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Apple Announces New iPod Lineup

Yesterday, Apple unveiled new entries to its iPod line-up – the sixth generation iPod Touch, and a new iPod nano and Shuffle. The new iPod Touch will be available in a vibrant array of colours, and boasts improved specs, bringing it in-line with the iPhone 6. This means that it will feature a 8 mega-pixel iSight camera, A8 processor, as well as an M8 coprocessor – which enables more accurate fitness tracking. Visually, it shares the same slimmed down, small stature, of its predecessor – with the same 4-inch 640p screen.

The new iPod Touch is available now for the following prices: £159 for the 16GB model, £199 for the 32GB model, £249 for the 64GB model, £329 for the 128GB model. There will be several colour options to pick from: Silver, Gold, Space-Grey, Pink, Blue, and Red – part of the ‘Product Red’ scheme which provides a percentage of the profits to help stamp out AIDs in Africa.

The iPod Nano will be available for £129, whereas the Shuffle will setback users a paltry £40. Both will be available in the same colours as the Touch.

In February last year, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, admitted that iPod was a “declining business.” The iPod Classic was removed from stores later in the year, with the company shifting greater support to the iPhone product line, which overtook the iPod back in 2010.

The latest iPod line-up arrives just in time to take advantage of Apple’s new Music service, but will not benefit from all of Apple’s features and services. None of the iPod line has a Finger-print sensor, or an NFC chip, which is also absent; meaning that Apple Pay will not be supported.

 

 

 

 

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  • No improvement in sound quality = no news.
    Nothing to see here.
    Same downgraded audio from 15 years ago. New colors. Get a real DAP instead.

    • nathan piccio

      Hey Ezraz,
      I agree with what you say. As a primary music player, the iPod is no longer leading the way. However, as a fitness tracker, and general media playing device, the iPod is a compelling device. Though Apple certainly needs to respond to the growing market for hi-res music players.

      • iPod is not a bad device overall, of course that platform can accomplish so much.
        As a music player, though, what a missed opportunity. They used music to build the platform then completely abandoned it, never upgraded it 15 years on.

        It’s rumored that Neil Young asked Steve Jobs circa 2008 about an upgraded, serious iPod and Steve understood but said Apple was in the business of mainstream, multitasking devices and would not go after the high-end audio market. I think Neil believes that “high-end” is inevitable now that bandwidth/storage restrictions are gone, or at least important enough to help push the standard up. The story ends with Steve telling Neil “build it yourself, you’re an entrepreneur” and Pono was born.

        I think Apple’s response isn’t going to be with iPod – it could be in the headphones. That’s the other reason they bought Beats (besides wanting that young brand) – the headphones could get a DAC and then stream full quality (high-rez) audio wireless directly from apple or their personal collection.

        Keep in mind Apple has been stocking 24bit masters as the source for their “mastered for iTunes” labelling for at least 5 years now. They haven’t been making them available for sale, they shrink it down to 256k AAC for sale or streaming.

        If they decide to remove that part, that downgrade from about 3+Mbs to 0.25Mbs, and let users buy or stream the full master, that’s a major upgrade. It hurts something like Pono and other DAP’s but it’s good overall for consumers. Neil always pushes quality no matter the brand, no matter the marketplace winner. He’d probably fold-up pono inc and buy the new apple product if they did it right.

        • nathan piccio

          I didn’t know about the backstory of Pono, cheers for that. Maybe the market isn’t large enough, which is why Apple aren’t particularly interested as of now.

          When Apple Music begins to support higher bit-rate audio, Apple may be more inclined to offer a Pono competitor.

          • Yep, I agree with all that. My Ponoplayer has impressed probably 100 people so far but only 1 that I know of has purchased a Ponoplayer of their own. It’s a hard sell in this world of 1-device doing everything, and music being an afterthought.