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.

  • $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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