apple updates 5G iPod
September 12, 2006
No, it’s not that “video iPod” that we were all hoping for. Instead, Apple has bumped the specs on its aging fifth-generation iPod, giving the top model 80GB of storage at the same thickness, increasing the display brightness by “60%,” including long-requested gapless playback, and of course adding full compatibility with the new iTunes 7 (more on that here). You can also amuse yourself with an expanded selection of games, including old favorites Bejeweled, Pac-man, and Tetris with more availabe via iTunes for $5 each. Finally, both models cost $50 less than before, at $249 for the 30GB and $349 for the new 80GB. The new iPod ships within “1-3 business days.”
It’s not really a new generation, more like a stopgap until, I expect, a redesigned iPod release in January during MacWorld San Francisco. In the meantime, let the yawning begin.
–D. S. W.