It's apparent that the iPod as you know it will slowly disappear. With a confluence of technology, the devices we know as phones or MP3 players will become more and more interlinked. It's already happened with the iPhone. Why have an iPod when you can use your iPhone as an iPod? It seems that the new iPod Touch will also take a bite out of the iPhone, by being able to support Skype in its next generation. The next generation of iPod Touches will be getting an audio and video recording capability. Wired seems to have confirmed this from a source inside the factory in China.
Wired has got a hot tip directly out of the iPod factory in China. It turns out that the new generation of iPod Touches will have an audio and video recording capability. They will come with cameras and microphones. It means that they will therefore support Skype chat. This might eliminate the need for a home phone line once and for all. How? Well you'd use your Skype account from your iPod touch as your main phone. You'd use some Skype credits to call landlines, but calls to other Skype users will be free. With a Skype In number, you'll be able to receive calls too.
Wired reports that Apple has declined to comment. The timeline for this new iPod launch is about two or three months. This means that iPods will become phones in WiFi networks. The camera and microphone would also enable the iPod to understand voice commands, capture video and images, and access with more apps in the Apple online App Store.