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Signs strengthen that iPod is becoming shutterbug

Rumors grow stronger that Apple may add cameras to the iPod Nano and iPod Touch, and introduce on September 9 a new digital-album format called Cocktail.

For the past several years, Apple has gathered in September to launch its newest iPod products for the holiday-shopping season.

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Rumors have been circling for some time that Apple would refresh its iPod lineup this fall--and that cameras would be coming to the iPod Nano and iPod Touch models. And a September 9 event is all but confirmed. A Wednesday report by AppleInsider "can independently confirm" from "people familiar with the matter" the date and the expected iPod updates.

AppleInsider didn't cite sources for the rumor confirmations but said it "has it on authority." Along with Boy Genius Report and other rumor sites, AppleInsider has also speculated that iTunes 9 will debut in September and add social networking to the music organizer, among other changes.

A new digital-album format is also expected to debut in September. Code-named Cocktail, Apple's new album format is rumored to include photos, lyric sheets, liner notes, and clips from music videos.

It also seems clear at this point is that an Apple tablet will not make its debut during the September event.