At a special media event today, Apple rolled out a few new products to their digital music offerings.
Probably the most notable of the new products is the iPod Nano. This tiny new flash-based digital music player takes the place of the iPod Mini (no longer being sold). It sports a color screen, 2 or 4GB sizes, 14 hour battery life and is not a whole lot larger than the iPod Shuffle. It sells for $199 (2GB) or $249 (4GB). The high end is only $50 less than the 20GB iPod which seems like a bit of a stretch to me, but I guess people will buy it because it’s small and looks cool, not because of how much music it holds (that’s why they bought the minis right?).
Apple also released a new version of iTunes (ver. 5.0) which sports a new (more streamlined/rounded) look similar to the new Mail.App in Tiger.
Also new in this release:
- Search Bar
Find stuff fast and refine your search with the handy new Search Bar.
- Smart Shuffle
Adjust random playback to hear what you want.
- Sync from Outlook
iTunes now supports iPod syncing for Outlook and Outlook Express on Windows PCs.
- Playlist Folders
Organize all your playlists into folders.
- Parental Controls
Limit kidsâ€™ access to the iTunes Music Store and sharing features.
- Album Reviews
Browse over 1,000 album reviews.
- iTunes for Your Mobile Phone
Sync music to the Motorola ROKR E1.
iPod Phone (ROKR E1)
Apple’s third (and least impressive) release today was the iPod Phone from Motorola. The phone, called the ROKR E1, has been rumored for quite some time now. It will sync with the new version of iTunes and hold 100 songs. The ROKR (how do you supposed to pronounce that?) is available with service from Cingular.