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Just when you thought the iPod couldn’t get any better, it did. Hemant Sahi has the details.

One thing that Apple is good at, is keeping a secret. I think that’s a good thing, because when the time is right, they unveil to this innocent world something so unexpected and beautiful, all that can be heard for miles and miles are ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, iPod Touch. It’s everything that the iPod classic (the original iPod video) was. Plus a lot more.

First thing that you notice is that it looks exactly like the iPhone. In fact it actually works just like the iPhone.

Anyways, getting back to the Touch, the device certainly lives up to its name. It gives you the ability to control everything you do on your iPod with a multi-touch user interface. So you can now pinch (zoom in/out) through your photos, browse through your music collection or videos, just by moving your finger across the screen.

“The iPod touch is a landmark iPod, ushering in a whole new generation of features based on its revolutionary multi-touch interface and built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “People are going to be amazed at how thin it is and how much it does.”

With its stunning 3.5-inch widescreen display, iPod Touch is great for watching movies and TV shows, as well as screening photos and album art. This is a big deal for video enthusiasts for two main reasons, one being the fact that it’s a widescreen, which is now the most widely used format for videos, so say good-bye to those ugly black bars on the top and bottom of your screen, and second, the fact that it’s 3.5 inches. Everybody wanted a bigger screen, so here it is.

The iPod Touch uses flash drives rather than hard disks, which are much faster and less power consuming. Now the main limiting factor with flash drives is the storage capacity. There is an 8GB and 16GB model, but higher capacity models can definitely be expected in the near future.

And guess what, just like the iPhone, iPod Touch has a built-in accelerometer that automatically senses when you rotate it into its landscape position. iPod Touch also has a built-in ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the display’s brightness.

What makes the Touch such a dreamy gadget is its Wifi feature. That’s right; now using Safari, the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device, you can browse through the web on your iPod!

Stop rubbing your eyes and read on, you’re awake and don’t worry, the ground below you is as steady as it was when you started reading this.

iTunes in India is just an application for users to listen to and transfer songs to their iPod. The iTunes Music Store is not available to the Indian market yet, but overseas, users of Touch will be able to browse through the iTunes Wifi Music Store and download content directly onto their iPods!

After using the device you get the feeling your fingers were actually created for the sole purpose of using Apple products! Check this video:
http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/features.html
The new iPod touch will be available in India in October. The 8GB iPod model is priced at Rs 17,700 ($299 in the US) and the 16GB iPod model Rs 23,600 ($399 in the US). BIg price difference – sigh!

The new iPod Nano
iPod Nano is the highest selling player in its size, just like its elder brother. Talking about the elder brother, it’s high time the Nano grew u a little. Hmm, that gives me an idea. What if I take the iPod classic, and squish it from the top till I can actually hold it between my fingers. Well, that’s exactly what the new Nano is. Three generations later it develops a screen where you can actually make out what’s going on. It is now 2 inches wide and unquestionably brighter and more colorful than its predecessors. Rest remains the same; it inherits the looks from its brother, maintaining the click wheel navigation and the sexy back. Oh, did I mention that it comes in ridiculously uncommon colours.

The new Ipod nano will sell for Rs 8800 (8gb, silver) and Rs 11,400 (16 gb, silver, black, blue, green)

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