Apple's Let's Rock event wrap-up

The following is a wrap-up of Apple's Lets Rock media event today in San Francicso which began at 10:00 am PT.iTunes Stats:8.
Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributor

The following is a wrap-up of Apple's Lets Rock media event today in San Francicso which began at 10:00 am PT.

iTunes Stats:

  • 8.5 million songs
  • 125,000 podcasts
  • 30,000 TV shows
  • 2600 movies
  • 3,000 apps for iPhone and touch

iTunes 8:

  • HD TV shows. US$1.99 (SD), US$2.99 (HD)
  • NBC is back (The Office, 30 Rock, etc.)
  • Grid view allows you to browse by album cover, genre
  • Genius feature allows you to make playlists from songs in your library that go together
  • Genius sidebar makes recommendations from the iTunes store
  • Genius sends data about your iTunes library to Apple (anonymously), combines it with info from others, and it gets smarter

Full, bullet-by-bullet breakdown after the jump...

iPod marketshare (NPD):

  1. iPod 73.4%
  2. Other 15.4%
  3. Sandisk 8.6%
  4. Microsoft 2.6%

More iPod stats:

  • 160 million iPods sold to date
  • 90% of US cars offer iPod integration

New iPod classic

  • Thick model discontinued
  • Thin model increase to 120GB - US$249

New iPod nano (4G):

  • Curved aluminum design
  • Curved glass
  • Thinnest iPod ever
  • Enhanced user interface
  • Accelerometer - adjusts screen orientation when turned
  • Genius playlist creation - push and hold center button
  • Calendar
  • Stopwatch
  • Voice recording when it detects a microphone
  • Shake to shuffle
  • 24 hours battery life for music, 4 hours for video
  • Six new colors - purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red
  • Three old colors - silver, black and pink (silver and black have black Clickwheels, the rest have white)
  • US$149 (8GB), US$199 (16GB)
  • 8GB in stock in the next few days, the 16GB hopefully this weekend

iPod nano "environmental checklist":

  • Arsenic-free
  • BFR-free
  • Mercury-free
  • PVC-free
  • Highly-recyclable

New Apple earbuds:

  • Pause / play and volume control
  • Double click goes to next song
  • Triple click goes to previous song
  • Microphone for voice recording
  • 3 earbuds
  • 2 drivers each, a woofer and tweeter
  • US$79

New iPod touch:

  • Multi-touch interface
  • Same 3.5-inch display
  • Even thinner design
  • Contoured stainless steel design
  • Integrated volume controls into the side
  • Built-in speake
  • Genius playlist creation
  • App Store built-in
  • Enhanced UI, better artwork on albums.
  • Nike+ receiver built-in (still requires a transmitter for your shoe)
  • 802.11 b/g wireless
  • 36 hours of music, 6 hours of video
  • US$229 (8GB), US$299 (16GB), US$399 (32GB)

More stats:

  • 100 million apps downloaded from the App Store
  • 60th day the store has been open
  • 700 games
  • Spore Origins released in App Store
  • Real Soccer 2009 released today - virtual transparent D-Pad
  • Need for Speed

iPhone 2.1 firmware:

  • Big update
  • Fixes lots of bugs
  • Fewer dropped calls
  • Better battery life improvements
  • No crashes with Apps
  • Backing up is faster
  • Available Friday

Jack Johnson steps out to perform a live acoustic songe. He's sold over 60 million albums, he's the #1 selling male artist in iTunes history.Event concludes at about 11:00 am PT.

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