(PRODUCT) RED is a special initiative to raise money for the Global Fund to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Apple is already participating in the program with a special red version of its iPod nano; initially, the company sold a $199 4GB version. Now a $249 8GB version joins the line. Apple will contribute $10 to from the sale of each (PRODUCT) RED edition iPod nano to the Global Fund.
Under the hood, the (PRODUCT) RED nano is exactly the same as Apple’s other iPod nano models — it’s a flash-based digital music player that works with music you’ve ripped into iTunes or downloaded from the iTunes store. Its color display shows you album art and digital photos you’ve synced from iTunes.
Apple estimates that the 8GB (PRODUCT) RED nano can store about 2,000 songs — twice the effective capacity of its 4GB sibling. It features the same dimensions, so it can use the same accessories from Apple and third parties designed for second-generation iPod nano players.
The 8GB iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED features redesigned earbud headphones, a dock connector and a USB 2.0 cable to connect to a Mac or PC.
Apple said the new 8GB iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED will be available through the online Apple Store beginning today, Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, and will appear at Apple retail stores through the weekend.
System requirements call for USB 2.0 and Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later with iTunes 7.0.2 or higher.