Apple updates iPod line up, launches new iTunes
Apple unveils updates to iPod range and reveals new versions of iTunes and iPhone OS
Apple revealed a major update to its iPod and iTunes multimedia range last night.
The upgrade, announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at an event in San Francisco, includes new versions of the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle ranges, improvements to the iPod Touch and iPod Classic, and new version of iTunes.
The new version of the iPod Nano, which Apple says is the world's most popular music player with 100 million sold worldwide, includes a video camera and microphone, to allow users to shoot video. The screen has also been increased in size from 2 inches to 2.2 inches, while an FM tuner has been built in, although there is still no wireless connectivity.
The new Nano also includes added features including VoiceOver, which tells the listener the name of the track and artist that is playing, and also integration of features from iTunes 9.
Apple's smallest media player, the iPod Shuffle, has a new 2GB capacity version, and now comes in five colours for all versions. A stainless steel special edition 4GB model was also revealed, which will only be available direct from Apple's own online and retail stores.
The iPod Touch line up had some changes in capacity, with the introduction of new 32GB and 64GB models, while the 16GB model has been discontinued. The iPod Classic also got a capacity increase, from 120GB to 160GB.
On the software side, Apple announced an update to its iPhone and iPod Touch operating system, to version 3.1, which introduces Genius for applications, which will recommend applications based on a user's previous purchases from the Apple App Store. The upgrade also includes a new security feature, that will allow iPhone users to lock down the device over the air using MobileMe.
The new version of Apple's media software, iTunes 9 includes a Home Sharing feature, to view and share up to five iTunes libraries on five authorized devices on a home network, and Genius Mixes, which uses the Genius song recommendation service to automatically create mixes of tunes from a users iTunes library.
The launch marked the first return to fronting Apple launch events for Jobs, following a liver transplant earlier in the year.