New iPods

Only those living under rocks will have failed to have seen Apple’s new iPods today given the wall to wall coverage this event has been given.

So here is my take on the whole thing…

The shuffle gets a color make over. What else is there to say…

The new iPod nano looks a little strange to me. I would need to see one in person, but from what I can tell from the photographs, it looks a little wider and a lot shorter than the old nano. Again, I will need to see it in person, but I think we lost something in usability here. The old nano was easy to hold and control with one hand, using your thumb to control the click-wheel. The new nano looks like it will force you to cock your thumb quite low to access the click-wheel, and I am just not sure how comfortable that will be.

The iPod classic looks just like the previous one, perhaps they will call the next iteration “iPod retro”, but somehow I don’t think there will be a next iteration, and this version will be subsumed by the iPod touch.

The iPod touch looks very nice. Basically it is an iPhone without the phone, and with more storage. There are a few notable additions though: the first is the addition of WiFi, along with Safari and YouTube; the second is the addition of the Wifi music store allowing you to buy music right from your iPod; the third is the deal with Starbucks which allows you to use Wifi access in their coffee shops to buy music from the iTunes music store (this feels constrained and I would hope that this is opened you so that you can browse anywhere on the internet.)

Finally, the 4GB iPhone has been dropped, and there has been a substantial price reduction on the 8GB iPhone, $200 in fact, so a 33% or a 50% drop depending on how you look at it. Personally I prefer to think of it as a 33% drop because it feels less of a burn for those of us who bought it at $600 when it first came out.

Updated – Om Malik explains how to get $200 back on your iPhone if you purchased it in the last 14 days.


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