Apple watchers spot 'iPod Nano' pix, iTunes hints

The rumor mill has long been predicting a longer, leaner new version of the iPod Nano, and now it's conjuring up some pictures.

Update 11:57 a.m. PDT: Added a paragraph on iTunes 8 and iPhone 2.1.

Tuesday's Apple event can't come soon enough for the gazillions of people eager to find out what the company has in store.

purported iPod Nano
Could this be the iPod Nano that everyone's been expecting? MacNN

Hence, the latest rumor/hint/supposition: The Web site MacNN says it has confirmed that there is indeed such a thing as the fourth-generation iPod Nano, which has long been suspected as one of the highlights of Tuesday's "Let's Rock" event. It also has what is says is a "verified authentic photo" of the device.

The supposedly imminent new iPod Nano, MacNN says and shows, sports the previously reported long, lean, tapered look, along with an aluminum skin. The photo on the site shows a copper-hued music player encased in a protective plastic display housing.

Engadget, meanwhile, is offering up a picture of an unboxed alleged iPod Nano, in lime.

And a bit later on Saturday, we spotted an item on Ars Technica's Infinite Loop, wherein it is reported, according to a source close to the situation, that iTunes 8 has been confirmed for the Tuesday event, and, according to another source, that iPhone 2.1 will be released that day.

CNET News will be live-blogging from Tuesday's shindig, so check back starting at 10 a.m. PDT that day for up-to-the-minute reporting on Apple's actual unveilings.

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