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Uncovering the new iPod lineup


iPod lineupFor those iPod fans out there, a "complete revamp" of the iPod product line has been announced. After more than a week of intense industrial speculation, the details are finally out.

As usual, Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented the entire lineup to a rapt crowd of reporters gathered at the Moscone West expo center in San Francisco. I reckoned that TR members would want to get straight to the salient details, so here they are.

iPhone
  • $200 price cut for the top-end 8GB iPhone to $399
  • 4 GB iPhone model dropped
iPod touch
  • Brand new Wi-Fi b/g music player that looks like an iPhone but without the phone
  • Mimics iPhone's physical dimension and 3.5-inch touch-screen interface
  • On the inside, it comes with Safari, as well as YouTube support
  • Ability to buy and download tracks directly from an "iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store" - with identify selection and pricing - to the player over a wireless connection. Synchronization feature will sync music purchased this way back to iTunes when docked
  • Priced at $299 for 8 GB model and $399 for 16 GB model
  • Slated to ship in September
iPod classic
  • Thinner than its predecessors
  • Available in silver and black
  • Storage capacity upped to 80 GB and 160 GB hard drives-based versions
  • Selling for $249 and $349 respectively
iPod nano
  • Redesigned to be shorter and wider than second-generation models
  • Sports new 320 x 240 pixel, 2-inch screen with 204 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • Supports video as well as browsing your music library using Coverflow
  • Available in black, red, silver, blue, and green
  • Available in 4 GB and 8 GB
  • Selling for $149 and $199 respectively
iPod shuffle
  • New colors announced
  • No other changes

You might be interested to know that Apple's Web site has already been updated with the new devices.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

9 comments
richardh9935
richardh9935

What's an inch? The whole world uses mm, so why don't you?

mwtoelle
mwtoelle

I would opt for an iPod Classic mainly because of capacity, capacity, and capacity. I currently own a 60GB video iPod that is just now getting full. The flash-based iPods still cost too much for what you get. Now if Apple would put a hard drive in their iPod Touch, I might consider one of those.

Dennis.Keeling
Dennis.Keeling

I'm buying an IMac 24 next month after 20 years on windows I've had enough.

viruser
viruser

Went into a local Apple store...the 24" iMacs look amazing face to monitor.

viruser
viruser

The iPod Touch looks like the best bet for me considering the fact that am still going to keep my present 30GB video iPod.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Tell us more about why you prefer the Apple product that you voted for.

dawgit
dawgit

I've already picked 'em out, on my favorite tree too. But I don't think it will make to Christmas though. ;) -d

bpsull
bpsull

I currently have one of the 'classic-style' pre-video iPods which has served quite well in it's role as a music player and portable storage device. I have wanted to upgrade to a video iPod for some time (I made the mistake of purchasing my 20GB b&w HP iPod three days before the color iPod was announced) and a larger storage capacity just makes it that much more attractive, although I do wish Apple had kept a few of the formerly 'highest capacity' video iPods available at a lower price to fill the mid range gap between the low end of the Classic range and the top of the Nano range. The Nano and shuffle have never particularly appealed to me due to the relatively low storage capacity and the fact that I find the display on a black and white iPod classic to be the effective limit for readability and navigation, any smaller and I can't read it; no display and minimal control over the music selection seems to defeat much of the purpose of synchronizing the thing with iTunes to begin with and makes the shuffle a much poorer selection (at least to my mind) compared to the multitude of much cheaper and less proprietary mp3 players on the market at lower prices. The iPhone, to me, seems superfluous for much the same reasons I don't buy any of the other music playing mobile phones on the market and the user interface only makes it worse in my opinion. The Touch adds nothing to the iPhone but loses most of the apps which made it at all attractive as anything other than a really flashy and expensive iPod with a less convenient physical form and a crippled interface. As things stand I will likely just continue on with my 20GB b&w dinosaur of an iPod handling my music and keep using my Palm PDA for things like videos, flashy mobile games, office suite, memo taking, address book and calendar functions and just put the money I would be spending on a new iPod towards buying a mobile phone with Bluetooth and some peripherals for my PDA.

luis.chinea
luis.chinea

Dissappointed with with the iPod Touch! WAY overpriced and WAY too many features removed that the iPhone has (email, notepad, googlemaps, etc.). Biggest selling factor for me... HDD Space! $350 for 160GB or $400 for 8GB.... It doesn't take a genius!

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