Apple had few surprises in store at its "rock and roll" event this morning, aside perhaps from the return of charismatic co-founder and quasi religious figure Steve Jobs, who talked briefly about his liver transplant. Product-wise, Jobs introduced a refreshed (but not completely revamped) line of iPods as well as a new version of iTunes.
Starting with the new hardware, this event's "one more thing" introduction was a new iPod nano sporting a larger 2.2" display, a polished aluminum enclosure, a built-in video camera, and an FM radio tuner. The device is available now from the Apple Store in two variants: 8GB for $149, and 16GB for $179.
The new-and-improved iPod touch doesn't feature a camera, but it does have a lower starting price tag of $199 for the 8GB model. Apple also offers $299 32GB and $399 64GB devices with faster processors and OpenGL ES 2.0 support. Before today, the eight-gig touch started at $229, and you had to cough up $299 for a 16GB version.
Apple has also bumped capacity of the iPod classic from 120GB to 160GB, and it's introduced an updated iPod shuffle with different color options and a cheaper $59, 2GB option. There's a polished stainless steel "special edition" model selling for $99, too. But still no buttons.
On the software side of things, the new iTunes 9 brings a redesigned iTunes Store, value-added content for some albums and movies, a Home Sharing feature (which sounds a bit like Windows 7's HomeGroup functionality), Genius Mixes, and app management for the iPod touch and iPhone. The new iTunes 9 is available for download for Mac OS X and Windows right now.
Until Apple puts up the video of the event on its website, you can check out Engadget's photo-laden live blog for more details.
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