iPod fanatics will have something to look forward to as Apple has unloaded a bag of iPod goodies
for them to enjoy.
First off is the improved 2G iPod Touch
. It may look the same
as the 1G Touch
, but if you look more closely, you’ll notice that it now sports a contoured rear design similar
to the 2G iPhone
. It’s also thinner
and comes equipped with hardware volume controls, a built-in speaker, Nike+ receiver
and a redesigned WiFi antenna cover
. The minimal changes in the design is greatly compensated by the added functionality provided by the new features in this latest iteration. The 2G iPod Touch will cost $229, $299 amd $399
for the 8GB, 16GB and 32GB
Next is the iPod Shuffle
. While there may not be any major improvements in this line of iPods, Apple has unveiled the new colors of the Shuffle
. The 1GB ($49) and 2GB ($69) capacities
are, unfortunately, still the same.
Last, but not the least, the 4G iPod Nano
finally made its public debut. It looks like a cross between the 3G and the 2G Nano
, and is touted as the thinnest iPod ever
. The curved design is likewise carried over to this model, and packs in a large 2-inch display
despite its already compact size The capacity of the new Nano is now bigger than ever at offering 8GB ($149) and 16GB ($199) models
and will be available in 9 delectable colored variations
to choose from.
On the software front, there's the new iTunes 8
which features the new Genius sidebar, album art grid display option, and faster back-up and sync time
. The new Genius feature basically monitors your listening habits and based on the data collected, creates custom playlists and recommends possible music content you may like to download and purchase from the iTunes Store. While some people may find this new feauture a bit intrusive, it's a nice option to have especially if you don't want to decide on what tracks you want to listen to at the moment.
The iPhone/iPod Touch 2.1 firmware update
was also announced during the event which should fix the various problems
brought about by the previous updates. It is expected to hit iTunes
worldwide this week. iPod Touch users
will have to pay $10
for it, but those who have upgraded to 2.0
won’t have to pay a cent as it’s free
While we wish there was something more significant announced regarding the iPhone, the new iTunes, 2.1 firmware update and the various iPods that Apple debuted is enough to suffice nonetheless. Better start saving up because these new iPods sure make for a very sweet addition to any Christmas shopping list.