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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 BruceLeet on 9/1/2010 3:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
I have an 8GB model (3rd gen touch) and my itunes library holds 817 songs @ 6.06GB, all of the songs are converted to 128kbps.

Half of which I don't even listen to so I can probably tick off about 400 songs and if you're buying this many songs/albums on itunes or adding your own CD collection I'm sure you can pay the extra dollars for a higher storage capacity.

RE: touch
By MrTeal on 9/1/2010 4:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think most people complaining about the price of the 64GB fill it full of legally purchased music. There might be some, but I doubt there's that many. Even if the split was 80% ripped and 20% downloaded, just the downloads would be thousands of dollars.

This is the Touch though. Someone could easily rip a moderately sized DVD collection and fill 32GB or 64GB pretty quickly.

That's why I like my 160GB Classic; I get to store my entire collection and take it wherever I want. With my previous 2GB shuffle I was having to swap the music out every second day to keep it fresh, and even then I'd get into a mood and want to listen to an album I didn't have. It's really too bad they don't make a touch with the 160GB 1.8" drive. I'd be more than happy to accept the bigger form factor for having the ability to travel with all my movies without needing a laptop.

RE: touch
By Hare on 9/1/2010 4:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
128kbps, uuuuuggghhhhh.

192kbps is adequate for on the go. 160kbps is tolerable, but anything below just sounds awful.

RE: touch
By BruceLeet on 9/1/2010 7:17:04 PM , Rating: 2
With any type of earphones/buds I don't really care for bitrate. But keep in mind they're only converted to 128kbps for my touch, in my computer library all my songs range from 256-320kbps. 320s are converted from FLAC and I listen to my music through HD555s when I'm at my computer. So I get what you're saying...

I convert 128kbps simply to save space on my Touch

RE: touch
By roadking on 9/2/2010 1:33:21 PM , Rating: 2
To be honest, I do not think there ever was a 3rd gen 8 GB Touch. They did sell it alongside the 3rd gen 32/64 GB ones but it really is a 2nd gen.

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