New iPods

Apple’s new iPods are out and they’ve increased the gap vs. the competition, according to this WSJ review. Some highlights:

  • The low-end ($299) model holds 10GB, or 2,500 songs. This is 50% more storage capacity for the same price.
  • Other models: 15GB for $399 and 30GB for $499.
  • One iPod version for both Macs and Windows PCs — software is provided for both.
  • Thinner and lighter.
  • Standard Firewire (1394) cable and an optional USB 2.0 cable.
  • Improvement to an already excellent user interface.
  • File compatibility with Apple’s AAC and more common MP3 compression formats.
  • One downside: reduced battery life — 7.5 hours vs. 10-12 hours for old models.

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