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Apple Announces iTunes 9, "LPs," Video Camera For the iPod Nano

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the new-and-shiny dept.

Announcements 521

Apple just finished their latest press event, and they revealed a number of new services and features for their products. They kicked things off by saying that iPhone OS 3.1 is now available. It will add the Genius recommendation technology to the App store, giving users suggestions on which apps they might find useful based on what others with similar needs use. They're also adding 30,000 ringtones that users can purchase. Next, they announced iTunes 9, which will use Genius to make mixes by analyzing songs in your library to see which go well together. iTunes is also seeing UI improvements for things like app management, and syncing utilities. You'll be able to easily transfer apps, music, and videos from one of your local devices to another, and there is integrated support for Twitter and Facebook if you want to send music as a gift. Another big new feature: iTunes LPs. These LPs will be a digital album with cover art, lyrics, videos, and other customized content created by the artists themselves. Moving on, they showed off a few new games: an Assassin's Creed sequel, an FPS called Nova that had impressive graphics and multiplayer capability, Riddim Ribbon, a futuristic driving/music game that lets you remix your songs by how you navigate the course, and Madden NFL 2010. Next, Apple announced a price cut for the 8GB iPod Touch and a doubling of available storage for the other models. It's also getting OpenGL 2.0. The iPod Classic is getting a storage upgrade from 120GB to 160GB. In addition, there are headphones that have a controller for the Shuffle. Finally, Jobs got down to his "one more thing": Apple will now be building a video camera into the back of every iPod Nano. Apparently it will be a simple matter to sync videos to your computer or put them up on YouTube, and they're building in an FM radio as well. A detailed liveblog of the event with a ton of screenshots is available at Engadget.

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and THIS is why... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369087)

linux can never compete with apple.
commercial development drives things END USERS WANT.

Re:and THIS is why... (0, Troll)

multisync (218450) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369167)

commercial development drives things END USERS WANT.

Funny. I read the entire summary and can say unequivocally that I don't want *any* of that crap.

Re:and THAT is why... (1)

pohl (872) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369251)

Funny. I read the entire summary and can say unequivocally that I don't want *any* of that crap.

You simply rephrased what the AC said in a different way. Linux developers want what linux developers want, and they tend not to want what the average end user wants, and therefore the end product will never converge to something the average person desires. Is that really a controversial observation?

Re:and THAT is why... (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369569)

So why is it again that I would want an iPod or to run iTunes becaues any of that marketing jibber jabber?

The only remotely interesting bit sounded like a bit of a rehash of Pandora.

Perhaps it's those inflated prices and reduced selection that should be driving me to iTunes. [/sarcasm]

Re:and THIS is why... (1)

JavaLord (680960) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369619)

linux can never compete with apple. commercial development drives things END USERS WANT.

Perhaps sometime soon economic conditions will make end users want something Free and Open.

ipod touch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369105)

no camera for the ipod touch!? Lame

Re:ipod touch (0, Flamebait)

DarrenBaker (322210) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369145)

And add some 3G support to the Touch while you're at it, Apple!!

Re:ipod touch (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369173)

they call that the iphone.

Re:ipod touch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369239)

But I don't want an iPhone. All I want is an iPod Touch that I can make calls from.

At least it can be used everywhere... (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369635)

Those of us who would want to use iPod nano in a gym or some other place disallowing photo cameras, and who still don't have one - now it's the time to grab it, it seems.

What an innovative price cut! (4, Funny)

malevolentjelly (1057140) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369139)

It seems that Apple has made a well-timed and completely innovative and ground-breaking price-cut on their products, plus a brand new low-end iPod. Perhaps they are trying to throw a wrench into the machinations of the massive unstoppable juggernaut that is the Zune.

The iPod Touch is a solid product, but its hardware is a bit lackluster. I wish Creative Labs would just productize the Zii Egg already.

Re:What an innovative price cut! (1)

Ma8thew (861741) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369183)

I'm curious, what about the iPod touch's hardware do you consider 'lackluster'?

Re:What an innovative price cut! (2, Informative)

malevolentjelly (1057140) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369289)

I just can't legitimize spending that sort of money on something like that with the Zii Egg and the Zune HD around the corner. They're a lot more powerful... and for some reason I can't get past the hardware of handheld devices.

This may sound silly on slashdot, but I am actually comparing it to the Zune HD.

Re:What an innovative price cut! (1)

outZider (165286) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369369)

I'm not seeing what the Zune HD has that the latest iPod touch doesn't, except fewer pixels and WinMo.

