http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/ne...v-out-in-new-ipods-breaks-video-add-ons/11371 The short version is that 3rd party products made to use the iPods "Video Out" functionality (whether a cable, a portable dvd player, etc.) will not work with the new iPods. Apple has made the new iPods check for an "Authentication chip" which most 3rd party accessory makers cannot afford. This is the kind of stuff Apple does and gets away with it. When MS does this there's a federal investigation and the public riots.