Apple releases new MP3 players

Apple releases new MP3 players

Apple has launched a new range of iPods and nanos, offering more storage space and longer battery life than previous models. The vendor also unveiled the new iPod shuffle, which it claims is the world's smallest digital music player, containing 1GB of flash memory and retaining up to 240 songs. It will retail for $119.

The aluminium-designed nano is smaller and thinner than its predecessor. Along with the new iPod range, it features gapless playback and a new Search and Quick Scroll feature to help find songs faster. The battery life of the nano range has also been increased from 14 to 24 hours and can now offer up to two hours of video playback. It comes in a new black 8GB version, which retails for $380; and a 4GB model available in silver, pink, green and blue. A 2GB version has been released in silver.

The latest iPod range is available in 30GB and 80GB capacities, retaining up to 20,000 songs or 100 hours of music videos. It has 20 hours of battery life and six and a half hours of video playback and retails for $499. The 30GB model features up to 14 hours of battery life and three-and-a-half hours of video play back and costs $380.

Games can now be downloaded on to an iPod through the iTunes website for $7.49 each.

Apple has also revealed a new range of accessories, which include lanyard headphones, an armband, dock and a compact USB power adapter. In October it will also launch the Nike + iPod Sport kit, which includes an in-shoe sensor and receiver that attaches to the iPod. It offers information on time, distance, calories burned and pace, which is stored on the iPod and displayed on the screen. Audio feedback can also be provided through the headphones.

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