TV out locked on iPod classic and iPod nano

I wonder if Apple is taking a page from Sony on this one. It seems that Apple has redesigned the TV out functionality of the new iPod classic and Nanos so that they no longer work with older third-party TV out cables and docks. The new classics and nanos require an Apple authentication chip in the dock or cable to unlock the TV out settings. The chips are only made available to official third party suppliers (remember, Apple gets 30% of all third-party sales on authorized products).

Looks like when the AV cables for the new iPods hit the shelves they will run you about $49, until then I guess we are all stuck.

[Via iLounge]

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