The certainty that we will see an updated line of iPods at Apples event this Wednesday is continually growing. However, it is still uncertain if we will be treated to the full unveiling of the new version of AppleTV.
The details are currently slim, but according to Engadget, “[…] if you're feeling optimistic, a new Apple iTunes customer survey seems to offer a tiny little hint -- it lists "Titles are available to watch instantly" as a reason you might totally love watching video on the iPad.”
It is fairly obvious that you can’t watch videos instantly on iTunes at the moment, so this iPad survey seems to indicate that it is a potential future feature. Another major factor that lends itself to the fact that this could be a new feature for iTunes is that even AppleTV requires a lot of buffering before playback.
Rumors of a streaming feature for iTunes have been circulating for a long time now. BusinessInsider reported as long ago as February 2009 that Apple may have been working on streaming movies to the iPhone. It is clear that it is a very desirable feature for iTunes.
On the other hand, this very well might be a misunderstanding. It may mean nothing other than the fact that Apple is gathering ideas for the future. Although that could be true, we are certainly hoping that this is indicative of a streaming feature for iTunes.