Sick of Lost or Desperate Housewives yet? Why would you purchase the Kanye West music video for Gold Digger from the iTunes Music Store for US$2 when you can download it from his Web site for free?
While most of the video content on the iTMS doesn't make a compelling case for me to buy an iPod video, I think that I've finally found a reason (or several) to buy one.
For starters, Tiki Bar TV is a video podcast that I discovered while sniffing around the iTMS one day, and I have to admit to being totally hooked on it. It's well produced, funny and just sexy enough to keep me coming back for more. Tiki Bar TV is about three characters that sit (and dance) around a Tiki bar while making various alcoholic concoctions.
If video podcasts aren't your thing vintage TV shows like Welcome Back Kotter, Growing Pains and 28 other series will be available for free from AOL parent Time Warner on its new In2TV service starting next year.
Some other cool content worthy of your iPod video include Bikini Calculus from the How-to-do Girls and The Broken which bills itself as a "borderline illegal computer show." More interesting free and legal video content is available from online television network Video Gourmet. While some of these programs will need to be converted to be viewed on the iPod video, it's easy enough to do with Quicktime Pro or several other tools out there (read the comments here for a bunch of Mac-specific tips).
If you still want more content to justify buying an iPod video bear in mind that you can rip a DVD to MPEG-4 for use on the iPod video using Handbrake and even download iPod friendly shows from BitTorrent sites like Podtropolis.
Now if only Apple would hurry up and release a 16x9 aspect ratio iPod, it's such a shame waste all that screen real estate on ugly black bars.
UPDATE: I removed the reference to Tiki being a viral commercial after confirming that it's 100 percent independent from Dr. Tiki himself. More about this issue in an upcoming post.