whereas most cable and DSL systems run between 1.5 and 30Mbps so WiFi is actually faster. Since a WiFi connection is usually made through a broadband connection you're still limited by the broadband connection, not WiFi. Couple that with a download to the computer and then a sync to the iPod and it could take some time to get it onto the Touch. Also, I may not be at my computer and would like to watch a movie so making a connection at the airport or a local WiFi spot would be convenient.

Battery life may be an issue as a 2GB file transfer over a 1.5Mbps DSL line will take just a little over 3 hours. Of course most DSL and Cable connections run 2-4 times faster than 1.5Mbps. At 6Mbps your down to about 45 mins.
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first of all, it is not a good idea to download movie to iphone or touch because space is not bigger like ipod classic. second, it takes too much time. your battery will be drain so faster. but if Apple has a plan to do, it will be music videos, TV shows.

you can move rented movies from itunes to device or device to itunes when you connect. remember. it's not copy like purchased movies. it's transfer.

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I cannot understand why anyone would even pay for these rentals it amazes me how popular they seem to be around here...what a complete and utter rip off. $4 for a new release for 24 hrs when you can get one from blockbuster for $3 for much longer or go to a redbox for $1 for 24 hrs.

Its just ridiculous the asking price, now had new releases been $1.50 I would consider it..$4 I'll pass.



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I cannot understand why anyone would even pay for these rentals it amazes me how popular they seem to be around here...what a complete and utter rip off. $4 for a new release for 24 hrs when you can get one from blockbuster for $3 for much longer or go to a redbox for $1 for 24 hrs.

Its just ridiculous the asking price, now had new releases been $1.50 I would consider it..$4 I'll pass.
yeah, I would never rent from itunes. that's why renting from the ipod would be cool. since you could rent from everywhere anytime it would make sense. of course only if you could watch while you download.

as for battery draining: well, it would last for one movie and you could just use a ac adapter if you have one. would work for me.
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I cannot understand why anyone would even pay for these rentals it amazes me how popular they seem to be around here...what a complete and utter rip off. $4 for a new release for 24 hrs when you can get one from blockbuster for $3 for much longer or go to a redbox for $1 for 24 hrs.

Its just ridiculous the asking price, now had new releases been $1.50 I would consider it..$4 I'll pass.
You'd be surprised the price people pay for convenience, though.

Imagine someone's at home with kids and instead of going through the following hassles:
-Round the kids up
-Warm the car up (it's winter here)
-Drive the slippery roads to the nearest blockbuster.
-Weave your way through stinky dirtballs looking for a movie or two.
-Go on a hunt since one of your kids wandered off.
-Wait in line for 10 minutes because the employees are idiots.
-Go home and finally watch movie.
-Have to drop it off sometime over the next couple days.

Instead, of this, we click the mouse a few times to start a download and start watching from the comfortable position I'm already in.

Start to see the picture? For someone who only rents once in a while, which do you think they would prefer?
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