Apple’s New iPods

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Today Apple is scheduled to announce new iPods.

Check out the live coverage from Ars Technica, CrunchGear, Engadget, Gizmodo and others for more information.

Rumor has it that a full-sized iPod with an iPhone-like touchscreen will be announced along with a souped-up Nano with video capability.

The new nano features a larger 2-inch screen (320×240), New colors, more storage, full metal design, games and video. The battery life is 24 hours audio, and 5 hours video playback.

The 4GB version will come in silver, the 8GB will come in all the colors. The 4GB Nano will be $149 and the 8GB version will be $199. No Wi-Fi apparently. It will be in Apple stores by this weekend.

The thicker iPod Classic will have 80GB for $249, and 160GB for $360. Available today.

The iPod Touch has a touchscreen and is 8mm thin. The iPod Touch has Wi-Fi. Expect internet features soon. The iPod Touch also has slide to unlock, and when you open it up, it has the home screen, which is similar to the iPhone.

When you’re on other Wi-Fi networks in the outdoors, a webpage will pop up asking you to enter your information. This prohibits many devices from accessing the net, but the iPod Touch has Safari, so you can log in just fine, says The True One.

When you get near a Starbucks a fifth button will come up in the WiFi music store. It allows you to buy any song played at Starbucks with a tap of your finger. It’s free to access the music store. No hotspot requirements. No login required to buy the song they’re playing. Starbucks is NOT free for general wi-fi access.

The new ipod Touch is like an iphone without a phone.

It features 22 hours audio playback, 5 hours video playback, Wi-Fi, a 3.5 inch widescreen display, Multitouch, video and photos. It costs $299 for 8GB and 16GB for $399. The new ipods will be available in a few weeks.

Oh, one more thing . . . the 8 Gig iPhone, which is going platinum this month with 1 million sold, now has a lower price. Instead of $599, it will be $399.

Apple is killing the 4GB iPhone but while supplies last it’s only $299 at the Apple Store.

This didn’t go down well with bloggers like Josh Bancroft

“Oh, and here’s a lovely kick in the teeth. Gah! And nothing to ease the pain – no “we’re going to give a free Nano to you poor fools who paid $600? or anything. The price we pay to live on the edge in Steve’s world, I guess. Still sucks”.

To review, the iPod nano (starting at $149) is on the left, the iPod classic (starting at $249) is in the middle, and the 8 Gig iPod touch (starting at $299) is on the right.

Cheaper, more portable devices could also create a bigger demand for city-wide services — like Portland’s free MetroFi network or PersonalTelco’s free grass roots network. Forrester Research compared the iPhone and the traditional mobile web, concluding the iPhone signaled the end of the mobile web as we know it.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 at 9:02 am .

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