iPorn and iHate?
SAN FRANCISCO - Purveyors of porn and entrepreneurs who spied a niche when Apple Computer Inc. unveiled its video-playing iPod are proving that sex even sells in tiny packages — especially when it is portable.
One online social network of amateur pinup girls said it logged 500,000 downloads of the sexy "featurettes" — three- to five-minute video clips — in the first 24 hours targeting the new iPod-toting crowd.
It's a no-brainer: pornography to go.
The naughtiness is already finding its way into video handhelds through business models tried-and-true — along with some new ones — as the adult entertainment industry works to untether video content.
Soon enough, skin flicks whose viewing has been largely restricted to the privacy of homes and theaters could be on view in the open public of parks and mass transit, for all ages to see.
Adam Curry, president of PodShow Inc., said this week's announcement of the new video iPod from Apple Computer (AAPL: 61.15, -0.70, -1.1%) sets the stage for more big changes in media.
"Porn is just going to be huge," he told listeners to his Daily Source Code podcast this week. "The porn guys are just going, 'holy moly,' " -- in gratitude for the new market that's opened up to them.
But adult material is only one facet of new commercial opportunities, that Curry foresees. As an example, he said that "video dating should happen. A video dating feed. That's also a form of podcasting."
While it's not so surprising (at least not to anyone aware of the history of video and the web) that the porn industry would embrace the new video iPod so fast what did surprise me is that porn providers are not the only dubious content providers getting in on the act. Hate groups and white supremacist music providers are now providing content for the video iPod. Remember a while back, when I mentioned Prussian Blue, the cute perky 13-year-old blonde twins who are happy to model Hitler T-shirts and whose racist and white nationalist songs have made them the darlings of the white power movement? Well, it turns out that they're selling iTunes/iPod-compatible videos for their racist songs for $1.99 each on their website.
As much as I love my iPod (4th generation, 60 GB), without a significant increase in storage space beyond 60 GB, there's no compelling reason for me to consider a video iPod. Yes, they're smaller and have a much nicer screen, but I remain skeptical of how much I would want to listen watch pre-recorded video on the go. Even so, it's still rather disheartening to think that, if the new video iPod does catch on and become a hit, prominent early "trailblazers" who jumped on the bandwagon early will have been pornographers and white supremacists.