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The new iPod touch with Derek Zoolander on screen  (Source: Apple)

New iPod classic in its usual two colors  (Source: Apple)

New video capable iPod nanos  (Source: Apple)

iPod shuffle in new colors  (Source: Apple)
Now with a new iPod touch

Apple today revamped its entire iPod lineup and introduced an old-yet-new model – the iPod touch. The new iPod touch is essentially an iPhone stripped of its GSM and phone capabilities.

The device features the same 3.5-inch screen as the iPhone with an 8mm thickness. Two memory capacities are available – 8GB and 16GB. Apple also employs the same multi-touch user interface as the iPhone in the new iPod touch, including Cover Flow.

The iPod touch retains the 802.11b/g Wi-Fi capabilities of the iPhone. Users can connect the iPod touch to home and public wireless networks. The iPod touch also features a couple of built in applications, as with the iPhone.

Safari and YouTube applications are preinstalled for wireless web browsing and video watching.  Apple also installs the calendar, contacts, clock, calculator and photo applications. Essentially, the iPod touch is what the iPhone is without a SIM card inserted.

iPod touch



The existing iPod models are completely new, with new iPod shuffle’s, nano and regular. Apple finally named the standard hard disk based iPod’s – the iPod classic. The new iPod classic features a completely metal design and thinner in size compared to the outgoing model.

Apple increased hard drive capacity with the new classic – 160GB is the new flagship, with 80GB being the base size.  Battery life for the new iPod classics improve, with up to 40 hours for audio and 7 hours for video.

iPod classic



Apple’s iPod nano is completely new as well, in the form of a new “fatty” nano. The new iPod nano features video playback capabilities on its 2-inch QVGA display. Apple offers the new iPod nano in 4GB and 8GB capacities and in five different colors – black, silver, green, blue and RED. New games are also preinstalled on the new iPod nano, including Vortex and Sudoku.

iPod nano



Both the new  iPod classic and nano feature a new user interface with Cover Flow.

Lastly, is the iPod shuffle refresh. The iPod shuffle maintains the same design as the outgoing model, but now with new colors and a RED model. New iPod shuffle colors include blue, teal and an aqua green.

iPod shuffle



Expect the new iPods to show up in retail this week.

In the mean time, Microsoft's 30GB Zune is now priced at $199. Microsoft announced the price cut late last night on the ZuneInsider blog. With the release of Apple's new iPods and the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, a $50 price cut may not be enough to attract buyers to the Zune.

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RE: Cupertino liar
By hlper on 9/5/2007 4:11:23 PM , Rating: 1
Funny that I got rated down, even though the thing he is saying did everything the new iPod does comes in a briefcase. Hardly a good comparison. It's like a laptop with extremely limited functionality.

RE: Cupertino liar
By Pirks on 9/5/07, Rating: -1
RE: Cupertino liar
By hlper on 9/5/2007 4:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
Your opinion about Archos 704 is just your personal opinion.

My opinion is only that something that is 5 inches x 7.2 inches, and weighs in at 1.5 pounds is hardly in the same class (such as portable media players are concerned) as the iPod, which is only 4.3 inches by 2.4 inches and just over 4 ounces.

Big deal you can stuff that much technology into something the size of a small laptop. Laptop makers have been doing that and more for years, that does not make them convenient portable media players.

As for the rating question, this is a place for opinions. If those opinions are based on the facts, as mine were, then it is uncalled for to say it's not worth reading. Right?

RE: Cupertino liar
By Pirks on 9/5/07, Rating: -1
RE: Cupertino liar
By Oregonian2 on 9/5/2007 6:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
If I recall right, he said the first "music player" and that it had the "best browser among mobile devices" or something like that (which necessitates other devices having browsers). May just be name-games as to what's a "music player".

But as to that other wi-fi behemouth that's 7" x 5" or some such, that certainly isn't a "music player".

My cell phone has a "browser" but it sucks. Not that safari is all that great, it's at least in the IE/FF class of browsers, even if at the bottom of the list.

RE: Cupertino liar
By Pirks on 9/5/07, Rating: -1
RE: Cupertino liar
By Oregonian2 on 9/7/2007 7:45:59 PM , Rating: 2
If you're talking to me (your posting is attached to mine), I agree with you. Note my comment about being a word definition game. I was just trying to explain what they were trying to say -- not to justify it. iPods (and associated iTunes) is mostly known for music, not the other features, so I understand their position even if stretching things a good bit.

Note that my KRZR cell phone (that I mentioned) plays music too, and does it in a better manner than iPods. It can play in stereo through bluetooth wirelessly to my headphones (with A2DP support!).

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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