Apple announces new iPod family: thinner, more storage, more colours, more "funner"


Steve Jobs has just announced an overhaul of the iPod range, with new iPod nanos, iPod classics, and iPod touches.

Here’s a quick overview of the new designs.

iPod nano


ipod_nano_angled.pngAvailable in nine colours (including a (PRODUCT) RED charity version), and either 8GB or 16GB storage capacity, the new design features curved aluminium and glass, and a built in accelerometer which allows you to flip viewing orientation, and even shake the device to shuffle music tracks.

It measures 3.6 x 1.5 x 0.24 inches, has a two-inch diagonal colour LCD with LED backlight (320 x 240 resolution), and offers up to 24 hours of music playback or four hours of video playback on a single charge.

8GB £109 16GB £149


Read on for the iPod classic and iPod touch.

iPod classic


The new iPod classic has a whopping 120GB of storage, comes in either silver or black, and is constructed from anodised aluminium and polished stainless steel with rounded edges.

It measures 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.41 inches, has a 2.5-inch colour LCD with LED backlight (320 x 240 resolution), and up to 36 hours of music and six hours of video playback.



iPod touch


The second generation iPod touch is thinner than its predecessor, and now comes with up to 32GB capacity.

Apple says it’s the “funnest” iPod ever, partly because it comes with built in App Store and Nike+ support.

It features a contoured, polished stainless steel design, and same 3.5-inch widescreen display.

It offers the same music and video battery life as the iPod classic, though applications are bound to drain the battery at variable rates.

8GB £169 16GB £219 32GB £279


All new iPods feature the “Genius” functionality built in to iTunes 8, which recommends and creates song playlists based on your library and tracks in the iTunes store.

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Andy Merrett
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  • Who wants to spend a lot on something with massive storage which you could easily drop and break at any time? I would never pay more than £100 for an MP3 player for this very reason.
    Off topic, I hate to be pedantic, but as there’s no comment option on the HDTV blog may I just point out that ITV HD is not a terrestrial channel. It’s on FreeSAT!
    There, I’ve got it out of my system now 😉

    • Hi Granny,

      Yes you’re right about the use of the word terrestrial – apologies for that. I fell into the trap of listening to some marketing spin. Really, it’s the first time one of the (trad) terrestrial broadcasters has aired King Kong in HD. Can’t claim it’s a first for sat as Sky will have already shown it.

      Hopefully HDTV will get its commenting system back soon, then you can be pedantic in the right place 😉

  • Who gives a **** about thin – I want more capacity – how about 10 times larger in memory – theres a good starting place. What use is thin?

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