Apple today unveiled a new iPod Nano with video camera, FM tuner and pedometer as well as a series of updates to products including iTunes, the iPod Classic and iPod Touch.
The new 5th generation Apple iPod Nano features integrated microphones and the ability to playback videos on the device’s 2.2-inch screen. Videos can then be uploaded directly to YouTube through a PC, laptop or Mac.
New Nano has voice recording
Other features on the new Nano include an FM tuner, a pedometer and voice recording functionality.
A few new colours have also been added to the range, and 8GB and 16GB versions are available costing £115 and £135 respectively.
iPod Touch price drop
Apple has also reduced the price of the range of the iPod Touch range, dropping the price of the 8GB Touch to £149, the 32GB model to £229, and introducing a 64GB Touch priced at £299.
160GB iPod Classic
The iPod Classic has had its memory expanded from 120GB to 160GB which, according to Apple, allows the Classic to store 40,000 songs. The iPod Classic will now cost £189. All new iPods are available to buy now.
A host of third parties have now developed headphones that are compatible with the latest iPod Shuffle, previously only controllable remotely with the Apple’s own headphones.
Black, silver, pink, yellow and blue varieties of the iPod Shuffles have also been added to the existing colour line-up.
Apple has also made a series of improvements to iTunes, so the ability to create wishlists and buy music as gifts for others is now available.
Users are now able to buy snippets of artists’ work as ringtones, but for those who want more than just a ringtone, there’s now also the iTunes LP feature, which provides the user with a whole host of additional features – such as photography, videos and lyrics.
The name iTunes LP was chosen as a reflection of the service delivering more than just music to consumers who buy music, something that Apple believes is similar to LP vinyl purchases.
iTunes now also allows you to access music libraries from other PCs, laptops or Macs in your home. Not only does this wireless connection allow you to stream the music, but you can also make wireless copies across your home networks.
iPhone and iPod Apps
Apps downloaded from the to your iPod Touch or iPhone can now also be managed through iTunes, with a virtual iPod or iPhone screen appearing on your computer’s screen, which provides the ability to drag and drop applications onto, or off, your Touch or iPhone.
A Genius feature has now been added to the App buying process. The Genius feature on iTunes ‘intelligently selects music for your playlists based on the music you are listening to’, and the new Genius feature in the App Store analyses the apps on your iPhone or iPod Touch and recommends other apps that you may be interested in.
Apple iPod reviews
You can read reviews of the current iPod range in our MP3 player report, and we shall be dashing out to buy the new Nano and to bring you our iPod Nano first look review over the next few days.
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