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Apple's new iTunes 10 + new iPods

September 2, 2010 - Ron Flaviano

Yesterday Apple introduced its brand new line of iPods, once again changing their features, sizes and appearances.  The most dramatic change is with (no surprise) the iPod Nano, which loses its video playback abilities and video camera, becomes smaller and now features a touch screen.  It is compact, colorful and comes in 8gig and 16gig models.

The iPod Touch becomes closer to an iPhone with the ability to shoot HD video and now features FaceTime video chatting.  Imagine a video walkie-talkie, as it doesn't use cell phone connection, but WiFi.  This could actually erode some of the cell phone companies strongholds.  In addition, the new iPod Touch's also include the much touted Retina displays (for better viewing) and A4 processors.

The iPod Shuffle takes a step back by becoming more like model from a few years back.  The last iPod Shuffle was minimized to a chicklet-like nib that held all the music, with all of the controls being on the headphone remote.  Now the new iPod Shuffle returns the playback, skip and volume buttons but manages to be a bit smaller than it's earlier postage stamp-sized model.

In addition to all of the iPod Mania, Apple also introduced a new AppleTV and the new iTunes 10.  This welcome revamping of iTunes improves speed performance and adds Ping, a social networking component for music lovers.  The interface is slightly modified, and there is a new viewing option of your music library.  There are no additions to the Visualizer component, but you are now able to rent episodes of television shows for 99 cents.  

The AppleTV became much smaller, and now streams NetFlix videos to your HDTV.  

Apple also introduced a new technology for using wireless technology to listen to your music throughout your home called AirPlay.  AirPlay equipped speakers, receivers and other components will allow you to play your iTunes library directly to your home stereo or AirPlay equipped speakers without any wiring.  A pretty cool idea.

Overall, Apple has breathed new life into its venerable iPod line while introducing several cool and desirable features.


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