Digital Culture

Mmm…4th generation

Appleinsider just published this story on the possible upcoming 4th generation iPod. Short list of coolness:

  • 5o gig hard drive
  • COLOR screen, with possible MPG or Quicktime capabilities, and the ability to view JPG’s
  • a video jack to connect to TV (not sure why we’d need this, but…)

Tech always gets better/cheaper if you wait, but this may push my technolust into hyperdrive. Color, MPG playback, JPG viewing, and a 5o gig hardrive in the iPod formfactor? Sign me up.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

One reply on “Mmm…4th generation”

There is very much a good reason for the color display and the Video output. If you were to research the OLCD [low power consumption] screens you
would realize that it makes sence in the logical progression of the iPod. The biggest feat will be when we have all the following features in one
device. Audio,Video,Navigation,PDA,Phone,PocketPC,WiFi, & iPod 4th Gen features all wrapped up into ONE!!!

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