iLounge is reporting that the new iPods released wednesday require some sort of authentication/DRM chip for video output cables to work. Apparently, existing video output solutions from 3rd parties that work with the 5G/5.5G video iPod do not work on the Nano and the Classic (the iPod Touch is not currently shipping – but assumed not to work as well). This means you have to buy an Apple, or newer ‘compatible’ (authorized?) 3rd party video output cable. I’m uncertain if this is actually due to a change the circuitry, due to the addition of component video output, or a deliberate addition of DRM.

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