Apple today introduced a second
model with twice the storage capacity as the original device. The 10GB iPod enables users to store up to 2,000 CD-quality songs. Also, Apple has released free software that adds the ability for iPod users to download and store contact lists with up to 1,000 names and addresses. Also, users wanting to add a custom look for their iPods can now get them custom-engraved with laser etching.
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs put the iPod’s improved storage capacity into perspective for folks who traveled to Tokyo for this week’s Macworld Expo. “With the new 10GB iPod, you can listen to your music continuously on six round-trip flights between San Francisco and Tokyo and never hear the same song twice,” said Jobs.
The custom laser engraving option enables buyers to have a name or personal message added, to commemorate special events or for identification.
The iPod’s new Contact software enables users to transfer contact lists from Entourage, Palm Desktop or Mac OS X’s Address Book into the iPod Contacts folder.
Apple has also added 20 equalizer presets ranging from R&B to Classical, which allows you to adjust the iPod’s dynamic range to better match the kind of music you like to listen to.
Contact and EQ features are both available as a free download from Apple’s web site, entitled iPod Software Updater 1.1. The new 10GB iPod model is now being sold alongside the original 5GB model. The 5GB iPod remains US$399, while the new 10GB iPod costs $499.