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Apple Revamps iPod Line - iTunes 7 - Movies Added - Announces Future Set Top Box
Prior to today's event, most of Apple's events and product announcements this year were focused on the Mac as the company worked to transition it's Macintosh computers to Intel processors. It should be noted that the iPod is a significant contributer to Apple's overall revenue. Hence, today's iPod announcements are a welcome development as they will allow Apple to continue to capitalize on the portable music player market. Not only because the iPod is the leader in the sector but also to take on Microsoft's upcoming Zune music player that is anticpated to hit shelves in advance of this year's holiday shopping season.iPods
Apple continues to have three iPod models the iPod, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle. The revisions however provide users with enhanced specifications and software functionality.
The new iPods, which come in black or white with a 2.5-inch screen, are available in a 60GB model for $249 and a 80GB version for $349. The new iPod can hold up to 20,000 songs, 25,000 photos, and up to 100 hours of video.
- 14 hrs music playback
- 4 hr slideshow
- 3.5 hrs video playback
- 20 hrs music playback
- 6 hr slideshow
- 6.5 hrs video playback
- 60 percent brighter with brighness control
- New headphones
- Gapless playback
Also added is the following software functionality:
- Instant searching
- Games are are available from iTunes for $4.99 each: Bejeweled, Cubis 2, Mahjong, Mini golf, Pac Man, Tetris, Texas Holdem, Vortex, and Zuma
- Games will work on current 5G iPods
- 8GB is $249 - Black only
- 4GB is $199 - Silver, Pink, Green, Blue
- 2GB is $149 - Silver only
- 40 percent brighter
- Up to 24 hours of battery life
At nearly half the size of the original, the new 1GB iPod shuffle comes in a aluminum design with a built-in clip. At only $79, and weighing just half an ounce, the new model holds up to 240 songs. It will ship in October.
Apple also announced the next version of iTunes, version 7. The following new features were added:
- The source list now includes a Library with separate libraries for all forms of media
- The store and devices have their own sections.
- Album art view - Apple will provide art for any music in your library.
- Cover flow view - Find music by album flipping.
- NFL 2006 season coming to iTMS
- New 640x480 video resolution (up from 320x240)
- Gapless playback in iTunes 7
- Can now sync iPod content to second computer
Apple has also added movies to iTunes with films from Disney (Walt Disney, Pixar, Touchstone, Miramax) owned studios now available. New releases cost $12.99 as a preorder and during the first week, $14.99 thereafter. Existing movies cost $9.99. Other specifications of the movies are:
- Near DVD quality at 640x480 resolution
- Movies can be viewed as they are downloaded
- Multiple movies can be downloaded at the same time
- Dolby Surround audio
- Parental controls - MPAA ratings
- 75 films today, more every week and month
- Available in the US today, international in 2007
New Product - iTV Set Top box
- Built-in power supply
- 802.11 wireless
- Component video
- optical audio
- HDMI ports
- RCA stereo audio ports
- Will work with the Apple Remote