Re:What an innovative price cut! (4, Interesting)

malevolentjelly (1057140) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369447)

Well, it's got a pretty hardcore Nvidia Tegra APX, which really slaps the iPod's solution sideways... plus it does have a pretty nice .NET development environment. I develop games... so I do care about this sort of thing.

Aside from that, it does 720p video out... but I don't have an HDTV so I don't care.

I am not going to bother defending this device. It's quite speculative since I don't know how Microsoft will position their App market on it. If the device can be App-centric, it has great potential. If it remains media-centric, then it will likely just be a flashy alternative to lower end iPods.

Re:What an innovative price cut! (1)

outZider (165286) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369531)

I'll give you the Tegra, but if you're a game developer, chances are, sandboxed semi-interpreted apps seem... less ideal than native apps.

Re:What an innovative price cut! (1)

malevolentjelly (1057140) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369611)

XNA is quite native at the bottom. It's just abstracted at a high level... I think you could get near-native power on it, which should still outstrip what can be done on an ipod. besides this, I don't have a mac and don't care to buy one in order to develop for my handheld.

Re:What an innovative price cut! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369665)

Don't be like that!
I developed two FPS games in VB5 once upon a time!

No, that's not "First Person Shooter".

Re:What an innovative price cut! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369435)

Define "a lot more powerful"... where do you get that from?

Re:What an innovative price cut! (1)

malevolentjelly (1057140) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369501)

The HD video output is a dead giveaway. That takes horsepower. The Tegra has it and they are showing it off.

Re:What an innovative price cut! (3, Insightful)

pohl (872) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369449)

I just can't legitimize spending that sort of money on something like that with [vaporware] around the corner.

Fixed for brevity

Re:What an innovative price cut! (0)

malevolentjelly (1057140) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369477)

If you're talking about the Zii, it's not vaporware because they are shipping the actual hardware with the SDK... it's just not productized yet. I am not sure Creative is planning to do so under their own label.

Re:What an innovative price cut! (4, Insightful)

samkass (174571) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369529)

What are you honestly going to use the extra "power" for? Wouldn't you rather just have something that does its thing really well? And has a gazillion apps available? If you're going to go purely on features for the dollar instead of "brand", you're probably going to buy a SanDisk anyway. Microsoft is in the worst of both worlds here-- they can't compete with Apple in apps, games, usability, or utility, and they can't compete with the smaller Asian manufactures on pure feature checklist length. Unless you put a LOT of extra value in the "Microsoft" label why buy a Zune? (Which is probably why market share goes roughly 74% Apple, 18% "Other", 7% SanDisk, 1% Microsoft.)

Re:What an innovative price cut! (1)

malevolentjelly (1057140) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369593)

Yeah. Yeah. That's rational and all. I think the Zune HD will be a more turn-around product for them.

Really, I fanatically hate Apple and it seems like the strongest competition so far at a decent pricepoint. I like their development tools, too. I care about that.

Mod parent FUNNY! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369231)

Zune has a market share of 1.1% if you didn't know.

now my post is Informative!

Re:What an innovative price cut! (1)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369233)

...the massive unstoppable juggernaut that is the Zune...

Thanks, you made me spit up my coffee. Mod parent +5 funny!

Re:What an innovative price cut! (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369287)

It seems that Apple has made a well-timed and completely innovative and ground-breaking...

These aren't features that are somehow innovative, since they were around five years ago on competing products. In other news, were you paid to make that post?

Re:What an innovative price cut! (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369647)

It seems that Apple has made a well-timed and completely innovative and ground-breaking price-cut on their products, plus a brand new low-end iPod. Perhaps they are trying to throw a wrench into the machinations of the massive unstoppable juggernaut that is the Zune.

To be fair, Zune is getting an OLED screen this year, and will be able to play 720p through HDMI on a TV. Although I have to question the wisdom of calling it "HD" when it's own screen is only 480x272, lower than current iPod Touch. May confuse some customers and really piss them off that they didn't buy a miniature HD screen (especially when trying to browse the web and finding out that most websites still need side to side scrolling).

Overall, I was hoping for more from Apple. It's just coasting.

App Store Games (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369169)

If you look at one of the graphs that was shown, this is the first time I can remember that Apple has made a direct comparison to the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS, or even to those companies in general. I think this is the opening shot of a new gaming war.

It will be interesting to see if the app developers can keep up with the DS and PSP developers.

