Apple brings new features, more affordable pricing to iPod touch and iPod nano

Apple today announced new features and more affordable pricing for both iPod touch and iPod nano. iPod touch will be available in new black and white models starting at just $199, including Apple’s new iOS 5 and iCloud services. The new iPod nano is available today starting at just $129 and features a redesigned user interface, 16 new digital clock faces and improved built-in fitness features.

“iPod has revolutionized the way we listen to music and with over 320 million sold is the world’s most popular music player,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in the press release. “iPod touch, now available in both black and white, is the best selling iPod ever, and with iOS 5 and iCloud it is better than ever.”

The new iPod touch includes iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes over 200 new features including iMessage, Game Center, Notifications and Wi-Fi Syncing to iTunes. iMessage brings the functionality of iPhone messaging to your iPod touch, so you can easily send text messages, photos, videos and contact information to an individual or group on other iOS 5 devices. It also allows you to easily maintain one conversation across all your iOS devices—for free—with notifications, read receipts and typing indication.* Game Center enhancements include the ability to add photos to your profile, purchase new games from within the Game Center app, and even easier ways to find friends and new games.

iPod touch also works with iCloud, Apple’s breakthrough set of free cloud services, including iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content and push it to your devices. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly.

iPod nano now features larger icons for even easier navigation of its intuitive Multi-Touch user interface, and you can choose from 16 new digital clock faces, ranging from classic analog looks to your favorite Disney characters including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. iPod nano now tracks your runs and walks right out of the box with no accessory required, making it even easier to get your fitness program up and running. iPod nano can track the time, pace and distance of your run, the calories you burn, and the number of steps you walk. iPod nano encourages you with motivational real-time voice feedback during your run, available in seven languages, while listening to your favorite music or FM radio station. You can also easily upload workouts to the Nike+ website to set goals, track your progress and challenge friends. The ultra portable iPod nano is available in seven colors including silver, graphite, blue, green, orange, pink and (PRODUCT) RED.

With the App Store on iPod touch, users have access to the world’s largest and best collection of over 500,000 apps, including over 100,000 game and entertainment titles. Customers also have the iTunes Store® at their fingertips, giving them instant access to the world’s largest catalog of over 20 million songs, 85,000 TV shows and 14,000 movies to purchase and download directly to their iPod touch.

iPod is the world’s most popular family of music players. Apple’s holiday lineup includes iPod shuffle for just $49; iPod nano with Multi-Touch starting at just $129; iPod touch available in black or white, including iOS 5 and iCloud, starting at just $199; and iPod classic® in a 160GB model for $249.

Pricing & Availability

iPod nano is available today for a suggested price of $129 (US) for the 8GB model and $149 (US) for the 16GB model. Both models are available in silver, graphite, blue, green, orange and pink through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 8GB and 16GB iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED is available through the Apple Store and Apple’s retail stores. iPod nano requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iTunes 10 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 10 or later.

iPod touch with iOS 5 and iCloud will be available October 12 in black and white for a suggested price of $199 (US) for the 8GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod touch requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iTunes 10 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 10.5 or later. iOS 5 will also be available as a free software update for iPod touch (third and fourth generations) customers allowing them to experience the amazing new features including iMessage, Game Center, Notifications and Wi-Fi Syncing to iTunes.

*iMessage requires Wi-Fi.

Source: Apple Inc.

20 Comments

  1. Someone help me out here. Far as I can tell the iPod Touch is exactly the same as it was??? Just a little cheaper?

    The only differences I’m seeing in this write up for the Touch are those related to iOS 5. But that will work on current iPods, surely.

    So, no differences?

  2. You’re both wrong. It’s an improved battery life that they needed to fix. Bluetooth headphones are too heavy. I use mine constantly…and it’s superb. Except for the short lived battery situation.

    1. Sony mw600 here. Use whatever earbuds you want, very tiny device that you can clip to your shirt.
      The earbuds Sony includes are not bad, and short wires.

      Battery life? About 6 hours of constant use, oh and they work as a Bluetooth hands free setup also, works with iPhone with no problems. And easily able to pair with two devices.

      Got it for $35 with my AT&T discount, worth every penny.

  3. Note to CEO Tim Cook and supposed supple genius. If you announce the new iPod nano is available today you might want to actuall have them in stock and for sale at your 350 retail stores. Another misstep for today. Tim Cook era off to rocky start.

    1. I don’t think there was ANY hardware change to the iPod nano… all Software.
      As MDN pointed out, the exact same OS on the “new” nano is available to download now for “old” nano’s.

      6th gen and 7th gen may be the exact same.

  4. Was hoping the new nano would have native bluetooth built in so I wouldn’t have to use an adaptor. Again, disappointed and won’t be buying one. Not much of a update from the last generation I currently have. Apple get on it make the nano a better device that is can interact with the iPhone……or christ just get bluetooth in it.

    1. what adapter are you using?
      I have the i10s in my amazon wish list.. seen pics on how small it is with the Nano. even when used as a watch it’s small.
      I may just get the Nano now and buy the i10s, just hoping that i won’t have any next/back/pause function problems with my mw600 (works great with my iPad/iPhone now)

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