CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell gives his take on the new Apple iPod announcement.
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Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.
The new iPod Nano, which is just as slender as its predecessor but shorter and squatter, has a 2-inch display with an iPod video's 320x240 resolution. The new Nano--available beginning this weekend--supports Cover Flow and video games (three are included--Vortex, Sudoku, and a mystery game). Cover Flow on the Nano shows albums against a white background, differentiating itself from the iPhone's cover flow. The Now Playing screen now shows cover artwork, artist, title, and rating information all in one view. Browsing music, videos, and photos now takes advantage of a split-screen view that offers a visual preview of the selection on the right half of the screen. The new Nano will be available in a $149 4GB version (available only in silver), and a $199 8GB version, which will come in multiple colors (silver, black, red, periwinkle, and jade). Battery life is rated at 24 hours for music and five hours for video. Here's our video First Look for the new iPod Nano.
Available in both 80GB ($249) and 160GB ($349) capacities, the iPod Classic, which will be available beginning this weekend, is a refinement of the 5G iPod design. It's lighter and thinner, and offers the same user interface as the new Nano. As with the Nano, the Classic now comes encased in anodized aluminum and is available in either black or silver.
At only 8mm thin, the iPod Touch makes good on the promise of a phone-less iPhone. The user interface is identical to the iPhone's iPod. The display uses the iPhone's same multitouch interface and takes advantage of accelerometer technology that will trigger a landscape mode when turned on its side. The iPod Touch will be available sometime this month in 8GB ($299) and 16GB ($399) capacities.
Also, four new Shuffle colors are on the way, including a red Shuffle to benefit the AIDS relief in Africa.
For up-to-the-minute information on the latest iPod news, check out CNET's iPod Central.
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