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Video Killed the Radio Star: Video on Your iPod nano or classic

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Scott Kelby shows you how to do cool things with video on your iPod nano or classic, including buy, rent, or download video, watch video, move files around, and shoot video on your nano.
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itune-button.jpg Okay, I admit the title for this chapter, a chapter on using video (TV shows, movies, and music videos) on your iPod, is just too obvious. But this song, lame as it was (is), has an important place in pop music history, for it was in fact this song that was the first video ever played on MTV. That’s right, when MTV first aired, they aired the music video for the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Now, if you’ve never heard this song, it’s worth downloading from the iTunes Store and listening to (once) in iTunes. However, I don’t recommend listening to it while driving (if you have your iPod connected to your car audio system), because it will subconsciously make you want to drive your car straight into the nearest stationary object. But, besides being a catchy-sounding name for this chapter, how does this song title relate to what’s in this chapter? Well, it actually relates to a real-life story. I was producing a radio podcast (along with my cohorts, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski) called “Photoshop Radio” and each week we’d share Photoshop tips along with some of the lamest attempts at humor ever recorded digitally. However, when video podcasting came along, and Apple made iPods with video playback capabilities, we killed the radio show and started Photoshop® User TV. So, in effect, video killed our radio podcast. Now, I know what you want to ask, “Okay, that makes sense, but how does your real-life story relate to this chapter?” Actually, I was hoping you wouldn’t ask that.

Buying and Renting Movies from the iTunes Store

Start by clicking on the iTunes Store link on the left side of iTunes, then click on the Movies link at the top of the Store homepage to take you to the main Movies page (if you already know which type of movie you’re looking for, instead click to the right of Movies, and a pop-up menu of genres will appear so you can jump to the genre you want). As you scroll down the page, you’ll see new videos, free videos, and a number of different categories highlighted (and a list of top sellers and rentals on the right). Click on any cover to see more about a movie—you can watch the trailer there, too (click the View Trailer button). If you want to buy the movie, click the Buy Movie button (the price is right on the button), and it will be downloaded onto your computer (and copied over onto your iPod the next time you sync it). If the movie can be rented, you’ll also see a Rent Movie button with a lower price (it’s a 30-day rental, but once you start watching it, you have 24 hours from that point to watch it as many times as you’d like—on your computer or on your iPod).

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