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News: iPod Lineup Renewed - Now iPod Touch, Classic, Nano And Shuffle

Category: Internet, Mobile, Manufacturers, Music / Video Players, Digital Photography/Video
Posted: 02:36PM

DailyTech - Well, as was speculated Apple revealed a major update to its iPod lineup today, with significant and not so significant changes to all models. The new addition to the iPod family is the iPod touch, which as the name would suggest is basically the same as an iPhone without the 'phone' features. It also doubles the capacity of the iPhone, coming in 8GB and 16GB flavours. The iPod touch does retain the Wi-Fi capabilities of the iPhone so you can use it for web browsing in the appropriate hotspots.

What was the iPod Video is now called the iPod classic. It features the familiar look of previous iPod generations, but is now of completely metal construction and thinner than the older model. The HDD capacity doubles up here as well, jumping from 80GB to 160GB. Plenty for all but the most demanding of music collections I would imagine. Battery life is also claimed to improve, with up to 40 hours of music or 7 hours of video playback.

The iPod Nano is still called the Nano, but looks considerably different from earlier Nano models as it moves to a video capable format (with a 2" QVGA display). The new Nano comes in five different colours and in capacities of 4GB and 8GB. Both the iPod Classic and iPod Nano will feature a new interface which includes the now familiar cover flow. The iPod shuffle does get a refresh as well, but simply in the form of a new range of colours (for a sense of completeness on Apples part I suspect).

The new models should be available sometime this week at the following prices: iPod Touch 8GB for $299 and 16GB for $399 - iPod Classic 80GB for $249 and 160GB for $349 - iPod Nano 4GB for $149 and 8GB for $199 - iPod shuffle 1GB for $79. That gives apple a complete top to bottom price scale, which should mean all models find some form of popularity.

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