Originally Posted by solipsism
I never watch a video with multiple people on my iPhone. Its a personal device.
So your entire assertion, that it "doesn't make sense" is completely ignorant of the fact that some people output theit iPod to TV. Yeah, I guess in that context, it doesn't... except that even if you're atching by yourself, you want others to be able to contact you in an emergency, don't you?
Its a 3.5 device with a very select options for audio output. Im not going to hold a conversation while they are trying to watch a video and listen to audio. It interrupts them and I cant give my attention to the person on the other end. Either ignore the call or take the call.
And who said I wouldn't walk out of the room to take the call (to tell them I'll call them back)?
Again, its rude to hold a phone call when someone is watching the video with you especially when that means they are also sharing the videos audio and your phone calls audio. That it rude to both other parties.
Again... output to TV... You're missing the entire point.
I cannot fathom why you think this would be a normal behaviour pattern for people. Even when I am at home in front of a huge HDTV with its own sound system I am not so rude as take a call during with it on when other people are watching. If its important Ill leave the room or Ill pause the video to take the call. That is normal behaviour. If you feel your idea has merit then build an app that does just that and sell it.
Again, who on Earth said I wouldn't walk out of the room? But if all you have is an iPhone for playback -- you can't. That's my whole point. That it's dumb to suggest that someone can use an iPhone for playback if they turn it on airplane mode. Especially someone who says they "bought the cables and all", which implies very strongly that they're outputting to TV. That's my whole point. The iPod Touch would be a better option, and suggestions to turn it to airplane mode were silly, as even if you're watching the video by yourself, you'll want to have the option to take a call.