Apple announces new iPod touch, nano, shuffle, classic; iTunes 9

Apple today announced its new lineup of iPod portable music players, as well as updated iTunes software. Here's the rundown.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor

Apple today announced (techmeme) its new holiday lineup of iPod touch, nano, shuffle and classic portable music players, as well as updated iTunes software.

Here's the rundown of what's new:

Apple iPod touch (store link)

  • 8GB: $199
  • 32GB: $299
  • 64GB: $399
  • New features: faster processor, OpenGL support, free iPhone OS 3.1 (from 3.0)
  • Note: no video camera or microphone

Apple iPod classic (store link)

  • 160GB: $249

Apple iPod nano (store link)

  • 8GB: $149
  • 16GB: $179
  • New features: built-in video camera, speaker, Genius Mixes, FM radio tuner, built-in pedometer, larger 2.2-in. display, 9 colors (silver, black, red, yellow, orange, green, blue, pink, purple), environmentally-friendly

Apple iPod shuffle (store link)

  • 2GB: $59
  • 4GB: $79
  • New features: Colors (pink, green, silver, blue, black, special edition stainless steel), VoiceOver meter

iTunes 9 (download link)

  • More than 30,000 ringtones from all 4 major music labels for $1.29 each
  • Genius playlists, apps -- "Genius Mixes"
  • Improved syncing
  • Share content with up to 5 computers in your house
  • Redesigned Store
  • App organization
  • iTunes LP -- full-album support
  • Note: Beatles-related news not announced

Fast Facts:

  • 30 million iPhones sold to date
  • 220 million iPods sold to date
  • 20 million iPod touch sold to date
  • 100 million iPod nano sold to date
  • iPods: 73.8% iPods, 17.9% Other (inc. Sony), 7.2% SanDisk Sansa, 1.1% Microsoft Zune
  • iTunes No. 1 music retailer in world
  • 8.5 billion songs sold
  • 100,000,000 accounts linked to credit cards

And if you missed it, here's Sam Diaz's liveblog of the event, here's a ZDNet photo gallery from the event and here's a video of Apple CEO Steve Jobs returning to the stage.

Wall Street did not like the announcement: Apple (AAPL) shares were down 2.40, or 1.39%, in afternoon trading.

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