Apple today introduced new 10, 15 and 30GB
iPods that feature a lighter and thinner design. The new iPods sport new new buttons, solid-state navigation wheels across the line, and the ability to build playlists on-the-go.
The new iPods feature new USB 2.0 interfaces — for Windows users who lack FireWire, according to Apple CEO steve Jobs — and a new docking interface that’s been moved to the bottom. What’s more, USB 2.0 will be supported for Windows users starting in June with the release of a free software download.
What’s more, the 15 and 30GB units include a dock that provides a “home base” for the iPod that charges it through Firewire and provides line out access to connect the iPod to a stereo.
The new iPods also support AAC audio format, key to Apple’s announcements about iTunes 4 and its new iTunes Music Store, an online music service providing access to 200,000 titles from the five major commercial publishers of music in the US.
The iPod includes a power adapter, earbud headphones, FireWire cable and 4 to 6 pin FireWire adapter. The iPod Dock comes standard on the 15GB and 30GB models as well, which also include a carrying case and wired remote. (The accessories can also be ordered separately for the 10GB model). System requirements call for Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later, with Mac OS X 10.2 “Jaguar” recommended.
The new iPod — now in a single box for either Windows or Mac users — will ship this Friday nationwide. Prices are US$299, $399 and $499 for the 10, 15 and 30GB models respectively.