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iPodpedia: The Ultimate iPod and iTunes Resource by Michael Miller

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Chapter 11Videos

The 30GB and 80GB fifth-generation iPods do more than just play music. The 5G iPods are full-featured media players, meaning they can play back both audio and video programming—movies, TV shows, and the like.

Watching video programming on the go is great, especially if you’re a daily commuter, taking a long-distance trip, or just have a lot of free time on your hands. Read on to learn how to use your iPod for video viewing—and learn how to find and download videos for your iPod.

Understanding iPod Video

The 5G iPod is compatible with a limited number of video file formats, using two specific video codecs—MPEG-4 and H.264. Table 11.1 provides the details.

Table 11.1. iPod Video Codecs

In other words, the iPod can play videos ...

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