Apple unveils new 5th generation iPod, now plays music, photos, and video

Apple today introduced the new iPod, featuring a 2.5-inch color screen which can display album artwork and photos, and play video including music videos, video Podcasts, home movies and television shows. The new iPod holds up to 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos or over 150 hours of video and is available in a 30GB model for $299 and a 60GB model for $399, with both models available in stunning white or black designs.

“The new iPod is the best music player ever—it’s 30 percent thinner and has 50 percent more storage than its predecessor—yet it sells for the same price and plays stunning video on its 2.5-inch color screen,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in the press release. “Because millions of people around the world will buy this new iPod to play music, it will quickly become the most popular portable video player in history.”

The new iPod plays music, audiobooks, audio Podcasts, video Podcasts, home movies, music videos and popular television shows like “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives.” The unrivaled combination of iPod and iTunes® 6 now provides customers with a seamless experience for buying, managing and playing video as well as audio content, including over 2,000 music videos, six short films from the Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios, and five television shows from ABC and Disney Channel, including the immensely popular “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives.”

The new iPod combines all of the ground breaking features that have made the iPod the best music player in the world with revolutionary new features such as the ability to view video content on a larger stunning color display. The new iPod features Apple’s innovative Click Wheel for precise, one-handed navigation and the portable design is ideal for putting music, Podcasts, photos, audiobooks, home movies, music videos and popular television shows in a pocket for on-the-go viewing. iPod users can also watch their video content and slideshows of their photos on a television via optional Apple accessories.

Featuring seamless integration with the iTunes Music Store and the iTunes digital music jukebox, iPod features Apple’s patent pending Auto-Sync technology that automatically downloads digital music, Podcasts, photos, audiobooks, home movies, music videos and popular television shows onto the iPod and keeps them up-to-date whenever the iPod is plugged into a Mac® or Windows computer using USB 2.0. The 30GB model features up to 14 hours of battery life for music playback and the 60GB model features up to 20 hours of battery life for music playback.

The new iPods will begin shipping next week for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 30GB model and $399 (US) for the 60GB model through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. All iPod models include earbud headphones, USB 2.0 cable, case, dock insert and a CD with iTunes for Mac and Windows computers.

See the new iPod here.

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58 Comments

  1. Imagine that, Apple managed to make the screen larger.
    Hundred of MacDailyNews readers are dumbfounded……

    So where are all the “there will never be a video iPod”, “only updated PowerBooks today” people?

    Just wondering, because I tell ya there is nothing better than seeing a bunch of “know it alls” turned into “know nothings”.
    But never fear, the same idiots will be right back here the next time Apple has an announcement proclaiming what it will and won’t be.
    Just like at the Intel announcement.

    You guys do remember the copious amounts of crow from that one don’t you?

  2. I am not really suprised at everyones Ho-hum to the iPod Video. What IS noteworthy is the new iMac. This is the application that will drive the buisness, from the couch, buy a tv show, watch it…no more tv unless you are dying to flip through channels.

  3. It’s only 2 hours four video playback for the 30 GB, 3 hours for the 60 GB, though. I guess we won’t ripping and watching movies on this thing – it isn’t meant for it, anyway. Does this thing have a built-in voice recorder? In the specs it says, Voice recording settings: Low (22.05 KHz, mono), High (44.1 KHz, stereo). Or does this mean we can hook up a quality mic through the dock connector and make reasonably good recordings?

  4. October 12, 3:02 PM EDT
    Good news! Glad to see Apple pulling ahead of the competition, even as it’s way ahead already.

    While Apple under jobs innovates with its iPods, is music to the ears, as well as enhances life on earth, the WH under Bush destroys with his US Fascist Act, grates the soul, as well as murders innocents. Bush, the Mayor of the Palace, is sarcophagous and a quakenbuttock, and needs to be lapidated or decollated while Jobs, the originator of the Macintosh, deserves gramercy for his sublimely coruscated usurfucts. *S*

  5. I don’t know why everyone is so excited over this. See, I was in BestBuy today and the salesman (Alex) told my friend that in 5 years Apple will be out of business. He said “that’s what they’re telling us”. I assume “they” are the people at Best Buy. So, buy Apple stuff if you want, but be warned. That stuff will soon go the way of the Edsel.

    (This isn’t the first time that the Winston-Salem, NC store salesmen have put down Apple in a serious way.)

  6. I wasn’t interested at all in the idea of a video iPod. But, I have to admit that Apple seems to have done it really well. The ability to play video on a TV from the iPod is great.

    The new iMac…wow! Built-in iSight? How cool. I think Apple is going to have a very good holiday sales season.

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