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Meet the new iPods

Meet the new iPods

The new iPod lineup from little to big.

Man, Steve Jobs needs to find the source of the leaks in the company - if it was a ship, it would have sank eons ago! Yesterday, Apple held a conference where it unveiled a whole new lineup to its iPod product range and as it turns out, the rumours about a "Touch" iPod and a fat Nano that have been floating about for some time now have turned out to be real.

The smallest of them all, the Shuffle, only received some colour treatment and now comes in four new colours in addition to the original silver tone. There's even a red one so you can show off that you gave money to people in Africa.

Next up on the list is the redone Nano. A shorter, wider, and yet thinner model has been rumoured for ages now and it turns out that it was true. While some may not prefer the new look, it actually looks small enough to fit inside of the watch pocket on your trousers/jeans. Ditching the 2GB version completely, the Nano now only comes in 4GB and 8GB versions priced at £99 and £129 respectively. Both versions come with an ultra high density QVGA screen and will allow you to watch videos and play games like with the 5th gen iPod.

The 6th gen iPod, or iPod classic as it's called now, comes in 80GB and 160GB flavours and will set you back £159 and £229 respectively depending on which version you want. The casing received a slight overhaul so it now sports a thinner, anodized metal case in a matte colour theme of either white or black. A longer battery life is also a key feature to both models.

Finally we come to the "big daddy" of them all, the iPod Touch. Taking some pages from the book of iPhone, the Touch has forgone the clickwheel completely and is now controlled by the 3.5 inch widescreen touch sensitive display. Built in Wi-Fi will allow you to watch YouTube videos and even download iTunes directly from the iTunes store.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to store too many videos on it if you've already got it jam packed full of music, as the Touch only comes in very limited 8GB and 16GB variations due to the use of flash memory instead of a HDD as the storage medium. There's no microphone so you can't install Skype and use it as a cheap iPhone either, despite the resemblance. Pricing for each model is £199 and £269 respectively and should be available around September 28.

Of course if an iPod isn't up your ally, the Zune has recently dropped $50 off of its price tag over in the US and there's always the Creative Zen, Sandisk Sansa or any number of other MP3 players on the market.

Can't wait for the new iPod? Tell us which one you want over in the forums or in the comment section below.

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Queelis 6th September 2007, 17:09 Quote
Lol @ the fattie Nano :P
Jamie 6th September 2007, 17:16 Quote
I really should upgrade to a touch, my 3G ipod 20GB is quite out of date and on deaths door.
Mother-Goose 6th September 2007, 17:19 Quote
They aren't goint to fix the sound quality though are they.
Goty 6th September 2007, 17:25 Quote
9/10 iPod users are listening to highly compressed audio more likely than not, so sound quality is not exactly an extremely important feature. Playing MP3s through my iPod sounds no worse than playing them through my Martin Logan Odysseys (at least no worse than can be accounted for when considering that I'm using headphones instead of electrostatic speakers).
shaq 6th September 2007, 17:34 Quote
that fatty ipod 'nano' makes me feel a lot better about my iRiver Clix Redline...
DarkLord7854 6th September 2007, 17:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
I really should upgrade to a touch, my 3G ipod 20GB is quite out of date and on deaths door.

Might as well buy the iPhone while you're at it since they cut the price drastically :p
24-1 6th September 2007, 17:38 Quote
ipod nanos??, do you think someone at apple has a sense of humor and a copy of photoshop...???
Anakha 6th September 2007, 17:43 Quote
How long until they've got a "Touch" with a HDD in it?

Hardware Hackers, get to it! :)
Darkedge 6th September 2007, 17:45 Quote
and again they arn't as good as the Archos - the gen 5 is SWEET and makes the iponce touch look rubbish
http://www.archos.com/products/gen_5/index.html

Also cheaper, with more features and a better screen? Nobody will hear of them though as everybody else gets piled under the apple marketing steamroller.
<A88> 6th September 2007, 17:47 Quote
Whilst the Archos series are nice and feature-packed, they're not exactly pocket-sized are they?

<A88>
DougEdey 6th September 2007, 17:51 Quote
According to the official Touch Picture on the Apple German site it has Bluetooth installed.
24-1 6th September 2007, 17:53 Quote
the touch is very much "why bother" ill wait a few months get an iphone on a cheap contract deal.
will. 6th September 2007, 18:08 Quote
I'll get the ipod touch when it offers a decent size hard drive inside. For now though, my old 3g ipod will do.

