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Newsweek highlights new 4G iPod features

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Sunday, July 18, 2004
News Categories: iPod

Newsweek has revealed some details on the upcoming new iPod in its “advance peek” article. The fourth generation iPod has a new “click wheel” similar to the iPod mini, “where the controls are placed on the compass points of the circular touchpad that lets you scroll through menus.” Other new features include: a more efficent menu - “‘Music’ is a first-level entry, and now a single click initiates the popular technique of shuffling your library for playback.”; you can create mulitple on-the-go playlists and delete on-the-go playlists; listen to audio books or music “at normal speed, slower or 25 percent faster”; the battery is rated for 12 hours of power, a 50% increase; and new lower prices - 40GB for $399, 20GB for $299, and the 15GB has been dropped. The new iPod is also about one millimeter thinner than previous models, and contrary to rumors there are no new colors being offered except classic white.

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41

Wow They learn from their past mistakes. THEY ACTUALLY LOWER THEIR PRICES.

Most non-iPod HDD base players are cheap, well it looks like Apple dont wanna make the same mistake as Mac hardwares.

Posted by Wow on July 18, 2004 at 5:09 PM (PDT)

42

I NEED HELP!!! WHAT DOES THIS MEAN WHEN APPLE IS GOING TO ANNOUNCE IT??? DOES THAT MEAN THAT IT WILL GO ON SALE??? I NEED HELP. PLEZ. grin

Posted by soccerkid656 on July 18, 2004 at 5:40 PM (PDT)

43

i wonder when a 4G mini will come out, if it will

Posted by maxman on July 18, 2004 at 6:12 PM (PDT)

44

It’s usually about 3-4 weeks between when a new gen iPod is annouced and it’s shipped. I’d expect to see the 4g’s in stores by early to mid August

Posted by Weasel on July 18, 2004 at 6:18 PM (PDT)

45

“i wonder when a 4G mini will come out, if it will”

you mean 2G ipod minis’

Posted by jared on July 18, 2004 at 7:43 PM (PDT)

46

damn, a 3 generation leap?? omg!!1

Posted by somethingmediocre on July 18, 2004 at 10:12 PM (PDT)

47

Hurra for the new 4th gen..But i live in Australia and now wonder if (like with the minis) we will have to wait for the americans to get all theirs before the rest of the world get them.

Posted by El Gato in Australia-Melbourne on July 18, 2004 at 10:56 PM (PDT)

48

A big portion of the 50% battery-life increase will be due to getting rid of having to backlight the 4 extra buttons on the front panel. Since Steve Jobs is rather “green”, they might offer an increase in battery life in firmware upgrade for older models (just to help the environment) but the newer models will still hold the upper hand.

There are 2 ways to look at the price changes. If you’re like me and set a budget for how much you can spend, it’s a feature increase (Gee, look what I can get for the same $300). If you look at specs and buy based on capacity or other features, you’ll probably consider this to be a price reduction (Gee, the 40GB model is cheaper now). If money is no object to you and you always buy the biggest/hottest/priciest option, you’ll see the top of the line today to be a price reduction but you’ll probably see the 60GB model (speculated about to be coming soon) to be a feature increase.

Personally, I won’t be buying a new iPod. Apple’s defective, irreplaceable battery on my first generation model indicates that they aren’t a reliable supplier and I won’t consider buying a second product from any such company. (Of course, I’ve had excelent luck with their computers so I’m quite happy to be a future Apple computer customer, just not an portable music player customer.)

Posted by macnoid on July 18, 2004 at 11:38 PM (PDT)

49

Hmm ... I wonder if these iPod’s will be available via the Cram and Jam promotion.  Reading the rules and regulations right now, they exclude only certain models; i.e. they have the model numbers for the iPods that are not eligible and then write its valid for “any other iPod.”  If that were the case, if you were to purchase a PowerBook (or eligible iBook), you could get one of the 20 GB models for under $99!

Since we’re considering purchasing a new Mac ... and I’ve still got my educational discount (as you get a new one every year) ... I could upgrade from a 15 gb ...

Posted by aramk.net on July 18, 2004 at 11:52 PM (PDT)

50

Lets hope this ipod has an easily removeable battery, like a laptop, so its not to impossible to replace by yourself wink
Having a secound battery during international flights would be nice too.

Posted by booksacool1 on July 19, 2004 at 1:59 AM (PDT)

51

I love the iPod as much as anyone else, but why is Newsweek running what is essentially a fawning Apple advertisement on their cover? It’s as though Apple’s PR department wrote it for Levy. Isn’t there a genocide in Sudan they should be covering? Hello?

Posted by Patrick on July 19, 2004 at 6:09 AM (PDT)

52

does either the 4G 20GB or the 4G 40GB fit into the 3G 15GB dock? Or do I have to buy a new dock with the 20GB?

BTW the 20GB is no price savings when you consider all the extras you lost - dock, case, remote are all ~$35 each…

Posted by olddockers on July 21, 2004 at 12:39 PM (PDT)

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