Apple Unveils New iPods, iTunes 7
September 12, 2006 at 12:02 PM (PT)
It's hardly the widescreen, touchscreen model fans were hoping for, but APPLE's latest Video iPod was unveiled TODAY, featuring a 60% brighter screen, longer battery life, and new headphones, plus a software update that provides better video playback and several new games. The line now includes an 80 GB version for $350 as well as a 30 GB version for $250. The popular iPod Nano is now available in a 2 GB version and is thinner than previous models, and the screen-less iPod Shuffle is now even smaller than before and will come only in a 1 GB model with an attached clip for $79. And addressing a longstanding rumor about the possibility of a home theater-oriented Mac Mini, the company announced an upcoming set-top video box called iTV that will allow streaming of media stored on home computer networks to TV sets via APPLE's FRONT ROW interface.
To go along with the new models, APPLE also launched iTUNES 7 with the iTUNES Movie Store offering 640x480 resolution movies at $9.99 for most selections, $12.99 for new release pre-orders, and $14.99 for new releases. The movies will play on iPods or in iTunes but not in most other players; the initial selections are from the DISNEY catalog (DISNEY, PIXAR, TOUCHSTONE, MIRAMAX).