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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

Capacity
Price

8GB
$299
16GB
$399

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

Capacity
Price

80GB
$249
160GB
$349

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

Capacity
Price

4GB
$149
8GB
$199

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

Capacity
Price

1GB
$79

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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I think I'll pass
By ZipSpeed on 9/5/2007 11:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
I'm still using my 4 GB iPod mini. I was waiting for the day for Apple to announce a touch-based iPod and I felt like I have waited for nothing. 16 GB... lol? I suppose I could go for the iPod classic but I want a touch-screen. I guess I can wait. I've been using the mini for the last 3 years. I guess another year to wait for Apple to refine the product wouldn't hurt.




RE: I think I'll pass
By tumby1974 on 9/6/2007 3:22:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm still using my 4 GB iPod mini. I was waiting for the day for Apple to announce a touch-based iPod and I felt like I have waited for nothing. 16 GB... lol? I suppose I could go for the iPod classic but I want a touch-screen. I guess I can wait. I've been using the mini for the last 3 years. I guess another year to wait for Apple to refine the product wouldn't hurt.


You're complaining that 16GB isn't big enough, but have been using a 4GB player for 3 years? The 16GB version is 4 times the size you have now. It should be plenty big for your needs.


RE: I think I'll pass
By ZipSpeed on 9/6/2007 4:07:16 PM , Rating: 2
You shouldn't presume. You know nothing of my music habits.
My 4 GB is definitley not enough for me. I have about 100 GB worth of music on my computer. I probably swap out my music at least once or twice a week. The reason I was holding out was because of the rumour of a touch-based iPod. I was expecting it to have a hard drive. I'm actually considering going with a 160 GB Classic. I'm not made of money with a mortgage and bills to pay so I have no luxury of upgrading every year hence waiting out for the iPod touch.


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