Apple just announced its new iPod nano (7th generation) MP3 player during the iPhone 5 event. The new iPod nano is 38% thinner than its predecessor, and now rocks a 2.5-inch multitouch display that is capable of playing widescreen videos. It's got support for the new Lightning connector, an FM radio tuner with recording capabilities, Bluetooth 4.0 built-in, and Nike+ pedometer support out of the box. If you're excited, you'll have to wait a while, as the new nano won't ship until October. You'll be able to get the 16GB portable media player for $149.
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The iPod nano got a very welcome upgrade today, with Apple integrating a camera into the device, making it the first (and only - sorry iPod touch) iPod with a built-in camera. On the lower left on back of the iPod nano sits the camera, along with speaker and microphone. The iPod nano only records video, so it doesn’t take still images, and those videos are recorded at 640x480 in H.264 up to 30fps with AAC audio. There are also 15 video effects you can apply, like Black and White, Film Grain, Thermal, X-Ray, and more.
Also making the iPod nano unique is the addition of an FM tuner, again, a first for the iPod line. Apple has even included a feature they call Live Pause, which lets you pause radio, and continue listening later. It holds a buffer of up to 15 minutes. You’ll also find a pedometer in the new nano, which works together with the built-in Nike+ integration, and a new, larger 2.2-inch screen - up from 2-inch on the previous model. We’ve got videos after the break that show off the iPod nano video camera, Genius Mix, and FM radio features.
The fifth generation iPod nano is available now at $149 for the 8GB model, and $179 for the 16GB version, and they come in nine new colors.
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I love listening to my iPod. Everywhere I go, I have it plugged in - on the road, in my car, on the bus, at work; everywhere. But no matter how much I love having all of my audio/visual media right at my fingertips, there has always been one thing that has bothered me about iPods and all of their associated paraphernalia - they all look the same.
They all resemble something that Eero Saarinen carved out of a block of plastic, polished to a shine, and made available to the public. This is all well and good if you have a condo chock-full of Jetsons furniture, eschewing any and all hard lines in favor of the Apple standard of soft eggshell curved products. I, on the other hand, am a pretty typical guy and have a living space peppered with very angular, semi-broken furniture and accoutrements that make a proto-futuristic iPod docking station look a tad out of place.
Enter Tivoli’s iPAL docking station. Resembling something that would be right at home on a WWII submarine or knocking around in the jungle on a National Geographic expedition; it is the perfect addition to my jumbled, yet spartan living situation. Stacked next to my hotplate and the Zenith TV that I use as the base for my coffee table, it looks perfectly natural - like it was meant to be there. Despite its rugged and retro appearance, it offers amazing sound quality, and also comes with an AM/FM auto-tuner and a NiMH battery pack that recharges in three hours and offers 16 hours of continuous play.
While its price, at $274.04 (192.40 Euro) makes it far more expensive than any of the rest of my furniture, it still looks mighty fine sitting atop my bookshelf made of cinder-blocks and 2x4’s.
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Philips has combined their new clock radio with a digital frame for those who like to wake to a friendly face. The AJL303 has a 3.5-inch color high-resolution display with time, date and radio station info. The device allows access from SD cards or music from its built-in FM radio. For an even more special Zen moment, arise or go to sleep to nature sounds that include rain, ocean waves and spa music. Get yours for $79.99.
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Philips has announced their GoGear line of products. Included is the Luxe MP3 player with a Bluetooth headset that allows a switch from music to call with one click. With 100 hours of battery life, FM tuner with 20 presets and caller ID, it has a price of $79.99. The Mix has a 4GB capacity, FM tuner with presets, a 25 hour battery life, USB connection and a price of $44.99.
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Creative’s ZEN MX does it all with a built-in SD card slot to access and create a playlist for more music, videos and photos. Weighing only 66g, it features plug and play use and a 2.5-inch TFT 16.7 million color display. It has an FM tuner, alarm clock, voice recorder and Creative’s easy navigation. Compatible with Windows XP or Vista, the 8GB MX has a price of $99.00 while you can get the 16GB model for $129.99.
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Sony’s new X-series Walkman is about to make its debut. The player has a 3-inch OLED screen for video and an FM tuner for audio. The PMP can handle almost any music format and comes with Slacker streaming and noise-canceling headphones. WiFi enabled, expect up to 33 hours of tunes or 9 hours of video playback. Available mid June, you can preorder now. Choose the 16GB model for $299.99 or the 32GB model for $399.99.
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Creative has a new speaker and FM tuner for iPod nano 4G. The Travelsound has 4 microdrives, a digital amplifier and can go for 15 hours with its built-in Li-Po rechargeable battery. Slide your nano in and tune to your fave stations with the control buttons. The device also has a USB port for syncing to iTunes as well as recharging both the player and speaker. The model i85 comes with a handy stand and is available now for a price of $99.99.
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Sony has updated their USB Walkman E-Series, the 2GB NW-E042 and 4GB NW-043, and added an 8GB NW-E044. With a 3-line color LCD display, it also has FM tuner, SonicStage V music management software and support MP3, ATRAC, AAC, WAV and WMA. Unfortunately they don’t support DRM music, however each comes with a Stype-UP Panel, an interchangeable skin. The Walkmen come with their own USB cable for charging and sync and EX earbuds with 13.5mm drivers. Look for them in mid-May in Japan with prices ranging from ~$81.00 to ~$132.00.
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This black and white boombox can also play video. The HJ69 features a 3.5-inch TFT display, a PC woofer, a clock with optional music or radio alarm and built-in FM tuner. It will play MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA, WMV, ASF and WAV music files as well as RM, RMVB and AVI video files. Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, power it up with AAA batteries (not included.) Contact Made-In-China for more details and price tag.
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