While we loved the Apple TV
, we're still annoyed
at the lack of HD downloads
from the iTunes store. No doubt iTunes will never be a replacement for HD DVD or Blu-ray
; if the lack of true surround sound isn't enough of a killer, the maximum bit-rate is. That being said, we'd still like to have some HD downloads, and it looks like we might see them next week. One of the current problems with Apple TV HD files is that they don't play on the iPod, so Apple would have to sell multiple versions of the same file, a new iPod could resolve this. The other possible piece of the puzzle that has recently changed is that Apple's partner Akamai just upgraded their infrastructure to support HD
downloads. Either way, we'll have to wait till next week to find out.