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iPod nano 4G Rendering  (Source: Engadget)

iPod 4G Renderings  (Source: iLounge)
4G iPod line expected to be announced at event

We haven't heard much from the Apple camp in respect to new products since it launched the iPhone 3G that is currently doing well in the marketplace. Apple is the number one brand in MP3 players with the iPod line sitting far above its competitors on the sales charts.

Rumors have been circulating for a while now that Apple would soon introduce new iPod models. Renderings have been surfacing showing the possible design of the new iPod nano and iPod touch players. Engadget has a rendering of the new iPod nano that is advertising some sort of screen protector for the device.

The 4G nano ditches the short, fat design that was not popular with the 3G nano and returns back to a tall, slim design much closer to the design of previous generation nano players. The 4G nano has a flat screen, but the player itself is rounded on the edges.

Renderings of a new iPod touch have surfaced as well that show it to be in a case very similar to that of the new iPhone 3G. The design change is really no surprise considering the old touch used the same chassis as the original iPhone. According to iLounge, the new iPod nano will measure 38.75mm x 90.75mm x 6.08mm. Those dimensions -- if accurate -- would make the 4G nano slightly taller and thinner than previous nanos.

The rendering also gives the supposed dimensions of the touch as well. The touch is reported to measure 111mm x 61.8mm x 8.4mm -- making it roughly the same size as the original iPod touch.

MacRumors reports that a September 9 press event from Apple has been confirmed. It is assumed the 4G iPod nano and 2G iPod touch will be introduced at this event. Other possible upcoming announcements include updated MacBook and MacBook pro systems.

MacRumors, however, believes that updates to the MacBook won’t come until October though.

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By mmntech on 9/4/2008 1:50:20 PM , Rating: -1
That's right. No matter how you slice it, the Zune was and still is an iPod Classic clone. An unimpressive copy of another unimpressive media player. Granted the Zune does have Wifi syncing/sharing. However, you're locked into Windows (which is worse than being locked into iTunes) and the early DRM issues made a bad first impression for the player. I'm not sure about sales but I can say with confidence that the Zune will never outsell the iPod. The iPod has become a cultural icon and has built up strong brand loyalty. All Microsoft did was see an already overcrowded market five years after the fact and shouted "me too!"

I can't say I'm exactly impressed with these new iPods. A 2gb Touch seems to kind of defeat the purpose, especially now with the Apps store on it. Once you get videos on there, 2gb is going to fill up fast. What they really need to do is give the Touch a price cut. The iPhone 3G 8gb costs $199 while the Touch 8gb costs $299. I know the lower iPhone price is with 3yr contract but still, given the choice between the two, which are you going to buy?

By hinchesk on 9/4/2008 2:32:33 PM , Rating: 4
Once you get videos on there, 2gb is going to fill up fast.

2G = 2nd generation of the device
2G != 2Gb of storage space

By porkpie on 9/4/2008 2:51:57 PM , Rating: 4
Um, NOTHING is worse than being locked into iTunes.

By Phynaz on 9/4/2008 3:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, but my iPod works fine without ITunes.

I guess I must have the special iTunesless edition.

By omnicronx on 9/4/2008 4:23:33 PM , Rating: 4
Yes.. because an unsupported third party plugin is something for the masses..

Not that the zune is any better, as it also requires software, but don't make it out as though Apple does not try to force you to use itunes.

By StevoLincolnite on 9/4/2008 4:27:09 PM , Rating: 2
One thing is worst, and that's Quicktime. (Thank god for Quicktime Alternative).

By sprockkets on 9/4/2008 7:17:08 PM , Rating: 3
And thank god for quicktime only being used nowadays only on apple's website. Losers!

By StevoLincolnite on 9/5/2008 12:40:17 AM , Rating: 3
That is still One website to much!

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