Sep 07

Apple today announced the iPod nano, a new flash-based music player with a color screen that is thinner than a #2 pencil. The iPod nano features an lightweight design with Apple’s Click Wheel and the ability to hold 1,000 songs or 25,000 photos. The iPod nano is available immediately in a 4GB model priced at $249 and a 2GB model for $199, with both models available in white or black designs.

Motorola and Apple today announced the availability of the world’s first mobile phone with iTunes, enabling the transfer up to 100 songs from iTunes jukebox on a Mac or PC to the mobile phone. The Motorola ROKR features easy-to-use menus, simple navigation and playback, and the ability to simply switch from listening to music to talking on the phone and back again with the push of a dedicated music key.

Along with the iPod nano and ROKR, Apple has released iTunes 5, available today. ITunes 5 includes a new Search Bar to make it even easier for users to find what they’re searching for; the ability to organize playlists into folders; Smart Shuffle, which lets the user change the “randomness” of shuffled songs; and the ability for Windows users to automatically sync contacts and calendars from Outlook onto their iPods.

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