The newcomer will have their own product review. In this article we will focus on the changes and improvements made to the current iPod model range: the redesigned nano, the renowned iPod classic, and the more colorful iPod shuffle.
The changes can be summarized as follows:
The truth is that there are some more details, although certainly not many. IPod shuffle has been the least changed of all models.
In fact, the only difference is the color since the only one that remains is the silver introduced a year ago, while the rest of the colors presented in January have been replaced by a new range. Shuffle is now available in a softer volume of blue and green, as well as light purple and a new (PRODUCT) RED version. All models have a capacity of 1 GB and are sold for a price of 79 EUR.
IPod nano and iPod classic
If previous versions of the iPod nano and the regular iPod were especially defined by their differences, the most notable thing about the new iPod nano and iPod classic (Apple’s new official name for the standard-size iPod line) is perhaps the most That look alike.
The new iPod classic receives the nano’s anodized metal casing in black or silver, at least on its front face; the back is still metallic. This should make the classic’s face less prone to scratches, although the combination of anodized metal on the front and shiny metal on the back is a bit odd at first. The classic’s headphone jack has been moved from top to bottom, thus offering a similar placement to the nano. (It seems that it is no longer possible to get the composite video signal through this connector using Apple’s iPod AV cable, instead you will need to use the new Component AV or Composite AV Cable (49 EUR) in the dock connector, or well a cradle that supports video output.
IPod classic is slightly thinner than its predecessor, plus it offers considerably more storage: the new 80GB model is 10.5mm thick, and the 160GB model is 13.5mm thick. mm. On the other hand, the new iPod classics are not much heavier.
The iPod classic screen is the same 2.5-inch size and 320 x 240-pixel resolution as the previous model, although battery life has been significantly improved. The smallest capacity model goes from offering 14 hours of music playback or 3.5 hours of video playback to 30 hours of audio or 5 hours of video. The 160GB model offers 40 hours of music or 7 hours of video playback (compared to 20 or 6 hours, respectively, for the earlier 80GB iPod). Apple now also includes 4 games with every iPod classic: Vortex, iQuiz, and Klondike.
The new iPod nano is wider (52.3mm) and smaller (69.8mm) compared to the previous nano, while the thickness remains at 6.5mm. The 2 GB model of the previous range has disappeared, leaving a 4 GB version in silver and 8 GB available in the same colors as the new shuffle, although in this case black replaces purple.
In many respects the new nano is more like a scaled-down version of iPod classic than an upgrade to the nano itself. For example, instead of using anodized metal, the new nano has a chrome back, just like its big brother. The nano’s new 2-inch screen (now a half-inch larger, 65 percent brighter, and using the same 320 x 240-pixel resolution as the iPod classic) can now play videos, and it also supports the same games as the iPod. classic. (IPod nano also comes standard with the same games as iPod classic.)
The new nano offers the same 24 hours of audio playback as its predecessor, or 5 hours of video playback. Additionally, you also get the classic’s ability to send the video signal (series, movies, video podcasts, or photos) to a TV or projector through the dock port, making the nano the smallest device on which it can be transported. video and play it on a television. (The same video or dock cables mentioned above can be used for iPod classic, with an output resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, just like the classic.)
For those who were concerned that the split connector system used in the iPhone was going to prevail in the rest of the products, the good news is that both the iPod classic and the iPod nano have the same headphone jack that can be used with third-party headphones, without the need for an adapter.
The new iPod nano and classic offer an improved iPod interface that retains the familiar iPod menu system while adding some visual enhancements. For example, the Cover Flow feature of iTunes is now available through a new Cover Flow item in the Music menu. Select this item and the Click Wheel control will allow you to cycle through the album art. When you find the desired album, you can click on the central button to access the list of songs in that album. Select the track and start playback.
The new “Now Playing” screen looks more similar to the Apple TV, except with a white background, and also shows more information: artist, track, album, rating, and track number. Cover Flow seems a bit slower on the newer iPods compared to iTunes, and I suspect it will raise the same passion / hate ratio, but it’s an interesting feature nonetheless.
Another added visual feature is the one found in the main menu and in various submenus: the screen is divided into two halves with the menu items on the left and a preview of the contents of that menu (music, podcast, playlists). playback, artists, etc) in the other half. When you select a category related to music, photography or video, the iPod uses the album art, videos or photos, in that category for the right half, and you will even see a scrolling effect in the style of “Ken Burns ”. (Does this mean that new iPods will no longer have an option in iTunes to not sync covers? We will find out when iPods hit stores this weekend.) Once you leave the list of options, however, the split screen will be replaced by a full screen listing that makes longer names easier to read. You also get a similar preview when browsing the Extras menu; An image of the selected item appears (for example Calendar or Clock), and when you select the extra you will go to the full screen of said Extra. (Extras also offer more attractive visuals on new iPod models.)
The new iPod software also includes a long-requested feature for video playback: subtitles. With this option activated, you can play the video that includes subtitle information and the text will appear on the screen. I have not been able to see this feature in action during my limited experience with the newer iPods, although we will offer this