We were informed that updates to iTunes and the iPod line would be coming thanks to a leak. That leak was correct as Apple just announced some changes coming to both products.
Apple's Eddy Cue took the stage today to share the news that iTunes is now available in 63 countries around the world. They have found, however, that over two-thirds of all purchases come from iOS. In response, they redesigned iTunes from the ground up for iOS. It now has a streamlined look with a Facebook like button integrated into every entry. iOS device owners will be able to get their hands on the new iTunes on September 19, alongside iOS 6.
But what about the one-third of consumers who still buy iTunes music from the desktop? Apple has completely redesigned that as well to accomodate the 200 million users who are using iTunes in the cloud. The redesign puts prominence on ease of use with albums now expanding into a full store page into of taking you to a separate page altogether. They also have made it possible for artists to share pictures with fans through iTunes.
Apple has built a new mini-player for iTunes that unobtrusive and easy to manage. With the click of a button, it's back to the full screen presence that you know and love.
Apple moved on to the iPod and gave us an update on current sales figures. The company has so far sold over 350 million iPods since the device's introduction. Today, they're announcing updates to some of the devices in the line. First up is the iPod Nano. It looks like a tiny iPhone.
The iPod Nano will come in seven different colors. Video will be returning to the device with a wide screen display. It features a home button when users can access all the features of the iPod Nano from easy place. Due to requests, Apple has also integrated bluetooth into the iPod Nano.
Moving on, Apple announced the 5th generation iPod Touch. They claim it's the best iPod Touch ever made. It's only 6.1mm thin and only weighs 88 grams. It features the same screen size and resolution as the iPhone 5. It's not using the iPhone 5's processor, however, as they're brining the last-gen A5 chip to the iPod Touch.
The new iPod Touch has had its battery upgrade as well. It promises 40 hours of continuous music playback. The camera in the iPod Touch is also receiving a substantial upgrade with the iSight Camera. It features a 5MP sensor, backside illumination and a five-element lens. The new camera is complimented by iPhoto now being available for the newest iPod Touch.
Apple announced the iPod Touch Loop. It's a small bracelet that connects to the iPod Touch so that young children don't drop the device.
In even bigger news, the iPod Touch now has Siri. It's only available to the 5th generation iPod Touch but that's kind of a big deal. It's the only device aside from the iPhone to feature Siri. The iPad must be pretty sad now.
You'll be able to get your hands on the new iPod Touch and Nano in October. The Nano will cost $149 and a 32GB iPod Touch 5th Gen will go for $299.[Image Source: The Verge]