Looks like the rumors were right. Apple released new iPods yesterday, with the biggest change being to the iPod Nano. Gizmodo has the review, including lots of photos.
Besides the new shape, one of the biggest changes is the addition of an accelerometer which allows the device to tell if you have it in portrait or landscape orientation. A cool feature is that you can shake the Nano and it will automatically play a new song. I can see that being simultaneously fun and annoying.
Here is a video showing some of the new features:
Apple also consolidated the hard drive iPod line to only one model with 120 GB, selling for $249. The 160 GB model has been discontinued -- probably as an incremental approach towards eventually making all iPods using exclusively flash based memory.
In an attempt to steal some of Apple's thunder, Microsoft chose yesterday to also announce new models for the Zune. The specs and prices look surprisingly familiar:
- 4 GB: $129.99
- 8 GB: $149.99
- 16 GB: $199.99
- 80 GB: $229.99
- 120 GB: $249.99
P.S. -- Here's how the size of the new Nano compares to older Nanos.