Apple pares down iPod

The new iPod is lighter than before, and stores up to 30GB of music. But it sacrifices battery life

Apple on Tuesday radically updated its iPod MP3 player with a new version that weighs in at just 159 grams -- slightly lighter than the 185 grams of the existing model.

The new iPod is is available in three versions, holding 10GB, 15GB and 30GB of data respectively. The 10GB version costs £249. However, the new models have a lower battery life: Apple rates the new iPod at eight hours of playtime, compared to the 10 hours managed by the old iPods.

You can see an image of the new iPod here.

A new dock on the 15GB and 30GB models includes supports audio-out for direct connection to a stereo. All the iPods support FireWire and USB 2.0 connection to both Apple and Windows computers, although the Windows USB 2.0 drivers won't be available until June. The iPod also includes a couple of games, an alarm clock and a file viewer -- as before, it can act as a portable file store.

You can see a full preview of the new iPod here on ZDNet UK Reviews.

"The competition hasn't even caught up with our first-generation iPod, and we're introducing our third generation," said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs in a statement.

The new iPod for Mac and Windows PCs will be available in the UK from the second week of May.


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