Wooooo! Jobs is back. And he brings the new iPod Nano with camera, iPod Touch with cheaper price, the new iTunes 9 with greater features and the iPod Classic with larger volume. They are awesome. Now let’s take a detailed look about the new iPod and iTunes. Let’s Rock and Roll.
The Fifth Gen iPod Nano – Add camera, FM radio, etc.
The fifth generation iPod Nano is also a video camera…and radio and a pedometer and a voice recorder too. Details as follow:
• Video camera (640×480)
• 2.2-inch screen that’s .2 inches larger than last model
• FM Radio!!!!! That you can pause!! And iTunes tag!
• NO STILL CAMERA
• Integrated mic
• Integrated speaker
• One-click YouTube uploads (through your computer)
• Voice Over like Shuffle
• Pedometer with Nike+ syncing online
• Voice Recorder
iPod nano provides up to 24 hours of music playback or five hours of video playback on a single charge. The 8GB model holds up to 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos, eight hours of video and seven hours of captured video; and the 16GB model holds up to 4,000 songs, 14,000 photos, 16 hours of video and 14 hours of captured video.
The iPod nano is seeing a hotly-anticipated refresh today. The big addition? A camera that just so happens to shoot live video (but not stills, apparently). On the lower left of the new fifth-generation nano, you’ll find the camera as well as a speaker and microphone, but unfortunately you’ll have to sync it with your computer before you upload clips to YouTube. The camera-laden nanos will be available starting today in a rainbow’s worth of hues (nine, if we’re being precise), with the 8GB model pegged at $149 and the 16GB edition at $179 — though, we should mention that yellow and red are Apple Store exclusives. Oh, and oddly / tragically enough, the iPod nano is officially the only dedicated iPod with a camera, leaving the iPod touch — and every human on the planet — scratching their head in befuddlement. Meanwhile, iPhone 3G users are equally bewildered by the fact that a mid-range iPod can shoot video while a fully-capable smartphone cannot.
As for other specs, you’ll find a built-in FM tuner with Live Pause (!) and iTunes Tagging, a pedometer (you know, for that fancy Nike+ integration), VoiceOver, support for voice memos and a larger 2.2-inch display (up from 2.0-inches) with a 376 x 240 resolution. As for the camera, we’re told that the video capture mode snags footage in VGA quality (640 x 480) H.264, with up to 30fps and AAC audio. If you’re feeling fancy, there’s also 15 real-time special effects including Sepia, Black and White, X-Ray, Film Grain, Thermal, Security Cam, Cyborg, Bulge, Kaleido and Motion Blur (among others). As for dimensions, the 5G nano remains identical to the 4G nano at 3.6- x 1.5- x 0.24-inches, though it somehow shaves a whopping 0.02 ounces as it climbs down from 1.3 to 1.28 ounces. Curious about battery life? Apple claims that the new nano can last up to 24 hours when playing back audio (same as 4G nano), while video playback should zap the rechargeable battery in just five hours (which is up an hour over its predecessor).
iPod Touch 3G – Drop price, Still not have Camera
8GB , $199; Up to 1,750 songs; Up to 10 hours video
32GB , $299; Up to 7,000 songs; Up to 40 hours video
64GB , $399; Up to 14,000 songs; UP to 80 hours video
iPhone / iPod touch OS 3.1.1 Free Download on iTunes Now
• improved syncing for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and photos
• iTunes U content organization
• Redeem iTunes Gift Cards, codes, and certificates in the App Store
• Display available iTunes account credits in the App Store and iTunes Store
• Save video from Mail and MMS into Camera Roll
• Option to “Save as new clip” when trimming a video on iPhone 3GS
• Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on
• Remotely lock iPhone with a passcode via MobileMe
• Use Voice Control on iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth headsets
• Paste phone numbers into the keypad
• Option to use Home button to turn on accessibility features on iPhone 3GS
• Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation handling
• Fixes issue that cause some app icons to display incorrectly
iPod Shuffle – More colors and a special edition
The Shuffles are now at $59 for 2GB, $79 for 4GB and come in black, silver, pink, green and blue.
The Special Edition version comes only in 4GB, and it being polished stainless steel, weights a bit more. Phil Schiller, in an interview with Brian, said that the process for doing the special edition in stainless steel was different than the aluminum models. It costs $20 more. The heft of the special edition makes it feel more special, said Brian. But I’m not sure if it’s $20 more special.
The iPod Classic just got bumped up to 160GB for the old price of $250.
Here are some free resources for the new iPod Family