updated 05:25 pm EDT, Mon October 17, 2005
While it has made a strong first step into online video distribution with iTunes 6, downloadable television episodes, and the video iPod, . One New York Times columnist says that there are several obstacles in Apple's efforts to change the face of video distribution, including other more advanced mobile devices for entertainment, concerns over DRM protection of content, and the lack of a "video piracy problem, according the report: "Of course, probably the biggest factor working against the instant success of a video iPod is that the video world has yet to experience the copyright-infringement meltdown that the music industry did a year or two ago, when millions of people were swapping songs free rather than buying CD's in stores. There are no bogeymen like the original, illegal Napster or Kazaa to bring everyone to Mr. Jobs's table - at least, not yet. Rather, as more people get high-speed connections to their homes, Mr. Jobs is positioning his new device as a pre-emptive strike against pirates and file-sharers."