New-look nano highlights Apple’s iPod changes

Philip Michaels
10 September, 2008
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Apple revamped its iPod line, highlighted by a new version of the iPod nano with a curved aluminum design and built-in accelerometer that changes viewing modes with the flick of a wrist.

In addition to the nano, Apple also introduced a single iPod classic model and changes to the iPod touch.

The new iPod nano, introduced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during a press briefing in San Francisco Tuesday, is touted as the thinnest iPod ever built and features a taller form factor with a larger screen than the previous nano.

Jobs touted the newly redesigned iPod nano as more environmentally friendly than past models, using arsenic-free glass, free of BFRs, mercury and PVC, and made of more recyclable materials. “There’s more we’re going to do in the future, but these are the cleanest, toxic-free iPods we’ve ever built,” he said.

The revamped nano line comes in a host of colors—purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and silver. The 8GB nano sells for $199 while the 16GB model sells for $279; both nanos are now shipping.

Apple also pared down the iPod classic line to just one model—a 120GB music player that costs $339. Previously, the classic line came in two versions—an 80GB and a 160GB model.

The remodeled iPod touch adds integrated volume controls, a built-in speaker, and the same tapered back as the iPhone 3G. The 8GB touch costs $329, while the 16GB and 32GB models cost $419 and $549, respectively. All three iPod touch models are now shipping, and will no doubt form the centrepiece of Apple’s next Australian store opening on Saturday, at the Chadstone shopping centre in suburban Melbourne.

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