Three new products are taking center stage from Apple's music announcement in San Francisco so far today: a new version of iTunes, and new iPod Nano, and a new iPod Touch. Plans have also been confirmed for a long-awaited OS fix for the iPhone, one that promises to repair the host of problems users have seen since the 3G phone's debut.
ITunes 8Steve Jobs' first revelation was the new iTunes 8. The updated program will make songs more accessible with tiled browsing platform that lets you see each track's album cover. It also introduces an option called "Genius," a tool that groups similar songs together into playlists. iTunes 8 will also mark the return of NBC content to the platform.
The New NanoNext, Jobs showed off the new iPod Nano, which -- as expected -- will be the thinnest model ever made by Apple. It boasts a newly curved screen, a new voice recording function, and an updated interface modeled after the iPhone and iPod Touch. The next-generation Nano can also be flipped onto its side for better video viewing. One of the coolest additions, though, is the "shake to shuffle" ability: You literally shake the thing to advance to the next track, courtesy of its built-in accelerometer.
The new Nanos will be available in eight colors. The 8GB version will be $149 and the 16GB version $199. Both should be available within the next week. Apple is also prepping a new line of headphones to go with the players. They'll offer controls right on the cord. The headphones will sell for about $80 and will be available next month.