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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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Apple's logic escapes me
By marsbound2024 on 9/5/2007 4:49:36 PM , Rating: 1
Ok so wouldn't it seem more logical to put a hard drive on the iPod touch (heck... even 30GB or 60GB or something if one was worried about acoustics and/or reliability, battery life and etc) instead of an 8GB or 16GB flash drive? The reason I ask this is because the iPod touch has the capability to listen in on a song being played and has WiFi connectivity that gives one the option to download that song being played. Now having more storage space means that the user has more songs that he or she can download, thus increasing revenues for the Apple iTunes Store? Oh and since it has WiFi, why not an email application?

Personally, I do not see why there would be very many people willing to buy this 8GB model for $300 when you can have ten times the storage for $250 and simply Google lyrics (tho I admit obviously this fails for instrumentals and the like) you hear in a song either on your laptop, PDA, phone or desktop (that most people already have... at least ONE of these) when you get back home if you are that concerned with being able to download music you hear on the fly? And extending from this, if users have written down the lyrics and such and GET HOME... they can always choose to pirate the music instead of having to make an on-the-spot decision (I am assuming) whether or not to download the song they have listened to at Starbucks or wherever from the iTunes store.

Oh and the iPod nano is a bit ugly. It reminds me too much of the ongoing obesity epidemic and I am sorry if it just strikes me as hilarious thinking about seeing an obese male or female with one of these fatty, out of proportion, iPod nanos... Hey! Talking about anthropomorphic technology! Certainly a good reason why Apple puts the 'i' in 'iPod.'

RE: Apple's logic escapes me
By PrimarchLion on 9/5/2007 6:03:59 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't read all the info about the ipod touch, but I doubt they include this feature:

It would be really cool if you could use wifi to stream any movies or songs you own from itunes anywhere that you go, that would decrease the need for storage memory. Even better if they allowed you to download anything you want via the browser , then you could store stuff on the internet, which requires less memory on the touch.

Does someone who is more interested in the new ipods than me know if you can do this? Sorry about the poor grammar, I'm in a hurry =)

RE: Apple's logic escapes me
By marsbound2024 on 9/5/2007 6:18:12 PM , Rating: 2
If they don't offer something like that now, it should definitely be considered for a future firmware update. I could certainly see the 8GB or 16GB much more worthwhile if the iPod Touch could be configured to act as an extension of a user's home PC. It can access the music library on your PC and stream the music directly to your iPod Touch from a nearby wireless router (say in Starbucks). You could also instruct where you wanted your songs to download to. Either the iPod Touch or your home PC or both. I also think there should be something where iPod Touch users can share music (kinda like the Zune) since it has WiFi. It'd also be neat if users could share clips from videos they might be watching (say up to fifteen or thirty seconds of a movie or other clip). Sometimes I am watching a funny part of a movie or other video and want to show people who aren't directly beside me... btw, I wonder if this thing is capable of instant messaging? If the iPhone is, I would assume this is... however I am unsure either way.

RE: Apple's logic escapes me
By Oregonian2 on 9/5/2007 7:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
They do have their youtube interface, and that's streaming of sorts.

RE: Apple's logic escapes me
By oab on 9/7/2007 8:15:12 AM , Rating: 2
The new iPod has a web browser, and there are streaming programs that let you stream files over the internet as flash video.

Apple may offer it (ala. AppleTV), but MOST of Apples fanbase doesn't really care for that stuff.

And it would kill the battery even faster. Internet + video playing + backlight? You would not even get close to the 5hrs promised by Apple like that.

RE: Apple's logic escapes me
By Hare on 9/6/2007 2:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and since it has WiFi, why not an email application?

Because they want you to buy the iPhone if the features on the iPod are not enough. Apple is quite good at that. They definately don't want to give out too much to avoid two similar products.

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