revamped its iPod line this week
at the Macworld Conference & Expo in New York, and improved the device’s software, owners of current iPods need not worry.
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The new software will be offered as a firmware update for those owners next month, Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior director of Hardware Product Marketing, told MacCentral. This week Apple introduced a new 20 GB iPod for $499; other models include a 5GB for $299; and a 10GB model that is 10 percent thinner for $399. Both the 10GB and the 20GB models feature a solid-state touch wheel and include a new Apple carrying case and wired remote. The new iPods will be available for the first time to both Mac and Windows customers.
The EarBud headphones that come with the iPods are smaller, as is the FireWire cable, Joswiak said. It’s all a part of Apple’s effort to make the popular devices even more portable than ever, he added.
For Mac users, the new iPod will include the new iTunes 3. For Windows users, it will have MusicMatch Jukebox. Otherwise the only differences between the two are the audio file formats and the number of pins on the FireWire cables.