Apple Reveals New iTunes Phone + Even Smaller iPod

Published: 2005-09-08
Apple has unveiled its latest hi-tech gadget, an iTunes phone that
company CEO Steve Jobs has called "an iPod Shuffle right on your phone". The
phone, to be manufactured by Motorola and which was unveiled for the press
September 7 in San Francisco, will be able to hold up to 100 songs and will
be equipped to handle podcasts, while also featuring a handy USB port so
users can upload songs from their computers. It stops playing music when
someone, you know, calls you.

Initially rumoured to be equipped with only enough memory to store 25 songs,
the iTunes phone has more capacity than expected but still less than the
Shuffle, perhaps to limit, as a post on tech website suggested,
"cannibalizing (of) iPod Shuffle sales." In other words, they'd like you to
be unable to live without both.

At the same press conference, Jobs also announced plans for a new iPod Nano
that will replace the existing iPod Mini. The Nano, described by Jobs as
"impossibly small" and "thinner than a No. 2 pencil" fer crying out loud,
will have the capability to store 1,000 songs as well as hosting numerous
other features, such as games and a calendar. 'Twill also come in 2 and 4
gigabyte models and, presumably, will fit inside your eyelid.

Anyone else remember the Walkman? No? Fine.

Writer: Neil McDonald



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