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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

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Apple Announces New iPods, Games
3:51 PM | Eddie Park | 9 comments

Dropping the iPod bomb today that news sites have been speculating on for the past week, Apple unveiled a completely new iPod as well as two major revisions to the existing lineup. The new iPods include a revamped iPod nano, iPod classic, and the new iPod touch, all of which introduce a clutch of new features to the venerable portable music player series.

The new iPod nano features a new 320x240 display that is also 65% brighter than the previous model and seemingly tailored for video playback. It also now makes use of the Cover Flow interface and comes in the standard sizes of 4 or 8GB, priced at $149 and $199, respectively.

The new iPod classic bumps the storage size yet again, and is offered in both 80 and 160GB configurations, or as Apple likes to put it, up to 40,000 songs. It also sports a new all-metal casing and an enhanced interface. The 80 and 160GB models go for $249 and $349, respectively.

The iPod touch is perhaps the most striking addition to the iPod family, looking and acting very much like the iPhone, only without all the cellphone-related features. Like the iPhone, it sports a touchscreen interface and includes web browsing via Safari in addition to music and video playing. It also takes advantage of Apple's new iTunes Wi-Fi Store for those looking to add to their media libraries.

"The iPod touch is a landmark iPod, ushering in a whole new generation of features based on its revolutionary multi-touch interface and built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "People are going to be amazed at how thin it is and how much it does."
Both the iPod nano and iPod classic also come pre-loaded with 3 games: iQuiz, Vortex, and Klondike. In addition, Apple promises that more games will be available in the future for purchase via the iTunes store, including Tetris, Sudoku, and Ms. Pac-Man. No mention of gaming was made in relation to the iPod touch.

Those looking for pics of the new iPods can find plenty at Apple's site. Those looking to buy directly from the source, however, may find themselves waiting for a while, as Apple's online store seems to be bogged down at the moment.

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