New iPods! - Highlights from Apple's "Let's Rock" event

Apple's "Let's Rock" event is underway in San Francisco. Here are the highlights from the event.

Apple's "Let's Rock" event is underway in San Francisco.

Here are the highlights from the event:

New updated iPod gallery!

  • Steve Jobs is looking quite healthy and energetic ... that should reassure investors. Slide says "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
  • iTunes currently offers 8.5 million songs, over 125,000 podcasts, over 30,000 TV shows, around 2600 movies and more than 3,000 apps for iPhone and iPod touch. #1 music distributor.
  • iTunes 8 out today. New features - Accessibility, Genius sidebar (makes recommendations), new browsing. Support for HD TV shows. Automatically make playlists with a single click. Download iTunes 8.
  • NBC back on iTunes.
  • Onto the iPod. NPD data indicates that the iPod has a 73.4% marketshare (Microsoft's Zune stands at 2.6%).
  • iPod classic - Thick iPod classic to be discontinued, thin upgraded to 120GB and cost $249.
  • iPod nano - Oval cross-section. Calendar, stopwatch, voice recording when a mic is fitted. Screen switches between portrait and landscape. New UI. New "shake to shuffle" feature. 24 hour batter life for music, 4 hours battery life for video.
  • New nanos have arsenic-free glass, BFR-free, mercury-free, PVC-free and highly recyclable.
  • New nano colors (no white).
  • Nano to come in two flavors - $149 for the 8GB model, $199 for the 16GB model. Available shortly.
  • New in-ear earphones - $79.
  • iPod touch - Contoured stainless steel, integrated volume control, built-in speaker, built-in Nike+ receiver.
  • 36 hours battery life for music, 6 hours for video.
  • New iPod touch devices have arsenic-free glass, BFR-free, mercury-free, PVC-free and highly recyclable.
  • Price: 8GB is $229, 16GB is $299 and 32GB is $399. Available immediately. Incorporates software 2.1.
  • iPod touch 2.1 software will be free for anyone who bought 2.0, otherwise it's $9.95.
  • App Store - 100 million apps in 60 days.
  • New App Store games - Spore Origins, Real Soccer 2009, Need for Speed: Undercover.
  • iPhone - Software update 2.1 available this Friday. Free. Improved battery life, fewer dropped calls, less crashing, improved backup ...

More as it comes in ...