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Apple intros 30GB iPod photo, Camera Connector, drops 40GB, prices

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2005
News Categories: iPod

pic In addition to updated iPod minis, Apple today announced a revamped iPod photo family, including a new “slim” 30GB model for $349 and a 60GB model for $449 - a $150 price drop from its previous level. Apple’s 30GB model loses 10 Gigabytes, $150, 0.5 ounces of weight and 0.12” thickness from the earlier 40GB iPod photo, while the 60GB model remains the same size. Both the 30GB and 60GB iPod photos are available immediately. Apple is also promising updated iPod photo software for a March release to include “new slideshow transitions” that can be picked “on the go.”

Both of the new models feature the ability to import photos directly from your digital camera via an optional new iPod Camera Connector for instant viewing and slide show playback on iPod photo. The Connector is expected to be available in late March for $29.

The new iPod photo models no longer include iPod photo Docks, iPod photo AV cables, or cases, and more surprisingly, Apple has also apparently dropped both FireWire cables and FireWire Power Adapters from the iPod photo boxes. Each iPod photo now includes only a single USB 2.0 cable and a USB Power Adapter, recently reviewed on iLounge, for wall power charging. Each of the other items is available separately.

On a related note, Apple has discontinued the 40GB fourth-generation iPod (previously $399) and the 40GB iPod photo ($499). The fourth-generation 20GB iPod remains at a $299 price point.

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1

Not to mention the 40Gb iPod regular has been dropped completely (it seems) and the 20Gb has dropped in price!

Hardly any price difference between a 20Gb regular and a 30Gb photo - I think they are phasing out the regular.

Posted by m00j in Brisbane, Australia on February 23, 2005 at 4:54 AM (PDT)

2

Not a good update in my opinion. This will work out good for those who want a mini, but don’t currently own one. The 6 Gig update will be nice. Not worthy of upgrading my current mini though. And no new color choices. What’s that about? Usually when apple goes, the go all out! Color me dissappointed.

Posted by porterdsgn in Indianapolis, IN on February 23, 2005 at 4:56 AM (PDT)

3

Sorry wrong link. smile

Posted by porterdsgn in Indianapolis, IN on February 23, 2005 at 4:59 AM (PDT)

4

They did the same thing as the last price drop… No doc included, no AV cable and only a USB cable, no more FireWire… damn…

Posted by Larouche in Montreal, QC on February 23, 2005 at 5:01 AM (PDT)

5

are they phasing out FireWire?  That would be a shame.  FW800 would be sweeeet on the ipod.

Posted by apple juice in USA on February 23, 2005 at 5:03 AM (PDT)

6

and no power adapter included… that is really a shame!! incredible…

Posted by Larouche in Montreal, QC on February 23, 2005 at 5:07 AM (PDT)

7

I guess their research has shown that most people only use the USB 2.0 cable.  I know I do.

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on February 23, 2005 at 5:09 AM (PDT)

8

There are three new color chooses and a 18 hr battery life on the mini. Damn I want 18 hours!

Posted by graphicgeek in Utica, NY on February 23, 2005 at 5:12 AM (PDT)

9

the new camera connector cable sound very interesting!

larouche, the power adaptor is still included in the box according to…

http://www.apple.com/ipodphoto/specs.html

Posted by yinyang on February 23, 2005 at 5:13 AM (PDT)

10

This kinda stinks for older pc and mac user about the usb 2.0. So, basically if you don’t have usb 2.0 you are required to purchase an adapter? I hope this isn’t the beggining of the end for firewire either. I wonder if other companies got to gether and said we’ll give you this if you abandon firewire. As a good will Apple basically killed it’s baby right infront of millions. I’ve never had one single problem with firewire 400 since it’s inception, though I’m sure others have. Even epson and a few of the camera makers have completely gotten rid of their firewire connections this year.  RIP firewire it’s been a great ride.

Posted by pinepiggy on February 23, 2005 at 5:14 AM (PDT)

11

Question of the day for iPod photo owners…will the new camera connector work with existing iPods photo?

Posted by yyoo on February 23, 2005 at 5:17 AM (PDT)

12

Both the USA and the UK apple stores show an AC adaptor as included with the full size iPods.  I’m confused?  This review reads like they will no longer be included (as the mini stores show).  Or am I to assume that these are USB cable power adaptors?

Posted by ChrisMouse in Bristol, UK on February 23, 2005 at 5:17 AM (PDT)

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pinepiggy: if you don’t have a firewire 2.0 port it just defaults at 1.1 speed.  There’s no difference in the cables, only in the ports recognized by your motherboard.

Posted by ACLeroK212 on February 23, 2005 at 5:18 AM (PDT)

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No Dock? Ok. No Firewire? Ok. No AV cable? Confused by that one. Wasn’t it’s ability to show images on a tv, etc, the whole selling point of the “Photo”.

Posted by spot1701 in UK on February 23, 2005 at 5:22 AM (PDT)

15

Is there any firmwear upgrades and is there size difference between the new 60gb model and the old 40gb model?

Posted by Mr Integra in Sacramento on February 23, 2005 at 5:24 AM (PDT)

16

the price drop had to be ‘paid for’ with the loss of the dock and fw cabe…anyway it’s an gentle encouragement to move to colour…! (imho)

Posted by yinyang on February 23, 2005 at 5:25 AM (PDT)

17

geee…i feel sad for those who actually paid 600 bucks for what now costs $450. 

also, props for Apple reducing the thickness of the 30gb photo!

as far as the USB issue, I may need to shell out an extra 10 bucks for the USB 2 card.  I only have USB 1 on my computer….

Posted by VertigoLimit on February 23, 2005 at 5:29 AM (PDT)

18

i have a 40 gb photo that i can still return or exchange but i think it would just be stupid because even tho i paid 499, it came with $130 more accessories.  And does anyone know if thenew photo software will work wit my old 40 gig phote?

Posted by KAZ in Bronx on February 23, 2005 at 5:33 AM (PDT)

19

well i’m glad i have my 40 gb ipod photo. 30 is too small and 60 is too big (for me).

and i would be annoyed if i bought an ipod and then had to purchase extra cables. there’s nothing more annoying then buying a product, getting home and then realizing you have to buy extra cables to make it work with your system. bleh.

but i guess they’re trying to cut costs. and most people probably don’t need everything that comes with the ipod.. better to go a la carte.

also… i hope the photo connector works with current ipod photos. are these new ipod photos a new generation or are they just revamping the current line?

Posted by trav in north america on February 23, 2005 at 5:35 AM (PDT)

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The price drop isn’t exactly accurate, you’re getting a lot less with the iPod photo now.  Though I’m excited to see the price come down, it’s all equates to saavy marketing on Apple’s end, though the player is cheaper (surely a ploy to make it all the more attractive to new buyers) the end price would be about the same if you repurchased all the accessories.

Posted by quadraphonic in alberta | canada on February 23, 2005 at 5:37 AM (PDT)

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