Actually, I bet that the 'touch' still has all the iphone parts inside and they just need activating :p
Bluephoenix 6th September 2007, 18:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by will.
I'll get the ipod touch when it offers a decent size hard drive inside. For now though, my old 3g ipod will do.

Actually, I bet that the 'touch' still has all the iphone parts inside and they just need activating :p

nope, apple learned that lesson with the apple TV.


as for me, I think I'll wait a product cycle or two as I still have a perfectly good 5th gen v1 30GB model.
fathazza 6th September 2007, 18:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by <A88>
Whilst the Archos series are nice and feature-packed, they're not exactly pocket-sized are they?

<A88>

you know what they say about men with small pockets?
shaq 6th September 2007, 18:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkedge


Nobody will hear of them though as everybody else gets piled under the apple marketing steamroller.

Quite true. Both the iRiver Clix2 and Cowon D2 are great little players that will not get the attention that they deserve. I have an iRiver Clix2, and everyone who has seen as has marvelled at the quality of the AMOLED screen which is great for watching movies, soccer, and TV shows. It looks great too and is far better looking than the fatty nano. I didn't want a touchscreen player, otherwise, by all accounts the Cowon D2 is supposed to be great - 50hr playback, SD card slot, 2.5" screen and only slightly larger than the ipod nano.
kenco_uk 6th September 2007, 18:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by fathazza

you know what they say about men with small pockets?

That they've only got three fingers on each hand?
Risky 6th September 2007, 18:24 Quote
So what is the 'Touch' for? sounds like a touchscreen PDA, oh but nicely locked down so not much apps.

I think it's for posing with and not much else, imo.
yodasarmpit 6th September 2007, 18:32 Quote
The touch sounds much like a very restricted PDA with music playback capabilities.
DougEdey 6th September 2007, 18:33 Quote
It's 100% compatible with iPhone software
fathazza 6th September 2007, 18:40 Quote
surely htc have some sort of patent on their Touch?
DarkReaper 6th September 2007, 18:42 Quote
I'd love a touch with a HDD - it seems rather silly to not have one, tbh.

I'll stick with my 60gig ipod video for the moment, although the idea of a 160gig is making me droll rather copiously...
imkeller 6th September 2007, 19:27 Quote
I saw the picture and thought, "oh look, it's 3 iPods and an iPhone". But wait, no, it's 3 fat iPods and an iPhone without the phone. So it's an 'i'. Hooray.
Bluephoenix 6th September 2007, 19:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Risky
I think it's for posing with and not much else, imo.

QFT

one thing can fix that though:
riggs 6th September 2007, 19:34 Quote
Shuffle = no screen, no point. Might as well just go for a Zen Stone Plus
Nano = better than the original nano imo, at least now it doesn't look like you can snap it in half
Classic = not my cup of tea - I've got no need for that much storage...I don't need to carry my entire music collection with me (and 160GB?!? WTF?)
Touch = way too big considering the tiny storage size.

Now, if they could squeeze the features of the Touch into the casing of the new Nano, that'd be pretty cool. Not that I'd ever buy an iPod mind you...
<A88> 6th September 2007, 19:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by fathazza
surely htc have some sort of patent on their Touch?

That refered more to the software than the hardware. Whilst they did produce a PDA called the Touch, they've released the app for many other devices as well now.

<A88>
wafflesomd 6th September 2007, 19:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by riggs

Classic = not my cup of tea - I've got no need for that much storage...I don't need to carry my entire music collection with me (and 160GB?!? WTF?)

You clearly don't have enough music.

I'd love to have 160 gigs, because that's a small fraction of my entire library. I would buy an ipod, if my iriver weren't superior in every way.
BioSniper 6th September 2007, 19:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by riggs
Shuffle = no screen, no point. Might as well just go for a Zen Stone Plus

I have a shuffle and personally feel it to be far superior to the Zen stone. The controls aren't fiddly for a start, it has a clip on the back, and being made of metal it's highly durable.
I've taken it kite landboarding with me and it's survived a couple of off's with little more than grass stains, and the clip is great for when you are exercising.

Of course if you don't have a need for the clip and durability and ease of use then I'm sure the Zen is great.
serial_ 6th September 2007, 19:45 Quote
I'll never understand why people chunk money into iPods. They are shite devices with limited features. The proprietary nature of the device alone is enough to make me wary.

I'll stick with my Samsung T9 yahkthx. I'd like to upgrade to the archos that got posted earlier, i've had my eye on those for a while, since they support divx =). As far as size goes, they're the same size roughly as the iPod. That's not a lot of bulk for something that you could comfortably watch on the commute^^
proxess 6th September 2007, 19:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkReaper
I'll stick with my 60gig ipod video for the moment, although the idea of a 160gig is making me droll rather copiously...

