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Apple Announces 9 September iPod Event

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Apple Announces 9 September iPod Event

Apple just can't keep secrets anymore...

The Cupertino giant has this week sent out official US press invites for a 9 September launch event with the tagline: "It's only rock and roll, but we like it." Yes, that's the same long speculated upon 9 September date when Apple is expected to announce new iPods. For the record, I very much doubt we'll see any sign of an 'iTablet' or the ubiquitous Beatles' iTunes deal (Apple adapted Rolling Stone lyrics!).

As for the iPods themselves, well we've again seen enough leaks to get the general idea of where they are headed. The third generation iPod touch line (it's not an iTouch people!) will get cheaper, there will undoubtedly be a new 64GB flagship model, they'll get integrated cameras with video (either on par with the iPhone 3GS or superior to keep up a sales differentiator) and the same faster, more battery efficient ARM Cortex-A8 processor as the 3GS.

New iPod nanos? Possibly, but they aren't the rumour magnets they once were. The a new controversial iPod shuffle? I doubt it so soon, though it could get a long overdue capacity jump up to 8GB which would give the new Sansa Clip+ some mildly better competition. The iPod Classic? Hard disk players are on their way out at Apple. Whether that will be confirmed this year or not, I don't know.

So I'd expect mild interest, but nothing overly earth shattering.

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Apple iPod Product Line

Pbryanw

September 1, 2009, 4:16 pm

I wonder if iTunes 9 will be announced at the event? If the leaks are true, then it will include some social networking features.





I'm still hoping (maybe in vain) that they'll announce the Beatles catalogue is coming to iTunes on the 9th as well.

James Reckitt

September 1, 2009, 4:36 pm

I heard a rumour that they're doing a mini version of the touch to replace the nano altogether (touch nano perhaps?). Wish they'd hurry up with this fabled iTablet though!

CptKirk

September 1, 2009, 5:17 pm

Definitely iTunes 9 on the 9/9/09.





I would prefer to see ACDC rather than the Beatles.





I very much doubt there will be a mini touch.





Finally Steve will be on stage.

Stewart

September 1, 2009, 6:06 pm

Why wait in vain for the Beatles catalog on iTunes? Buy the CDs and rip them. Likely to be cheaper and you can choose your compression/format. (Compressed for your iPod, lossless for playing at home through you hi-fi. If you're a Beatles fan you've probably got the CDs already anyway.

Pbryanw

September 1, 2009, 9:03 pm

I'm not a huge Beatles fan - I just own the Red & Blue albums - but I'd like to sample more of their back catalogue (and I'm not such a fan that I want more of their albums).





I don't think there's a place you can listen to their whole catalogue on the internet. I'd be just as happy if Spotify or Amazon got the rights, but iTunes seems the front-runner.

Cub

September 1, 2009, 9:24 pm

@CptKirk - Like your thinking re. the date, Apple have been known to release things on certain dates that tie in to the product before... So yeah, either iTunes, 9 or maybe The Police will be releasing their catalogue in the UK Store!





So long as it comes with the ability to organise the location of apps in the OS on your iPhone I'm happy... And hopefully, if the social networking features are true, the ability to turn them the hell off.

ffrankmccaffery

September 1, 2009, 10:02 pm

stewart: its pointless rationalising with such a person

OldTimer

September 2, 2009, 4:52 pm

I can see quite clearly the point Pbryanw is making which is that they do not want the whole album, just to download and listen to a few selected tracks.

Chris

September 2, 2009, 6:20 pm

Actually, there's a small chance that the Beatles discography will be hitting iTunes on the 9th. The logic is that the Beatles Rock Band game will be released on the 9th, as will their new digitally remastered albums. This date curiously coincides with the Apple keynote.


Hardly conclusive, but I wouldn't rule it out.

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