iPod Updates, New iPod nano and New iPod touch

Today all four iPod models got at least some love ranging from storage upgrades to new designs.

iPod classic

This version of the iPod has seen the fewest model design changes and today is no exception. The iPod classic has been offered in an 80GB version and a 160GB version. Apple has now discontinued the 160GB version and has given the 80GB model a bump up to 120GB at the same price of $249. The new iPod classic is available today.

iPod nano

The nano has only been around 3 short years but as of today’s announcement, Apple is on it’s fourth design revision. It seems like just yesterday that the previous iPod nano model was released (it was about 1 year ago), but here we are with a new design.

As you can tell from the photo above, the new design feels a lot like the old 2G design. Most of Apple’s product design changes usually feel like they’re moving forward while this design actually feels a bit like a step back. But I guess if ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Kind of makes me wonder if the previous, squashed nano didn’t sell as well as they had hoped (it was certainly my least favorite of the designs).

Design opinions aside, the new nano definitely has a couple of really cool features. They’ve ported the accelerometer from the iPhone/iPod touch to the nano so you can just flip the nano on its side and the screen will rotate in to landscape view on the new, taller screen.

Also, what might be billed as a “cute” feature, is the new “shake” ability. Just give the nano a good shake and it will shuffle your songs…shake again to go to the next random song.

As with most new iPod nano lines, this one comes with a slew of new colors (9 to be exact).

Pricing on the new nano is the same, but with a bump in storage. The 8GB is $149 and the 16GB is $199. The 8GB is available today and the 16GB will be available within the week.

iPod touch

Looks like the iPod touch is getting its first makeover and is taking queues from the iPhone’s design. It now has a contoured steel design that is much closer to the iPhone as well as new volume buttons on the side. Surprisingly it’s also thinner!

Another highly requested feature that has been added is a built in speaker. Jobs readily admitted it’s not for audiophiles, but it’s certainly better than nothing.

Along with the new internal speaker, another hardware change is the inclusion of the Nike+ sensor…so no need to connect the Nike+ dongle anymore.

New pricing for these is as follows: 8GB – $229, 16GB model – $299, 32GB for $399. All are available today.

iPod shuffle

The iPod shuffle didn’t see any new feature updates, but did get a few color changes. Pricing is the same as before.

What are your thoughts on the new designs, upgrades, colors, etc? Do you think Apple is taking a step back with the new iPod nano design?


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