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Farewell to the iPod of yesterday

Apple announces its latest line of media players with added features

 by Brittany McCall
 published on Thursday, September 6, 2007

<b>TOUCH IT:</b>  Apple released the new iPod touch Wednesday with a multi-touch interface and Wi-Fi wireless networking.  The new iPod Touch will be available this weekend./issues/news/701624
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TOUCH IT: Apple released the new iPod touch Wednesday with a multi-touch interface and Wi-Fi wireless networking. The new iPod Touch will be available this weekend.
 
<b>NEW IPOD:</b> Secondary education junior Jake Bias looks on the Internet at the new iPod lineup including the iPod Touch and the renovated iPod Nano./issues/news/701624
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NEW IPOD: Secondary education junior Jake Bias looks on the Internet at the new iPod lineup including the iPod Touch and the renovated iPod Nano.
 

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The iPod Nano is out. The iPod Touch is in.

Apple Inc. announced Wednesday the new iPod lineup, ranging from new colors for the Shuffle to the touch-screen enabled iPod Touch.

"I would consider getting the touch-screen one," said Francesca Musumeci, a journalism freshman. She added that she was excited about the iPod Touch's release.

The iPod Touch has been the source of many rumors as early as January.
It is nearly identical in appearance to the iPhone, complete with a full glass touch-screen face, according to Apple's Web site.

"[The touch-screen] is easy," Musumeci said. "And I would probably take better care of it."

The iPod Touch has built-in Wi-Fi and the ability to download songs from the iTunes Store with the help of the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store. It will not be available in stores until this weekend, but is currently available to buy online.

The iPod Touch will be available in eight and 16 GB sizes and will be priced $299 and $399, respectively, according to Apple's Web site.

Making the biggest aesthetic change in the existing iPod family was the iPod Nano.

The Nano was updated with a larger screen and will be able to play videos. It will be available in silver and in a four GB size and in four other colors in an eight GB size. They will be $149 and $199, respectively, according to Apple's Web site.

The regular iPod is now dubbed the iPod Classic, according to the announcement speech made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs Wednesday morning in San Francisco.

The iPod Classic was awarded storage upgrades and the same aluminum casing that the Nano wears, in black and silver. The new iPod Classics feature either 80 or 160 GBs of storage.

But for some students, like Heather Gerty, a mathematics freshman, the Apple announcement isn't particularly exciting.

"Mostly because I'm busy with school at the moment and I'm already on MySpace," Gerty said. She added that she does not own any form of mp3 player, iPod brand or otherwise.

"I know my brother has [an iPod] and my mom has one and they take them to the gym a lot," Gerty said. "I was thinking of getting one down the line."

For other students, like Ben Rehder, a mechanical engineering sophomore, the fact that the iPod is an Apple product is enough to shy away from buying one.

"I have an mp3 player, it's a [Samsung] Sansa," Rehder said.

Rehder said he likes non-Apple mp3 players because they are cheaper and typically have a radio function. He also likes the fact that he doesn't have to use iTunes for his mp3 player.

Rehder said that he was interested in the iPhone, however, but the price was a major deterrent.

Steve Jobs announced on Wednesday that the four GB iPhone is no longer being produced and the price for the eight GB iPhone was lowered from $599 to $399.

"It's $400 now? Yeah, if it came down to the $100-$200 range, I would consider actually getting it," Rehder said.

Reach the reporter at brittany.mccall@asu.edu



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