Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the gift wrap off Apple's holiday line of iPods, calling them the “strongest holiday lineup yet” -- stronger in part because of a backing that's not shiny plastic. The redesigned iPod nano takes on a form factor reminiscent of the first and second generation models.
With a newly added accelerometer, the device will now allow for functionality that was first unveiled with the iPhone. For example, laying the device on its side will bring up the Cover Flow view, and shaking the device would shuffle the songs in the playlist automatically. The new nano will also include the newly unveiled Genius feature, which selects additional songs in the listener's library based on the currently playing song.
The device will be available in eight colors: silver, purple, blue, green, orange, yellow, pink, (PRODUCT) RED, and black; and will retail for $149 for the 8 GB model, $199 for the 16 GB model. Both are available immediately online, with retail availability following in the next several days.
Like the nano, the new Touch will feature the shake-to-shuffle function, as well as the Genius functionality, and the company has added new integrated volume controls. A speaker has also been added, although Jobs cautioned that the audio quality would only be suited for “casual listeners.”
Three capacities are being offered: the 8 GB at $229, the 16 GB at $299, and the 32 GB at $399.