iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

Summary: Although the iPhone 4S wasn't the earth-shattering announcement we were hoping for, somehow the iPod still got lost in the shuffle.

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Falling somewhere in the middle of all the iPhone 4S hype (or disappointment?) and Apple praising itself about the iPad and Mac lineup, the iPod was lost in the shuffle.

One could argue that the iPod has been ignored by Apple for awhile, although that might not really be true considering that CEO Tim Cook asserted that more than 300 million iPods have been sold, with 45 million iPods units purchased between July 2010 and June 2011.

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The iPod Shuffle is staying still for the most part, while the iPod nano really got the biggest update. Along with a price drop, Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller announced at the "Let's Talk iPhone" (not iPod) event at its Cupertino, Calif.-headquarters on Tuesday that the iPod Nano will host the following features:

  • Multi-touch display can now host large icons (rather than just the usual four)
  • Improved fitness experience on Nike+ app (no extra sensors required)
  • 16 new clocks (including an iconic Mickey Mouse pattern)

Apple is relying on the advancement of iCloud and iOS 5 when it comes to the iPod touch. Additionally, that portable music player will also be available in white from now on.

So here's the rundown on the pricing for the iPod family now:

  • iPod Shuffle (2GB): Stays the same at $49
  • iPod Nano: 8GB for $129, 16GB for $149
  • iPod touch: 8GB for $199, 16GB for $299, 64GB for $399

These will be available on Wednesday, October 12 -- just a few days before the iPhone 4S.

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  • RE: iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

    I think ZDnet should do a comparison of the Amazon Fire and the iPod touch. It looks like the Fire just has a lot more features than the iPod Touch for the same money.
    vernmc@...
    • RE: iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

      @vernmc@...
      You're comparing Apples and, um, "oranges". The iPod Touch will fit in a dress shirt pocket without being noticed, can connect to iTunes, and runs nearly all the iPhone apps. The Touch allows you to read books from iBooks, Nook, and Kindle on its Retina display. The Amazon Fire can do a lot, but it can't do any of the above except display Kindle books. It's a different device for a different group of consumers.
      Photog7
      • RE: iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

        @photog7 I guess that is why I would like to see a comparison because I see the Fire will run Android apps and there is a Nook app and a Netflix app. But I don't see where these won't run on the Fire. The Fire plays music also. You must have a better source of info than I have.
        vernmc@...
    • RE: iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

      @vernmc@... If by more features you mean closed to other content providers with worse hardware then the blackberry playbook.
      kingcobra23
  • RE: iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

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    seolair
  • RE: iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

    "Improved fitness experience on Nike+ app (no extra sensors required)"

    Everyone is reporting this, but doesn't last years nano already do this? I've been using mine without a sensor for awhile...
    bitpicnic
  • RE: iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

    Any word on bluetooth? I might be interested in a bluetooth capable Nano.
    dsf3g
  • RE: iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

    What about the iPod Classic???
    ArmorOfGod7
  • RE: iPod touch, iPod nano fall behind flickering shadow of iPhone 4S

    What more can they do to the Nano and Shuffle? Apple know this. They're small MP3 Players and that's their entire job.
    bradavon
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