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Apple Refreshes iPod Ranges - Keeps Classic

David Gilbert


Apple Refreshes iPod Ranges - Keeps Classic

Amidst all the hubbub surrounding the announcement last night regarding the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple also announced a refresh to its iPod line-up.

However, in a similar manner to the new iPhone, the iPod refresh was less than spectacular with minor updates to the touch and nano line-ups. While many feared for the iPod Classic range, Apple has decided to stick with the click wheel for the foreseeable future which will be good news for many with large music collections.

The iPod touch will, like the iPhone earlier this year, get a white version and will see the price drop from £189 to £169 for the 8GB version. There is no price drop however for the higher capacity 32GB (£249) or 64GB (£329) models.

Apple also announced a new iPod nano, though the term 'new' may be stretching the description a tad. It’s a slight refresh of last year’s model with the major changes taking place to the UI, where you now swipe through your apps compared to viewing them on a grid.

There is also now an in-built run tracking capability meaning you no longer require Nike+ which is sure to please the many nano-wearing runners out there. And, if you love wearing your nano as a watch (and who doesn’t), Apple has added 16 new-look faces, including Mickey Mouse. The 8GB nano will set you back £115 while the 16GB model will cost £129.

Let us know in the comments if the lower prices or visual changes will entice you to purhchase a new iPod touch or nano.

Source: Apple


October 5, 2011, 7:22 pm

I'm just glad they're keeping the Classic around for the forseeable future. I AM that person with a music collection to fill it; my old 80GB model is packed fit to burst, and I have at least 20GB more besides, so it's good to know I'll be able to upgrade later in the year.

With regards to the new Nano, I think they could have done with making it a little less...nano. I find the current one very hard to use (big fingers I guess), and think even as little as 1/4 or 1/2 an inch would greatly improve useability. Then again, the UI changes could actually have the same effect, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Good move dropping the price a bit though, I have always thought the Nano's price was disproportionate to what you got.

Overall, keep up the good work Apple. No complaints.

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