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The new second generation Nano, aka the "Nano 2nd"

The new smaller Shuffle

The entire "new" iPod family
Apple's entire range of iPods receive a makeover

Apple today announced a new refresh to its line of iPods that include the iPod, the Nano, and the Shuffle. The new iPod will have a 60-percent brighter screen and have an increased video playback time of 3.5 hours, which is roughly 1.5 hours more than the current iPod. Apple will also be releasing a bigger capacity iPod that sports an internal 80GB hard drive that can play video for 6.5 hours.

The iPod Nano will also receive a refresh. Apple today announced that the iPod Nano will now be all aluminum and available in various colors. Currently, the iPod Nano is made of plastic and was previously reported to be easily scratched. Available colors for the new iPod Nano are green, silver, black, blue and pink. Apple will be making the new iPod Nano in three flavors: 2GB, 4GB and 8GB. The 2GB iPod Nano will only be available in silver color.

2GB: $149 - Silver only
4GB: $199 - All colors except black
8GB: $249 - All colors

The new iPod Nanos will come with a new charger, armband and new lanyard. Apple claims that the new Nano will be able to play for roughly 24 hours non stop.

Along with new iPods, Apple will be introducing new software for the small players as well. New generation software will include such features as gapless playback, searching, and a host of new games: Bejeweled, Pac Man, Texas Holdem, Tetris, Mahjong and others. Users will also be able to purchase games for their iPods off of iTunes for $4.99 per game.

Apple's iPod Shuffle will also receive a revamp. The Shuffle has been reduced in size to roughly the size of the iPod radio remote. The iPod Shuffle's body is now metal and comes in only a 1GB version for $79. Apple said that the new Shuffle will ship in October of this year.

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RE: Battery
By rklaver on 9/12/2006 2:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
okay so how about the other portable "video" players out there? Do they use standard batteries. What about camcorders and Digital cameras, even better I wish I can put 8 D-cell batteries in my laptop. Sound more expensive to me.

Not that I've looked very hard but I don't recall seeing any lithium-Ion AAA's at the store.

RE: Battery
By Thrawn on 9/12/2006 2:15:45 PM , Rating: 2
It is very easy to get Lion or uasualy better NiMh AAAs on the net. The problem with the Lion batteries is they need to be much more carefuly charged and has higher then normal voltage.
Good example of place to get Lion AAA or AAs.

RE: Battery
By Burning Bridges on 9/12/06, Rating: -1
RE: Battery
By rklaver on 9/12/2006 2:36:18 PM , Rating: 2
Good example of place to get Lion AAA or AAs.

Well I stand corrected :-)

RE: Battery
By tuteja1986 on 9/12/2006 11:04:35 PM , Rating: 1
It doesn't even beat my Creative Vision M which i bought for $280USD early this year. ;( Apple just reduced the price and fixed the screen brightness bug and increased the HDD size.

RE: Battery
By nizanh on 9/12/2006 5:21:06 PM , Rating: 3
There will never be Li-Ion AA/AAA just because alkalin cell (like the AA) has 1.2-1.5 volt while Li-Ion has ~3.4 volt, so no way to replace one with the other.

Li-Ion has great advances over NiMH batteries by having
- More energy per volume or weight.
- Faster charging.
- Can be kept longer without being discharge.

The only problems about them is their price (compare to NiMH) and the lack of some standard.

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