Apple keynote - iTunes 9, iPod Nano Video, LPs and FM?
You've been asking for more Apple-related posts on Bitterwallet and we're always happy to oblige you, the kind reader. So here's the motherlode; if you missed this evening's keynote event which saw the return of liver-rich Steve Jobs, here are the highlights:
- new firmware; OS 3.1 for the iPod Touch with new features, including Genius for apps - Genius will suggest apps based on the apps you own
- 30,000 ringtones from major labels will be available for the iPhone, priced at $1.29 (UK price - probably 99p, we'd guess)
- iTunes 9, which should be available this evening and includes:
- Genius mixes
- improved syncing
- the ability to share songs between authorised computers
- app management (drag, drop and delete apps, move between pages)
- iTunes LP (known previous as Cocktail) - interactive photos, videos, memorabilia, chronology, liner notes and all that old stuff that the elderly will remember getting with LPs when music was still music and had a tune you could hum, etc
- iTunes Extras, which are DVD-style bonus features for films
- arrows next to the buy buttons which let you gift items, add them to a wishlist or share on Facebook or Twitter
- a 64GB iPod Touch for $399 (£279, perhaps) as well as a 32GB for $299 and a new entry level price for the 8GB Touch at $199 (probably £149 in the UK, we reckon)
- the iPod Classic gets a memory upgrade - 160GB for $249
- the iPod Shuffle is available in new colours at a new price - $59 for 2GB, $79 for 4GB and a stainless steel 4GB special edition for $99
- Apple takes on the Flip, by adding a video camera to the iPod Nano, with one-click send to YouTube; it'll also have a voice recorder app, a pedometer, external speaker and an FM radio. The 8GB will be $149, the 16GB is $179.