In a palooza of new music-related announcements, Apple has introduced the iPod nano.
Designed to replace the iPod mini, it comes in 2GB and 4GB capacities. It's as thin as a pencil, and sports a full colour interface, much like the full-capacity iPods.
It does not, however, have the colour range of the iPod mini - the new iPod nano is available in just white and black.
Steve Jobs introduced the player at a special music event in San Francisco, saying:
"iPod nano is the biggest revolution since the original iPod... iPod nano is a full-featured iPod in an impossibly small size, and it's going to change the rules for the entire portable music market."
Jobs also introduced version 5 of the iTunes music software which includes support for playlists in nested folders, as well as the Motorola ROKR mobile phone with iTunes support.
Also on the billing was the availablity of the complete audiobook set of Harry Potter, and the announcement that all of Madonna's back catalogue will now be available from the iTunes music store. Madonna will also front the advertising campaign for the ROKR.
The nano is on sale for $179 / $249 for 2GB and 4GB, which translates to £139 / £179. With it are a host of new accessories, including a lanyard with build in earphones to cut down on the cable clutter prevalent with the iPod Shuffle.
Almost all the bit-tech staff own iPods, and we've had some heated internal discussions about the nano. It clearly looks ace - it's almost an entirely new form factor for a 4GB player. However, I personally hate the fact it's only in black and white, being an owner of a green mini. Others on the team think the mini is only really for those who are uncertain of their sexual orientation anyway, and think the black is undoubtedly the sexiest MP3 player ever conceived.
What do you make of it? Is the nano almost too
thin? Are you going to miss the mini now it's no longer available? Let us know what you think in the forum.