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iPod touch
Apple updates its popular media player lineup

Apple has sold over 275 million iPods since it was first introduced back in 2001. Today, Apple is introducing a new family of iPods to help keep the winning streak alive.

First up is the next generation iPod shuffle. The new iPod shuffle, has the look and buttons of the second generation device and voiceover from the third generation. Battery life is rated at 15 hours. The fourth generation iPod shuffle is a little smaller than the second generation model and comes in five different colors. It will be available for $49 in 2GB capacities.

The new iPad nano, as predicted by case leaks over the past week, is a tiny multi-touch capable device. It has a clip (like the iPod shuffle), hardware volume buttons, VoiceOver, FM radio, Nike+, and a pedometer. The new device is 46 percent smaller and 42 percent lighter. Battery life is listed at 24 hours. Unfortunately, the downsizing of the iPad nano has resulted in the loss of the onboard camera (and apparently, the loss of video playback).

Being that this is a multi-touch device, all of Apple's familiar gestures are applicable to the device. The iPad nano will be available for $149 in an 8GB version and $179 in the 16GB version.

Finally, there is a new iPod touch that is even thinner than the old version introduced last year. Like its iPhone 4 counterpart, it comes with the Retina display along with the Apple A4 processor, 3-axis gyro, front facing camera for FaceTime (over Wi-Fi), and a rear camera for HD video recording and photo taking. The new device promises 40 hours of battery life and will be available in 8GB ($229), 32GB ($299), and 64GB ($399) capacities.

If there's anything disappointing about the new iPod lineup, it's that Apple hasn't bothered to upgrade the storage capacity of any of its media players in addition to the neutering of the iPod nano. It appears that Apple is trying to push more customers to the iPod touch (which Apple admits is currently the best-selling iPod).

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Ipod touch
By jdavenport608 on 9/1/2010 2:14:33 PM , Rating: 2
I have used the touch. My biggest gripe is that most of the nice features disappear as soon as you lose WiFi connection. Try getting the weather or updating a map without WiFi. If your not connected you lose most of your features. Keeping maps and information resident in the device would be a nice feature. My old HP IPAQ can do that with a sliver of ram a low end touch has.

RE: Ipod touch
By Smartless on 9/1/2010 2:26:32 PM , Rating: 2
That's so you go, Dang, shoulda got an iPhone. I just hope these new devices can take the beating that I think mp3 players should be able to take. My old, old, OLD Rio Cali has been rained out, run over, dropped, fallen on, scraped up, and has survived Windows XP, Vista, and 7.

RE: Ipod touch
By Darkefire on 9/1/2010 4:41:16 PM , Rating: 2
The only costs I incurred for my 2G 8GB iPod Touch were for a cheap charge cable from Best Buy. I literally found it buried in a snowdrift outside my apartment a couple years ago, and the only reason I saw it at all was because we were having a major thaw at the time. I'd guess it was in that pile of snow for at least two weeks, and not only did it still have a trickle of battery power everything still worked perfectly after I dried it off and got most of the grit out of the charge port. I've dropped it, sat on it, fallen asleep on it more times than I can count, and done everything short of deliberate damage and it keeps on chugging. The back case is scratched all to hell (was that way when I found it) so I never bothered to get it a case, and the screen is only just now starting to show a few almost invisible nicks.

I despise Apple and generally hate their OS and products (jailbroke my Touch as soon as I could), but I will begrudgingly give them a big thumbs up on their build quality. When mine finally gives up the ghost, I'll definitely replace it with another one.

RE: Ipod touch
By PrinceGaz on 9/1/2010 2:36:17 PM , Rating: 2
Have you tried installing some third-part apps (many of which are free) which provide the offline functionality you are after? The whole point of the iTouch is you can customise the apps to your liking.

RE: Ipod touch
By Taft12 on 9/1/2010 2:44:37 PM , Rating: 2
Correct, that's why an iPod Touch is so nice - you don't have the baggage owning an iPhone comes with (primarily the monthly bill!)

RE: Ipod touch
By xti on 9/1/2010 3:28:02 PM , Rating: 1
if the bill is a problem, then why get a smart phone? let alone "flashy" one...?


RE: Ipod touch
By raumkrieger on 9/1/2010 3:20:29 PM , Rating: 3
I would suggest go Android, but this might be the wrong place. After all, shine > functionality.

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