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. Underwelmed of England.

    This is not the 6G iPod we’ve been waiting for – just the usual Apple – performance bump nothing-ness.

    Nano has reverted to a slim version of the old stlye mini.

    Shuffle – how small do you want this to go?

    Film downloads not a flexible as original DVD, Mac the ripper, DVD2one and instant handbrake.

    Jobs will have to get the industry to come up with something more ground-breaking than this.

  2. “Steve looked healthy and was wearing a brown shirt!”

    Brown: It’s the new black.

    Yeah, was anyone else particularly underwhelmed?

    The new iPod is the same as the old iPod–an extra 20GB of storage on the high end and a brighter backlight. Oh! And games! That’s what we waited 10 months for? Tetris?!

    Apple’s movie store is pretty much the same as Amazon with prices all over the place and no DVD burning.

    iPod nano and shuffle got new cases. The nano got more memory.

    I’ll grant you, I’m feeling a bit of the “Where’s my flying car?” But, I’m looking at what Microsoft claims will be in the Zune (I’ll admit, we’ll see) and what Apple just delivered and I have to ask, “Who’s the innovator?”

  3. Just back from Apple Retail Store. Report:

    First, no new iPods of any kind in store. The kids in t-shirt uniforms didn’t know when they would get them. Sample of banter: the now obsolete models will be reduced in price to match prices on new ones. What? Oh, maybe that’s only for the floor demos. What? One kid said the new iPods would be 60 gig and 80 gig, doing away with the 30 gigs. When I told him, no, the new models would be 30 gig and 80 gig, he said I was wrong until I showed him on the MacPro running behind him. He said, ‘oh’. Another kid expressed disappointment in no wide screen, said he doubted there would be much customer interest in a simply repackaged iPod, no matter how bright the screen.

    Second, store manager not in. Thus, I have no intel on iPhone and wide screen iPod. Sorry.

  4. “Yeah, was anyone else particularly underwhelmed?”

    I’m JUST now calming down and able to focus on working again. Kinda… I am typing here aren’t I ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Truth asked “So it’s AAPL + DIS vs. the rest of Hollywood + M$ now, isn’t it? I wonder who’s gonna win that war…”?

    I’d say APPL+DIS. Apple controls the digital distribution market and their share increases each day. People who are hooked on iTunes will be more comfortable trying their downloads than Unbox or Zune or any other also-ran from Microsoft. Napster practically gave away every song in the catalog with their subscription model and yet people stuck with iPods. Take a quick look at the box-office to see who has the films people are watching. Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Chronicles of Narnia, Invinceable, etc. They have owned the movie business as of this year. Not even counting the success of ABC and ESPN.

    I’d say once Disney sells their one-millionth movie through iTunes before year-end, it won’t be “the rest of Hollywood” with Microsoft. It may take them some time to swallow their pride and agree to Steve Job’s pricing structure, but just as earlier this year with the record companies, no one walks away from success. Apple with have ten-fold the content by 2008.

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