Re:App Store Games (5, Insightful)

Steve Max (1235710) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369323)

Yes, but they seem to ignore a simple fact: quantity != quality. You can have 21000 games, but only three or four worth playing; this low signal-to-noise ratio is a problem for the DS, and a much bigger one for the iPhone/iPod. Besides, the lack of a conventional input system makes some types of games much less attractive. Imagine FIFA on the iPhone, for example. The iPhone, like all phones, is an alternative casual gaming platform. It's not in the same market as the PSP, or even the DS; just like the Wii didn't stop PS3 or Xbox360 sales. It brings more diversity, but doesn't make a "war" with the other, traditional platforms.

Re:App Store Games (1)

Slime-dogg (120473) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369695)

I've seen FIFA on the iphone. It works by using a controller interface overlay. It's not that bad, really.

An idea... (1)

DarrenBaker (322210) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369181)

Wireless sync? Yes? Please?

Re:An idea... (5, Funny)

glop (181086) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369249)

This duplicates the iTunes syncing functionality. Sorry. Just removing a wire does not justify duplicating functionality in the Experience(TM).
Oh well, yes I have karma to burn.

Goodbye Flip? (5, Interesting)

Cheefachi (970662) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369187)

I wonder how much the Flip's marketshare will be affected by the Nano getting a camera. Sure its not HD, but the original Flip was a huge seller and the Nano has that and a lot more while still retaining ease of use (though a single button to record is still probably a bit easier). I know if I were the founders of Pure Digital I am psyched Cisco acquired the company for $600 million a few months *before* this announcement! I wonder how much Cisco would acquire them for now?

Re:Goodbye Flip? (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369683)

Let's not forget how Apple pulled the trademark for the name "iPhone" from right under Cisco a couple years ago.

No camera on touch. Classic lives. (1)

WiiVault (1039946) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369207)

Personally I'm not in the market for a touch, but it is interesting to see the camera rumors didn't pan out. Instead we see it only on the Nano. Another great surprise was the survival of the Classic, my personal favorite of the line-up. Too bad Apple doesn't give it a well needed price cut.

Apple fans got told (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369215)

160 gb ipod, Welcome to 2007.
A cheap camera that you can get on any basic phone
No tablet
No OS X Lion
No Beatles.

Small print (-1, Troll)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369245)

P.S. Headphones that aren't iPod certified will now sound like crap because of DRM [osnews.com]. We hope you enjoy the difference as much as we will.

Re:Small print (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369367)

Hey look, it's someone pissing out ancient FUD and lies! Troll articles full of raging ignorance piss the ever living fuck out of me because they're stupid and they get idiots who rage blindly to parrot them.

It's not a goddamn authentication chip. It's a goddamn control chip that Apple sells which negates the need for any 3rd party vendor to implement and validate their own chip. It's a cost savings for EVERY manufacturer.

If you want to use your own headphones, get this: http://www.provantage.com/belkin-f8z452~7BELM0U4.htm [provantage.com]

There. Now shut the fuck up.

Re:Small print (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369401)

Nonsense. This was debunked the day it was "exposed". The chip is for the voice and remote control functions. And in any case, there will be adapters to let you use any headphones you like.

Re:Small print (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369441)

P.S. Headphones that aren't iPod certified will now sound like crap because of DRM [osnews.com]. We hope you enjoy the difference as much as we will.

did you *read* the link you pointed to? Headphones accept an analog signal.... the DRM doesn't change the *sound* (like you state), but whether or not play/pause/stop/next/etc buttons work or not.

Chill out.

Re:Small print (0)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369445)

Not only will they sound like crap, but you won't be able to control playback (controls are now only on the headphones). That sort of puts a damper on things if you were expecting to use a line out to plug this into a car or home stereo. The only button on the device itself is the on/off switch.

Re:Small print (4, Funny)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369663)

Jeebus! If you're using a Shuffle (A SHUFFLE!!) as an audio source for your home stereo, the utter lameness of that fact fills me with both pity AND revulsion.

You are, essentially, plugging in a device that has LESS selectability than an 8-track tape deck.

Really, such lame trolling is beneath the high standards expected here at Slashdot World Domination Headquarters, and this WILL be reflected in you semi-annual performance evaluation.

And as for your lack of cover sheets on your TPS reports...

Disappointed... (2, Insightful)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369257)

I'm a big Apple fan and love the iPod. I have a classic and a Touch and I was really looking forward to today's announcements. I was hopeful for things like a tablet (iPod Touch but bigger) or a netbook (unlikely to be announced at an iPod-focused show but I could hope) or an iPod Touch with a camera or some similarly cool announcement, after seeing that there was actually very little in the way of new stuff being announced, I must confess, I'm kinda disappointed. Actually, not kinda - I am disappointed.

Yes, the nano with a camera is cool and all but, if I'm going to buy a new iPod, it'll be a newer, better Touch, not something "less." Ah well...

