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Apple PR: Apple announces new iPod

picApple today introduced the new iPod, the fourth generation of the world’s number one portable digital music player, featuring Apple’s patent pending Click Wheel, which combines the smooth and continuous scrolling of a touch-sensitive wheel with five push buttons for superior one handed navigation. The new iPod also features up to 12 hours battery life and Shuffle Songs, a new command in the main menu which gives users instant access to one of the most exciting new ways to listen to their music library. All iPods work effortlessly with Apple’s iTunes, providing music fans with the best digital jukebox on either a Mac or Windows computer and access to the iTunes Music Store, the number one digital music service in the world. The new iPod is available immediately in a 20GB model for $299 and a 40GB model for $399.

“The best digital music player just got better,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The fourth generation iPod features Apple’s amazing Click Wheel for superb one handed control, 12 hour battery life and the new Shuffle Songs command in the main menu—all in an even smaller design that puts up to 10,000 songs in your pocket.”

“HP has chosen iPod and iTunes as the best products to integrate in to our digital entertainment strategy,” said Carly Fiorina, chairman and chief executive officer at HP. “We decided to wait for this amazing new fourth generation iPod, as it will offer our customers an even better experience. HP’s version of the new iPod will be available in September.”

iPod features Apple’s patent pending Auto-Sync technology that automatically downloads an entire digital music library onto iPod and keeps it up-to-date whenever it is plugged into a Mac or Windows computer using FireWire or USB. Users can transfer two songs per second from their Mac or Windows computer and can now conveniently charge iPod with either the included FireWire or USB cable.*

Pricing & Availability
The new 20GB and 40GB iPods are available immediately for a suggested retail price of just $299 (US) for the 20GB iPod and $399 (US) for the 40GB iPod through the Apple Store (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Both iPods include earbud headphones, 1.2m 30-pin to FireWire cable, a 1.2m 30-pin to USB cable, and a CD with iTunes 4.6 for Mac and Windows computers. The 40GB model also includes an iPod dock.

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The new iPod are so fagly.

Posted by W K on July 19, 2004 at 9:39 AM (CDT)


I have had a 3G 40Gb iPod since December and am very upset that I cannot update my ipods firmware because of its button locations, and the “improved playback perforamnce” is bs.

Posted by Brandon Gantt on July 19, 2004 at 9:41 AM (CDT)


Update is Available for ALL iPod’s, stop the complaining and start the downloading.  This update can be found at  Read the specs, seems like Apple is not forgetting it’s older gen iPod’s.  C’mon people such a significant update is up, now tell us if it really does improve battery life.

Posted by Gil on July 19, 2004 at 9:45 AM (CDT)


Guys guys guys… here’s the link for the iPod updater for ALL iPods:

Don’t jump to conclusions, just get off your lazy bums and look for this stuff.

Posted by ikelleigh on July 19, 2004 at 9:48 AM (CDT)


Jeez, you guys are a bunch of babies. The updated software works for all iPods.

Posted by bugbbq on July 19, 2004 at 9:55 AM (CDT)


“Update is Available for ALL iPod’s, stop the complaining and start the downloading.”
By Gil

No it’s not. The update for 3G iPods is 2.2 which we had some time ago. This version 3.0 update simply includes the previous 2.2 version in the bundle.

Posted by shelton on July 19, 2004 at 9:59 AM (CDT)


Actually, there is NO new firmware for the old iPods.  The updater is compatible with old iPods, but does not update them to a new firmware version.

1G and 2G iPods are still at 1.4.

3G iPods are still at 2.2.

4G pods get 3.0 firmware.

Does this clear things up? 

Posted by Josh on July 19, 2004 at 10:11 AM (CDT)


ther’s the possibilities to have the new firmware on the old iPod?

Posted by dede on July 19, 2004 at 10:14 AM (CDT)


sorry…i mean in the future.

Posted by dede on July 19, 2004 at 10:26 AM (CDT)


Guys stop complaining. The 3Gs will NOT have the features of the 4G (Shuffle Songs, clicker thru headphones, etc). They will not give these features in a firmware update.

This happens every year.

Posted by br- on July 19, 2004 at 10:29 AM (CDT)


yep, the “updated” firmware for the mini is 1.1, which was released when the iTunes 4.6 was announced. it’s not new at all.

Posted by Starboard on July 19, 2004 at 10:35 AM (CDT)


oh, and it seems like no one bothered to answer Mike.

the iPod of gen3 or gen4 will work with a PC and will work with non-purchased mp3’s. Explore the forum and the faq for more indepth answers for other questions.

Posted by Starboard on July 19, 2004 at 10:37 AM (CDT)


even though apple has released updates for ALL ipods, there are no new features for older ipods. i have a 2nd gen 10gb and my ipod is already compatible with itunes 4.5 and the itunes music store—this is not a new feature as suggested by the apple update site.

i was upset with apple for not updating the firmware of the 2Gs when the 3Gs came out, but i was able to accept it because of the significant hardware change and new capabilities.

this time around, the hardware change offers no added functionality, aside from (perhaps) better battery management through hardware means. given this update, it’s too bad apple hasn’t released the firmware for 3G ipods.

imagine buying a brand-new G4 with jaguar installed…then 3 months later panther comes out and you have to buy a totally new computer? that’s ridiculous! in the ibook/g4/g5, etc. line, the hardware itself is the reason to upgrade. for the ipod, the software is becoming the reason to upgrade, and as everyone has noted, there is no real reason for that. the only reason this is the case: apple makes more money that way and people are still buying ipods.

Posted by josh on July 19, 2004 at 10:39 AM (CDT)


3g iPod owners:

If you want “shuffle”, then create a playlist with all your songs and put it on random.

Other than that, you all must have known that Apple was going to come out with a better iPod eventually. You don’t see people who have an old G5 complain about the new G5 because they want better performance. Nope, they go out and buy the better one.


Posted by narco in Burbank on July 19, 2004 at 11:43 AM (CDT)


If i knew there were a new ipod comin out… i would have waited the 20 days… now i got an obsolete 3gen ipod…

what a rip…

thank you ipod… nice way to screw us!

Posted by arr4ws on July 19, 2004 at 12:08 PM (CDT)


just go to this link and refer 5 friends (+ you have to sign up for a free trial of something from a list of websites which you need a credit card for but you won’t be charged if you cancel before the trial runs out). I only need 3 more ppl!!!

atleast check it out please!

Posted by Joshua on July 19, 2004 at 1:05 PM (CDT)


Mike: Don’t wait. All current iPods work perfectly with Windows. The hPod is just a chance to market to people who are under the [wrong] impression that an Apple-branded device isn’t Windows-compatible. Take the plunge, especially at these new lower prices—you’ll be glad you did. You can fill the thing up with unpurchased mp3’s and never buy a song from the iTunes store if you don’t want to. Download songs from the internet, rip them from your own CDs, buy them from iTunes—the iPod doesn’t care.

Posted by CaptBackfire on July 19, 2004 at 1:35 PM (CDT)


Wow I just bought my ipod at the beginning of this month….If I knew there was a new one coming out I would have waited a few days…I feel short-changed by Apple

Posted by p0lar in Maine on July 19, 2004 at 3:23 PM (CDT)


There is no listing price for the 15gb ipod on apple’s store website.

Posted by LinkinJunior on July 19, 2004 at 3:41 PM (CDT)



That’s because there IS no 15gb iPod anymore.  Only 20 and 40 gig.

Posted by Cameron on July 19, 2004 at 4:57 PM (CDT)

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