Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs bounced back into the public spotlight for the first time in over half a year on Wednesday, as the company introduced new products.
The executive started off by announcing a new version of Apple's popular online media store, iTunes, and updated software for the iPhone.
Jobs later unveiled a new line of iPods with digital cameras ahead of the crucial holiday season.
New iPod nano With Built-in Video Camera
Apple today introduced the new iPod nano, adding a video camera, mic and speaker to the world?s most popular music player. The new iPod nano features an ultra-thin and sleek design with a larger 2.2-inch color display and an aluminum and glass enclosure. iPod nano also features a built-in FM radio with live pause and iTunes Tagging, as well as a built-in pedometer. The new iPod nano is available today in an 8GB model for $149 and a 16GB model for $179, and comes in nine colors including silver, black, purple, blue, green, orange, yellow, (PRODUCT) RED and pink.
iPod nano provides up to 24 hours of music playback or five hours of video playback on a single charge.
The new iPod nano is available immediately for a suggested price of $149 (US) for the 8GB model and $179 (US) for the 16GB model in silver, black, purple, blue, green, orange and pink through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple?s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 8GB and 16GB iPod nano in yellow and (PRODUCT) RED are available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com) and Apple?s retail stores.
New iPod touch Lineup
The company also today announced the new iPod touch lineup starting at the price of just $199. iPod touch features Apple?s Multi-Touch user interface, a 3.5-inch widescreen glass display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a built-in accelerometer and speaker?all in an amazingly thin metal design.
The 8GB iPod touch is now available for just $199, along with new models which deliver twice the capacity for the same price, with the iPod touch 32GB model for $299 and 64GB model for $399.
iPod touch is a great iPod for enjoying music, television shows, movies and podcasts. iPod touch has many features for music fans such as Cover Flow, Shake to Shuffle, and access to the iTunes Store. And now, the new iPod touch supports Genius Mixes, which automatically creates up to 12 endless mixes of songs from your iTunes library that go great together.
iPod touch is also a pocket computer, letting users surf the web, do email, manage their calendars, organize contacts, and use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
iPod touch comes with the latest iPhone 3.1 software including: Cut, Copy and Paste; Spotlight Search to search across iPod touch or within Mail, Contacts, Calendar and iPod; landscape keyboard for Mail, Notes and Safari; remote lock for MobileMe and anti-phishing features.
The App Store works with iPod touch over Wi-Fi so users can purchase and download apps wirelessly and start using them instantly.
The new iPod touch is available immediately for a suggested price of $199 (US) for the 8GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple?s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod touch requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later and iTunes 9; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 9. Existing iPod touch users can update to the latest 3.1 software for just $4.95 (US) to enjoy new features including Genius Mixes and Genius for Apps. iPod touch owners who already have the 3.0 software get the 3.1 software update for free.
iPod shuffle Now Starts at Just $59
Apple also announced that iPod shuffle is now available starting at just $59 in five colors. iPod shuffle?s controls are conveniently located on the headphone cord, letting users navigate and enjoy music without even looking. The iPod shuffle is available worldwide today in a new 2GB model for just $59 and a 4GB model for $79, and both models come in silver, black, pink, blue and green.
iPod shuffle is based on Apple?s incredibly popular shuffle feature, which randomly selects songs from your music library.
The third generation iPod shuffle is available immediately for a suggested price of $59 (US) for the 2GB model and $79 (US) for the 4GB model in silver, black, pink, blue and green through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple?s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. A 4GB special edition polished stainless steel model is available in a 4GB model for $99 (US) through the Apple Store (www.apple.com) and Apple?s retail stores.
Fianally, Apple today introduced iTunes 9, the latest version of the popular software application to purchase, manage and play media, packed with new features such as iTunes LP, Home Sharing and Genius Mixes, as well as a redesigned store and improved syncing.
"iTunes 9 is a great iTunes release, with innovative features that make using iTunes better than ever and iTunes content richer than ever," said Steve Jobs. "iTunes LP, for example, lets artists share more of their creativity with fans and gives music lovers the feeling of being immersed in an entire album with art, lyrics, liner notes, photos and videos."
Users can enjoy iTunes LP and iTunes Extras on a Mac or PC.
iTunes 9 also introduces Home Sharing, which lets users easily transfer music, movies and TV shows among up to five authorized computers in their home.
The popular Genius feature gets even better with Genius Mixes which are created using the results of over 27 million music libraries with over 54 billion songs that have been submitted and analyzed by Genius. The new Genius Mixes feature is like having a "Genius" DJ that automatically generates up to 12 endless mixes of songs from the iTunes library that go great together.
With improved syncing in iTunes 9 and iPhone OS 3.1, users can now organize their iPhone apps right in iTunes and they will automatically appear on your iPhone with the same layout. Plus, syncing music, photos, movies and TV shows is easier than ever with the added ability to sync music by artist and genre and sync photos by Events and Faces. The iTunes Store on iPhone now features precut ringtone downloads with over 20,000 ringtones priced at just $1.29.
iTunes 9 is available immediately as a free download at www.itunes.com.