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iPod nano

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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RE: touch
By RjBass on 9/1/2010 2:49:08 PM , Rating: 3
That is really a matter of opinion. In my opinion I like my Zune HD the best, but then I feel I am one of the only ones who do.


RE: touch
By raumkrieger on 9/1/2010 3:18:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sticking with my Zune 2.0.
I may only have it half-filled at the moment, but the 80gb is a comforting reminder that I never have to worry about choosing what songs I want to carry around with me.


RE: touch
By invidious on 9/1/2010 4:25:23 PM , Rating: 2
You also dont have to worry about what to do with all the money you could have saved.


RE: touch
By MadMan007 on 9/1/2010 11:16:25 PM , Rating: 2
Saved how, by buying an iPod? lol


RE: touch
By Smilin on 9/1/2010 4:52:29 PM , Rating: 2
You are not alone brave soul.

Few, oh so precious few, know of the awesome experience that is Zune. MSFT may never advertise the thing to educate the iMasses on what they are missing but I for one will know.

And BTW you're going to dig the Zune service controlled via Kinect. That's all I can say atm.


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