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Fall 2008 iPod coverage round-up

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, September 11, 2008
News Categories: iPod

There has been a lot going on around iLounge since Apple’s announcement of new iPods on Tuesday, making it quite easy to miss something — so we’ve prepared a round-up of all our coverage concerning the fourth-generation iPod nano, second-generation iPod touch, 120GB iPod classic, and Fall 2008 iPod shuffle. As we prepare our reviews of the new devices, you can find links relating to each new iPod, and of course you can always check out our transcript of the event for more details on the announcements. For some group roundups, look at our list of Eleven Things You Didn’t Know About the 2008 iPods, read our reactions to the announcements, view high-res photos of the entire new iPod lineup, or watch the entire event online.

imageiPod nano 4G

Announcement
Review
Comparison Photos
Teardown
Secret 4GB European version, Explanation

iPod touch 2G

Announcement
Review
Unboxing Photos
Teardown

iPod classic 120GB

Announcement
Review
Photos

iPod shuffle 2008

Announcement
Photos
Review

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Comments

1

I’m confused as to why Apple has different features on different products when the features would be easy to replicate through the entire iPod line through software.
Talk about confusion! Surely it would make sense to be able to keep track of all the changes/features each product has if they actually kept them consistent with one another?
Also, the Classic - is it me or is Apple making it obvious that it’s clinging on for dear life? It’s a stupid decision by them. The one reason I will NOT be buying an iPod this year is because Classic looks dated next to the Nano and Touch, but the Nano and Touch don’t have any where near the capacity they should to make me want one. For the first time in a while, I feel Apple’s iPod lineup is actually missing a chunk in the middle.

Posted by Spooky2k on September 12, 2008 at 2:37 AM (PDT)

2

I too was kind of disappointed by the lack of change in the Classic.  While you probably would get no real positive benefit by an accelerometer in a unit with a hard drive, they could’ve made the unit a touch screen also.  I’m sure they could’ve made the accelerometer work in it if they tried.  The 120GB space for $250 is a good price.  I built a 5G iPod with an 80GB drive for about $200.  It sounds better than the 6G Classic, so I don’t have to encode the audio at higher bitrates to sound good….. for me, the 80GB 5G is the same as having a 120GB Classic since I have to encode the audio at Lossless for the Classic where I can use 320kbps for the 5G.

Posted by daelin on September 12, 2008 at 5:37 PM (PDT)

3

Are you guys going to post a review for the classic 2G as well? I plan on buying one, so I really hope so, even if a lot was unchanged, we should know about the battery life and any bugs, the 120GB storage, and well, everything else.
When’s it coming?

Posted by Jimmy on September 14, 2008 at 3:37 AM (PDT)

4

Regarding changes to the classic, see Backstage.ilounge.com. There are most definitely updates you want to know about, and you can expect the review tomorrow. Note that the results of our second battery test are in, and the 120GB classic’s video runtime falls just under 8 hours.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on September 14, 2008 at 7:37 AM (PDT)

5

Apple did not do enough for me. Not enough memory for me to buy a Touch and a reduction in the memory of the Classic has also made sway away from buying that.

I think I will be looking elsewhere for the large capacity devices and keep my current nano for the gym etc.

Posted by Crime Through Mime on September 15, 2008 at 5:05 AM (PDT)

6

Hi, will there be a review of the latest shuffle? I would be very interested to hear if Apple have quietly updated the audio chip in line with the rest of the range. This really would be a big step forward for this model.

Posted by Mikeee on September 16, 2008 at 3:47 AM (PDT)

7

Don’t lose sight of the biggest improvement, it’s not the storage or battery, it’s the audio quality. Personally, 99% of the time i’m listening to music on my 5G iPod, using my UM2s, if Apple have improved the audio quality by a significant margin, then that is the biggest improvement they could make as far as i’m concerned. Thanks Apple fro remembering what these devices were originally created for.

Posted by mikeerac on September 16, 2008 at 3:53 AM (PDT)

8

The new shuffle has not been improved. We’ve heard that a change is in the works but this one does not appear to have benefitted from it.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on September 16, 2008 at 7:30 AM (PDT)

9

I am really rather disappointed with the new iPod lineup. The latest Nanos look cool enough but why stop at 16GB?  Apple appear to be artificially limiting storage size to encourage future upgrading.

I’ve got 50GB of music on an iPod Video; how long will we have to wait for a 64GB Nano?

Posted by Ben Shakespeare on September 22, 2008 at 10:40 PM (PDT)

10

I think it was stupid to get rid of the 160 gig iPod Classic for the 120 Gig model. They need to revamp the classic, and make it the large capacity model for music. I want to store my whole library in one unit. The classic can hold more than the flash drive nano type models.

Posted by Lainey on September 27, 2008 at 7:01 PM (PDT)

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