Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Apple revamped iTunes, and iPods

Apple today announced sweeping changes to its lineup of iPod digital media players and unveiled a redesigned version of its Apple TV media server. It also updated its iTunes service and the iOS 4 software that powers iPods, iPods, and iPhones. Here are the details:

As expected, the new Touch model is basically an iPhone 4, minus the phone, boasting the same ultra-sharp Retina display, fast A4 processor, and two cameras, including a front-facing one to facilitate Face Time video chats with other Touches and iPhone 4s. As with the iPhone 4, the front rear-facing 5 megapixel camera can shoot pictures (960 x 720) and capture video in HD (720 P), has advanced on-board editing tools (a $5 download), and can beam that content wirelessly to the new Apple TV (see below). Measuring 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.28 inches, the Touch is smaller than its predecessor. One surprise: Prices and capacities remain unchanged: a 8GB player is $230; a 32GB player is $300; and a 64GB player is $400. The fate of the hard-drive-based iPod classic, however, remains uncertain.


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