On My Wishlist: iPod Studio

by Thomas Beutel

I’ve been thinking more about Roughly Drafted’s iPod Blogger idea and I’ve come up with a list of what I would like to see in an iPod that can serve as a blogging platform:WIFIMicrophoneCamera to take pictures and video.Built-in studio. The ability to record audio and/or video, and do some minimal editing.Ability to upload podcasts/vidcasts/pictures to my blog, .Mac, etc.Ability to upload pictures to Flickr, etc.Ability to upload video to YouTube, etc.Ability to send any of these to an email address, as a linkAbility to download podcasts/vidcasts automaticallyAbility to comment on podcasts/vidcasts and upload those to my blogUpload and download whenever I’m in range of a WIFI signal – in other words, don’t wait for me, just do it!I would flip over an iPod like this! The more I think about it, the more I want one now. Apple could make it work, and work elegantly and simply. Unfortunately, I think the focus for the iPod is still music player and not enough consideration is given to the possibility of it being a two-way device.I know that there are cell phones that have some of these capabilities, but it seems to me that cellphones are crippled. Crippled by being associated with the cell phone network, and not being free to use WIFI.Over time as something like this catches on, I think this would dramatically increase the amount of material posted to .Mac, YouTube, Flicker. This is goodness.