Re:Disappointed... (0, Flamebait)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369457)

Would you really buy a new $250 iPod Touch just for the camera?

but, if I'm going to buy a new iPod,

You already own it!

Re:Disappointed... (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369577)

You've never upgraded a piece of technology that you already own to a newer, better, more powerful version? I have a first gen Touch so getting a 3rd gen (in an imaginary world where it was announced) would be an _upgrade_ over what I currently have. Not sure why it seems unusual that someone would upgrade...

Re:Disappointed... (1)

Knara (9377) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369541)

Tablet is probably still quite a while off, given the small market segment of Apple's already small market segment that would be interested in it. I'd like a good one for mobile sketching/art, but I'm not holding my breath that Apple will be the vendor that gets me that piece of technology (Motion Computing seems to be the manuf with the closest device to what I want).

Confused by sharing across computers (1)

Killer Orca (1373645) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369259)

I understand why it is a big deal to share videos across the local network, but songs? Songs are already DRM free, what prevents people from simply copying the song and adding it to their nth machine when they hit the 5 computer limit? Also, a separate store for ringtones that cost as much as the songs themselves, lame, should be bundled in with the song for like .01 cent.

Re:Confused by sharing across computers (1)

Ma8thew (861741) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369397)

The new feature is that you will be able to copy the songs within iTunes. The 5 computer limit is probably because Apple don't want to piss off the industry.

Re:Confused by sharing across computers (1)

chaim79 (898507) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369653)

I understand why it is a big deal to share videos across the local network, but songs? Songs are already DRM free, what prevents people from simply copying the song and adding it to their nth machine when they hit the 5 computer limit?

You always could do this, manually copy from one library to another on authorized machines, now you can do it within iTunes (before you could only do it via other means, sneakernet/hd sharing/etc) this will help keep libraries synced up between multiple computers.

Also, a separate store for ringtones that cost as much as the songs themselves, lame, should be bundled in with the song for like .01 cent.

And what's the price for your ringtones now? (other than ones you copy from another phone or load yourself.) Before it was a $1.98 per ringtone ($0.99 for the song, $0.99 to make a ringtone out of it) now they are removing that intermediate step and just selling pre-made ringtones for $1.29... not a bad deal... and far cheaper than purchasing them off Verizon!

What day is it? (4, Funny)

kelzer (83087) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369269)

FM Radio in the Nano. Checking date - nope, it's not April 1.

Re:What day is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369427)

not even HD radio? They gonna cut analog radio off next, the tv switch made some mad cash...

Re:What day is it? (2, Funny)

gbarules2999 (1440265) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369433)

I saw my calender upside down this morning and got scared. What, would buying an iPod nab you a free exorcism?

Re:What day is it? (1, Interesting)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369639)

I don't understand how a nano can pick up FM radio. According to my research [google.com], FM band radio in the US can have a wavelength of 3.4 meters. How do you pick that up on a device that's less than 10 centimeters long?

LPs eh? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369273)

Now if only they would make the ipod out of vinyl, then it would sound warmer and more natural.

And yet, (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369277)

The Zune HD will STILL be a better product. And the Zune software will STILL be superior to iTunes.

Re:And yet, (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369493)

The Zune HD will STILL be a better product. And the Zune software will STILL be superior to iTunes.

And of course continue to dominate the market as it has.

LPs (3, Insightful)

hardburn (141468) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369293)

Another big new feature: iTunes LPs. These LPs will be a digital album with cover art, lyrics, videos, and other customized content created by the artists themselves

I read that as "we're giving into the RIAA, who wants people to buy 12 songs at a time, only 2 of which are worth a listen, and which you will be sick of already from being played endlessly on Top 40 radio in between 10 minute commercial breaks and 5 minutes of the DJ talking about their dog."

Re:LPs (3, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369421)

That would be a silly way of reading it, since you can continue to purchase individual tracks. And why are you listening to top 40 radio?

You don't always have to be contrarian, you know.

camera in the Nano but not the Touch? huh? (5, Insightful)

erac3rx (832099) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369299)

I never would have believed they would add a video camera to the Nano and not the Touch. That's just dumb. The mid-range model has more functionality than the premium model now.

iPod touch with camera (5, Informative)

Ma8thew (861741) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369309)

Supposedly, the new touch should have had a camera in, but it was delayed because of technical issues [appleinsider.com] with the camera module.

Re:iPod touch with camera (1)

ASpork (1455223) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369709)

I sure hope so, A Camera Makes it worth so much more IMHO... Odd that the nano would get awesome upgrades, but the touch gets hardly anything....

Correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369311)

The iPod Touch now has OpenGL ES 2.0.

