I can’t believe I missed this…
Thanks to Kris for reminding me to catch the liveblogs of Apple’s “Beat Goes On” event today. Some pretty impressive offerings, and some amazing results. I’ll trust TUAW’s summary for just the facts:
- iTunes update tonight with ringtones: an extra 99c after you buy the song, bells on applicable songs in iTunes, any 30 seconds of a song
- Shuffle is getting a (PRODUCT) Red, more colors, 1gb at $79 shipping today
- new iPod Nano is real– features wider design and bigger screen, 204 ppi, has video, CoverFlow, ships with 3 games, black, silver, red, blue, and green. 4gb silver only $149, 8gb all colors $199, ships later this week.
- iPod Classic, thinner Video iPod with Nano’s interface, 80gb $249 and 160gb $349
- iPod touch, basically an iPhone without the phone, features WiFi, Google and Yahoo, Safari, CoverFlow, YouTube. Available later this month, 8gb and 16gb, $299 and $399.
- iTunes WiFi Music Store, available on iPod touch and eventually iPhone, buy any iTunes songs at same pricing and selection, download them over WiFi and resync them back to iTunes on your Mac.
- Apple teaming up with Starbucks to profide WiFi for music store while instore, and one-click purchasing of overhead music
- And perhaps today’s biggest surprise: iPhone price drop. 8gb for $399, effective immediately.
I have to admit, I’m a little torn between the new iPod touch, or the 8gb iPhone. I have no love for AT&T, then again I don’t have much love for Verizon Wireless either. Having a phone-less-iPhone is what I’ve wanted for a while now, but I have to really think about how many places won’t have the precious wi-fi I need to access the features I’d like. Ah well, this just throws an interesting wrench into the works of what to buy myself for my birthday this year.
In an interesting contrast to last year when the office was pretty much huddled around a computer checking out the liveblog of the keynote, this year I had people coming to me ahead of time detracting the new potential offerings of Apple. I hadn’t even said anything about them yet, but I suspect it was a case of “protest too much”.