Our Spanish Gizmodo cousin woke us up this morning with a bit of news about the iPod Video which was apparently discussed on BBC 6 in some bit of interstitial programming. I'm calling bullshit on this, but take it how you will.
During a broadcast earlier in the day, BBC 6 Music news reported Apple is set to unveil a new video iPod at the BBC Television Centre in London on October the 12th. The company is expected to reveal details of the new MP3 and video player as well as video bundles to be available from the company s iTunes stores.
Luckily, the bit of the broadcast is now missing from BBCs website and folks in Cornwall swear they saw Bigfoot and Jersey Devil run off with miles and miles of audio tape containing tapes of Steve Jobs talking about the new Video iPod while drunk on soju, the confession of the true JFK assassin, and a tripping Chief Justice Roberts talking about how "Green isn't just a color, man, it's an idea."
UPDATES after the jump. UPDATE - So we've got some sort of webpage from Apple South Africa which appears to be the aforementioned Bigfoot holding a TV remote (above).
I know we did the rumours thing with Apple's website and references to videos the other day - but this looks like an interesting one that I just came across.
Following on the BBC/Video iPod 'leak' news, and given I'm a Brit, I tried going to:
which, interestingly, automatically redirects you to:
Which is not what happens with other guessed urls like http://www.apple.com/uk/itunes/anythingelse - which gives you the Looking for something at Apple? page. (This doesn't happen on the main (US) Apple website....)
So I got thinking, the BBC rumours, the link weirdness, the fact that the BBC is under increasing pressure to lessen its dependance on the License Fee...Add to that the fact the BBC is testing Bittorrent TV for the UK market (the can't sell us something we've already 'bought' for a set period...) and the huge demand for original BBC content in external markets, which is hampered by the cost of traditional delivery outside the UK and you have a reasonably compelling case as to why the BBC would be an ideal launch partner for Apple in this market...
So increasingly looks like the BBC will be taking their (massive) digital catalogue to the world via iTunes (or whatever) with UK consumers getting some sort of special treatment (free BBC stuff or the Bittorrent client)...
Or maybe just a fantastic game of Chinese whispers....