Gadget Corner: Parallel Pods

Apple comes out with a new iPod every 5 minutes. Which one is right for you?

 by Gabriel Trujillo
 published on Thursday, September 22, 2005

Photo courtesy of KRT wire

Since its unveiling in October 2001, Apple's iPod music player changed the way we listen to music forever.

Apple's fourth-generation iPod is redesigned with a new color screen and touch-sensitive click wheel. The new design also has the ability to store photos and play them on a television with music as part of a slideshow presentation.

The battery life has increased to 15 hours, and is fully charged in just two hours. The 20GB iPod can hold up to 5,000 songs and sells for $299 while the 60GB iPod can hold up to 15,000 songs and sells for $399.

If you're looking for something a little smaller, the iPod nano is the perfect fit. The just-released nano is going to replace the previous iPod Mini models and is very similar to its big brother.

With a color screen and touch-sensitive click wheel, the nano is about as wide as a pencil and has a 14-hour battery life. Users can also store up to 25,000 photos as well as access contacts and calendars.

The nano is Apple's new answer to the iPod Mini, no longer for sale at Apple stores. To help those lecture classes go a little faster, try playing the some the games on the newer iPods such as Music Quiz, Solitaire, Brick and Parachute. The 2GB nano holds up to 500 songs and sells for $199 while the larger 4GB version holds up to 1,000 songs and sells for $249.

And if you are looking for something even more compact, Apple offers the iPod shuffle. About the size of a pack of gum, the shuffle is perfect for people looking for an affordable substitute to the original iPod.

While you can choose what playlists to put on your shuffle, the device decides the order for you. If you don't want to transfer individual songs to the shuffle, you can use the shuffle's Autofill function to place random songs from your iTunes library.

A full battery charge lasts up to 12 hours and a smaller click wheel is used for volume and scrolling through music. The 512MB shuffle holds up to 120 songs and sells for $99 while the 1GB version holds up to 240 songs and sells for $129.

Apple's iPod is one of the best MP3 players on the market. And whether you're a music connoisseur or just a casual listener, there is an iPod for you.

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