Handicapping Apple's September 9 event (updated)

Handicapping Apple's September 9 event (updated)

Summary: Now that it's official that Apple will be holding a special "Let's Rock" media event in San Francisco on Tuesday let's take a look under the curtain to see what announcements may be in store from Cupertino.It's pretty apparent that new iPods are in the offing, mostly because the invitation clearly shows and iPod display (not to mention the campy "Let's Rock" theme) and because new iPods have been announced at the last two three years' September events.

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Handicapping AppleÂ’s September 9 eventNow that it's official that Apple will be holding a special "Let's Rock" media event in San Francisco on Tuesday let's take a look under the curtain to see what announcements may be in store from Cupertino.

It's pretty apparent that new iPods are in the offing, mostly because the invitation clearly shows and iPod display (not to mention the campy "Let's Rock" theme) and because new iPods have been announced at the last two three years' September events.

Let's recap:

At the September 2007 event Apple announced:

  • iPod touch
  • iPod nano 3G
  • iPod classic 80, 160GB
  • iPhone price drop $599 to $399
  • iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store
  • Apple and Starbucks Music partnership

At the September 2006 event Apple announced:

  • iTunes 7 w/Movie purchases
  • iPod 5G (30 & 80GB)
  • iPad nano 2G (aluminum)
  • iPod shuffle 2G (micro)
  • Apple and NFL Highlights on iTunes
  • Preview of "iTV" coming in January

At the September 2005 event Apple announced:

Digg's Kevin Rose's has made a number of predictions... ...about the event including a brand new iPod nano that's skinnier and longer with a widescreen display mounted in a portrait orientation. Rose claims that the nano will also have a more rounded, oval profile unlike previous iPods which have flat front and rear faces. According to Rose the iPod touch will be getting some minor cosmetic changes and will get the new 2.1 software that will roll out to the iPhone shortly thereafter. Rose predicts iPod price cuts to distance them from the new lower-priced iPhone.

The most interesting rumors surround iTunes 8. Rose claims that it will be  a "big update" with new features including a new music recommendation feature. MacRumors floated a tip that the new recommendation engine could manifest itself as a "Genius playlist" that "would be able to generate a playlist based on the qualities of a selected song, giving a Pandora-like experience with your own music library." Rose adds that iTunes 8 will have new "trippy" visualizations with one described as "planet like objects wrapping around each other with stars/light streams".

Today Rose adds more fuel to the iTunes 8 fire:

iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together. Genius also includes Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don't already have.

With iTunes 8, browse your artists and albums visually with the new Grid view; download your favorite TV shows in HD quality from the iTunes Store; sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (2nd generation), and iPod touch (2nd generation); and enjoy a stunning new music visualizer.

With the NFL Season kicking off here in the U.S. tomorrow, I think that Apple will announce a new NFL application for iPhone and iPod touch that will be a must-have item for all the fantasy football players out there. Just like MLB's At-Bat iPhone application (iTunes link) the NFL version will feature live scoring, video replays and the ability to follow specific players or teams. I'd buy that.

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  • I'm hoping for iPod Touch with GPS. [nt]

    [nt]
    olePigeon
  • Multiple touch models?

    If I was to bet on something different I
    would put money (up to 25 cents :) ) on
    multiple models in the touch range - with
    one including a HD to replace the Classic.
    That moves OS X more into the iPod
    range, which I think is one of Apple's
    objectives.

    If the Nano can hold it OS X would also be
    nice there as it opens it up to the
    AppStore. Tight fit, but more revenues
    for Apple.
    Ken_z
  • This "smart" software...

    ...really gives me gas! I don't want some damn "genius" putting my playlists together. I'll put them together myself, thank you very much!
    Userama
  • An iTouch with more space

    I really like the iTouch and all its feature and display, but I want more space. If Apple made a 80GB or better iTouch, I would buy. I have an extensive music collection that fits nicely on my iPod classic and just waiting on Apple to give me more space on the iTouch.
    pamark1
  • More HD Space

    i want a 250GB or maybe a 320GB ipod classic
    applegod
  • I'm hoping for an Entertainment announcement

    New iPods and updates to iTunes would sure be nifty, but it
    would nice if Apple were to address the bigger entertainment
    picture: music, movies, and live TV via an improved Apple TV
    DVR or enhancements to the Mac Mini to do that.

    That would rock; new iPods only sway.
    keaura
  • The storage space...

    On ipod touch is pitiful. Apple makes 3 ipod touches, exactly alike. And put different size HDs in all of them. Just to make more money. They need to just make 1 size fit all. And use that extra energy and planning on something else. This reminds me of the Mac Mini, what a joke.Instead of that paperweight, a Mini tower gaming computer, with perhaps a 512MB graphics card from Nvidia and ATI, and a high end processor, would be nice. But I guess, thats for another blog.
    blackjack861@...
  • RE: Handicapping Apple's September 9 event (updated)

    Don't forget that the first iPod with Video capabilities was announced in Sept '05-- the v.5 iPod in 30G and 60G capacities... kind of a big one to miss, isn't it?
    jld17
  • New MacBooks with FREE concealed wireless iPod. Let's Rock!

    What better way to expand market share, add value, and
    propagate Apple's standard?

    New FREE wireless iPod/PDA stored inside a refreshed
    MacBook and ejects from a concealed toaster slot/dock. New
    sync software. Everybody -- let's Rock!
    Nun Atak