Classic 160GB? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369313)

I have a classic 160GB purchased around late 2007. Is this something else, or did they decrease the Classic's capacity at some point?

Re:Classic 160GB? (1)

RDW (41497) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369533)

'I have a classic 160GB purchased around late 2007. Is this something else, or did they decrease the Classic's capacity at some point?'

Yes, they killed the fat (double drive platter) 160Gb Classic and upped the thin 80Gb version to 120Gb, when higher capacity single platter drives became available. Now we have a thin 160Gb Classic, but the double platter version remains dead (so no 240Gb or 320Gb in the immediate future, unfortunately).

Why Ipods still ? (1)

parallel_prankster (1455313) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369351)

I thought with the I-pod touch, Apple will slowly phase out Nanos. Why dont they make Ipod-touch slimmer like the nano ? Id love to have an mp3 player that can let me check email. I will never get an mp3 player that can charge an arm and a leg to make phone calls.

No GPS for iPod touch :-( (1)

yogibaer (757010) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369375)

I so much would have liked a GPS Receiver with that. So sad. I do not need another phone but a PDA (and the iPod Touch is that as well) with GPS would have really have made my day today. Well, there's always "one more thing"....

Re:No GPS for iPod touch :-( (1)

pla (258480) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369673)

I so much would have liked a GPS Receiver with that. So sad. I do not need another phone but a PDA

The iPhone does all those things - Has a built in GPSr, acts as a PDA, plays multimedia files, and even theoretically lets you get online (as long as you stand outside, in good weather, with line-of-sight sight of a tower, at 3am, yadda yadda yadda). And if you jailbreak it, you can even use force AT&T to make good on their false advertising (MMS and tethering come to mind).

So while you may not need a new phone, it sounds like a new phone would solve your problem. Now me, I loathe both AT&T and Apple. The N900, however - Drool!

30k Ringtones (5, Interesting)

sou11ess (942999) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369403)

$1.29 Ringtones! It still boggles my mind that people accept this.

$1.29 for a 30 second sound clip compared to $.99 for the full 2-3 minute song. Insane. You know what would've been nice to have in the 3.1 OS update? The ability to choose a song on your phone and then making it your ringtone.

Re:30k Ringtones (4, Informative)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369525)

It is a relatively simple matter to make your own ringtones for the iPhone with no need for jailbreaking or even much knowledge. It is literally a matter of changing the .m4a extension to .m4r and iTunes will automatically convert audio to m4a. You don't ever have to buy a ringtone for the iPhone if you don't want to and still have your own custom rings.

Re:30k Ringtones (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29369539)

Apple doesn't advertise this feature very often, but Garageband allows you to use arbitrary audio sources to create ring tones that can be exported to iTunes for free. No idea what the non-OSX solutions are, but I'm reasonably sure they exist too.

Re:30k Ringtones (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369645)

I agree completely! How can anyone on this earth pay $1.29 to have their phone notify them of an incoming message??? It really does confuse me. Honestly, do SOMETHING kind of productive with your money. Ringtones... everything wrong with consumerism, in my view.

fail (1)

legallyillegal (889865) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369415)

nano camera is in a horrible place and gets FM radio 5 generations too late, touch gets shafted, classic 160gb is back after being previously eliminated

Can't wait for the uproar... (1)

emag (4640) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369429)

... when all these folks bring new ipods to jury duty or other federal/state buildings that prohibit cameras. That's gonna be a fun time for someone who expected to while away the hours sitting there by listening to music...

How about a 250GB IPod Classic?! (1)

MBC1977 (978793) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369517)

Apple ALREADY had a 160 GB IPod Classic. How about a 250GB?! Cause this is really stupid to remove it from the market and then bring it back again, because nobody wants the 120 GB. Of course they don't want the 120GB. As much as I like and respect Apple, this particular move just seems like a throwback to me.

Re:How about a 250GB IPod Classic?! (1)

Ma8thew (861741) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369597)

Apple removed the old 160 GB classic because they didn't want to have a dual platter iPod anymore. It was expensive for them to make two models, especially given the declining popularity of the classic. As hard drive capacity has increased, a 160 GB single platter iPod is now possible.

Double standard (5, Insightful)

Snufu (1049644) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369537)

Why is Apple's PR effluence tagged as "announcement" while the equivalent from Redmond is tagged slashvertisement/astroturfing?
No, I'm not new here, I'm just dense.

Re:Double standard (2, Informative)

Ma8thew (861741) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369623)

The announcement tag comes from the category that the story is placed in. It is not a user generated tag. The astroturf tag is user generated.
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