Our feelings are mutual.
pendragon 6th September 2007, 21:30 Quote
ipods = /snore

those Iriver players do indeed look sexy ..if my Creative player ever goes south on me, I may pick up one of them
lamboman 6th September 2007, 22:53 Quote
Apple products are getting more boring and uglier by the second. There are so many players that do the same thing better, why get an iPod anymore? As for the Shuffle, I think it is great, but the new colours are too feminine and boring. I like my older green shuffle thanks.
DarkReaper 6th September 2007, 23:17 Quote
I rather like my alpine green ipod video really :)

http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/5158/ipodgreentr5.jpg

I'm curious as to what Colorware will do with the new ipod classics though.
docodine 6th September 2007, 23:59 Quote
Is alley misspelled, or is that the spelling over in the UK?

(The part right before Zune)
DriftCarl 7th September 2007, 00:17 Quote
I might actually buy the fat nano. I have never owned an ipod but it would be nice to fill it with friends episodes and stealth watch a few when im bored at work.
im not one to care about video or sound quality, as long as i can see and hear it I am fine. Its probably why i dont mind watching "cam" movies. after 5 mins of seing it badly cropped and cut off, i get into it and dont really notice it.
bloodcar 7th September 2007, 00:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by docodine
Is alley misspelled, or is that the spelling over in the UK?

(The part right before Zune)

That's how you spell alley everywhere?

I don't own an mp3 player of any kind but many, the classic and Touch really make me want to own one. Who knows, maybe one of these days...
completemadness 7th September 2007, 00:56 Quote
£270 for 16gb ? you have to be joking
Edenalig 7th September 2007, 01:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by serial_
I'll never understand why people chunk money into iPods. They are shite devices with limited features. The proprietary nature of the device alone is enough to make me wary.

I'll stick with my Samsung T9 yahkthx. I'd like to upgrade to the archos that got posted earlier, i've had my eye on those for a while, since they support divx =). As far as size goes, they're the same size roughly as the iPod. That's not a lot of bulk for something that you could comfortably watch on the commute^^


I have a Dension Ice Link in my car that allows the steering controlls to run the ipod, it works great and I have 30Gb of audio/video on the move. I have yet to find another player to do the same, I will however eat my words as and when someone finds an alternative lol ;)
GoodBytes 7th September 2007, 03:00 Quote
Heuu is it just me or Apple does everything they can to push the ipod Touch, with their ugly design and ugly 60's pastel colors. I mean come on!
The iPhone Touch makes me thing they are broken iPhones where they removed the chip to make phone calls and the SIM card reader and sell it to you.
Risky 7th September 2007, 10:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Edenalig
I have a Dension Ice Link in my car that allows the steering controlls to run the ipod, it works great and I have 30Gb of audio/video on the move. I have yet to find another player to do the same, I will however eat my words as and when someone finds an alternative lol ;)

Yeah, I've had to buy a iPod for the car (AMI interface). Now I have to go and bloody sort out the tags on everything, which I didn't bother with before (I was using folders on the iAudio and Squeezebox).

I really hate iTunes on several levels, but I guess I'll get there in the end.
Da_Rude_Baboon 7th September 2007, 10:58 Quote
Then don't use iTunes Risky. There are plenty of alternatives out there which work better.
Risky 7th September 2007, 11:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Da_Rude_Baboon
Then don't use iTunes Risky. There are plenty of alternatives out there which work better.

I'm off to have a look. Could also do with a pointer on tag editors and audio convertors. I'm trying out tag and rename for the tagging and I think I used switch or something for the bulk conversion of the ofgg files but I may need to recook it as the tags and filenames were so screwed.
seebul 7th September 2007, 12:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by 24-1
the touch is very much "why bother" ill wait a few months get an iphone on a cheap contract deal.

The iphone price isnt going to be subsidized by networks like they do with normal phones...
Quote:
Originally Posted by wafflesomd

I'd love to have 160 gigs, because that's a small fraction of my entire library.

A fraction of your library?! I want to see proof! :p
M_D_K 7th September 2007, 13:46 Quote
hmmm my 80GB 5th gen video is nearly full hmmm it would be nice to have the 160gb and yay for it not having the damn shiney back which makes you clean it every 2seconds and inspect for new scratches. Don't say you don't eveyrone does it lol, although there is a point of no return when your pod gets a wopping great scratch down the back and you give up on the shinyness.
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