Apple didn't accompany the movie store's launch with the rumored wide-screen iPods, but the iPod line has nevertheless enjoyed a refresh. Full-sized iPods have had their prices cut to $249 and $349, and capacity for the pricier model is up from 60GB to 80GB. The new iPods feature gapless playback, instant search, new earphones, a 60% brighter screen, and longer battery life (up to 20 hours of audio, up to 6.5 hours of video) than their predecessors. Meanwhile, the iPod nano has received a retro makeover and now sports a multi-colored aluminium finish similar to the old iPod mini's. Capacities for the new nanos have doubled to 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB, battery life is up 10 hours to 24 hours, and prices are still $149, $199, and $249.
Last, but not least, Jobs had a second "one more thing" after the movie store announcement: a sneak preview of the "iTV," a set-top box that will allow users to stream movies and TV shows from their computer to their TV wirelessly. iTV is not the final product name, but the device is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2007 at $299. It will feature built-in Wi-Fi, USB2.0, Ethernet, both HDMI and component video outputs, and both analog and optical audio outputs.
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