The naked truth about iPod cameras

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As I suggested the other day, there’s been a lot of speculation that the next iPod models—the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod classic—will include cameras. Sounds like a fine idea unless, of course, you’re concerned about being caught with your pants down.

And by this I mean that a fairly hefty number of gyms have banned cell phones with cameras from the locker room and gym floor. Ditto for public swimming pools and rec centers where people might be found in a state of temporary undress. The reason is obvious: Not everyone is willing to have the more intimate parts of their anatomy shared across the Internet.

This has already caused a tiny kerfuffle at some gyms because an iPhone also serves as the main portable music player for a lot of people. Such a kerfuffle, in fact, that Rep. Pete King (R–N.Y.) has introduced the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, a hunk of legislation that would demand that:

“…any mobile phone containing a digital camera that is manufactured for sale in the United States shall sound a tone or other sound audible within a reasonable radius of the phone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera in such phone. A mobile phone manufactured after such date shall not be equipped with a means of disabling or silencing such tone or sound.”

Okay, then. Best of luck with that.

For those who've had their iPhones banned from the gym, a reasonable response runs to, “Get an iPod.” They're a better workout companion because they’re less bulky than an iPhone, the classic holds more music, and if you drop one and bruise it badly, you’re not losing what may be your main means of communication.

But what if Apple’s upcoming music event reveals that the classic and nano will also adopt cameras? Not only will Representative King have to reword his legislation, but the fitter among us may have to consider an iPod shuffle, hanging on to their current iPod, or—heavens!—purchasing a non-Apple portable music player (one incompatible with iTunes, to boot) that lacks a camera.

I wonder if Apple’s taken the time to work this one out?

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