Apple debuts new iPod in 30GB and 80GB with Hollywood movies, games and new lower price

Apple today introduced the new iPod which features a 60 percent brighter and more vibrant 2.5-inch color display perfect for watching TV shows and now Hollywood movies right in the palm of your hand. The new iPod features seamless integration with iTunes 7 and the iTunes Store (http://www.itunes.com) which now includes over 75 Hollywood movies, 220 television shows and popular video games designed specifically for the fifth generation iPod. The new iPod is available in a 30GB model at the new low price of $249 and an 80GB model, which holds up to 20,000 songs or 100 hours of video, for $349.

“The world’s best digital music player has evolved into the world’s most popular portable video player too,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “The new iPod’s brighter and more vibrant display and longer battery life make it perfect for watching Hollywood movies and TV shows right in the palm of your hand.”

The new iPod features Apple’s patented Click Wheel for precise, one-handed navigation, and is seamlessly integrated with iTunes 7, which now features gapless playback for enjoying albums the way they were intended to be listened to. iPod’s new Search and Quick Scroll feature makes it even easier for music fans to find exactly what they are looking for and Apple’s patent pending Auto-Sync technology automatically downloads digital music, podcasts, photos, audiobooks, movies, music videos and popular TV shows onto the iPod and keeps them up-to-date whenever the iPod is plugged into a Mac or Windows computer.

With its high-resolution color display, iPod allows users to view album art and photo slideshows while playing music, or watch video and play games in full color. Popular video games designed specifically for the fifth generation iPod include: “Bejeweled,” “Cubis 2,” “Mahjong,” “Mini Golf,” “Pac-Man,” “Tetris,” “Texas Hold’em,” “Vortex” and “Zuma,” and are available for purchase on the iTunes Store.

The 30GB model features up to 14 hours of battery life for music playback and up to three and a half hours of video playback, and the 80GB model fea- tures up to 20 hours of battery life for music playback and six and a half hours of video playback. The new iPod features brightness control allowing users to easily change the brightness.

The new iPod models are available worldwide through the Apple Store(R) (http://www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The new 30GB iPod model in white or black is available for $249 (US), and the new 80GB model in white or black is available for $349 (US). All iPod models include redesigned earbud headphones providing superior comfort, fit and sound qual- ity, and a USB 2.0 cable.

Optional accessories for the new iPod include: Universal Dock for $39 (US), Apple Remote for $29, Apple iPod AV cable for $19, the iPod Camera Connector for $29 and a new incredibly compact iPod USB power adapter for $29 which at almost half the size of the previous USB power adapter, is perfect for charging your iPod while traveling.

iPod requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port and Mac OS(R) X version 10.3.9 or later and iTunes 7.0 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4), Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 2) and iTunes 7.0 or later. Internet access is required and a broadband connection is recommended.

See the new Apple iPod here.

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39 Comments

  1. Couldn’t get iTunes7 from Software Update nor at Apple’s download page, so of course, it’s available at Apple’s iTunes page. And, just like G4Dualie said, there’s a grayed out iPhone driver, in the Customize window, as you install it.

    Steve looked healthy and was wearing a brown shirt!

  2. I don’t know about the rest of you but I really like the new layout of iTunes 7. The brushed metal look is much more subdued, so it’s easier on the eyes. It has a new set of icons on the left-side and the index has been modified for easier navigation.

    The View button on the top panel is a nice feature too. Choosing the Cover Browser feature is like using a fancy CD jukebox. As you scroll through your song choices, the cover art scrolls from right to left and uses the same reflected look that iWeb uses for photographs.

    Because this stuff just works… Apple has the freedom to provide incremental changes such as those discussed above.

  3. A 2.5″ screen is not quite the optimal showplace for a 2 or 3 hour movie – even if it only weighs a bit more than a burger. I don’t care if it has near half-again the screen real estate as my 3G and many-many extra-bright pixels, even the rumored full-panel screen (4″ ‘cinema’) would have been small – barely large enough to share with someone you like.

    That kvetch aside, they (and their specs) look good. Zune, here’s a chair … please bend over …

  4. I’m very excited about the upgraded service and iPod hardware, and of course, movies.

    I’m also very disappointed about these things:
    – No wide(r) screen iPod
    – No way to burn iTunes downloaded, playable video, onto DVD of CD.
    – No new name (instead of iTunes)

    I bet this stuff (minus the name change) gets added between now and Christmas.

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