Apple Bumps IPod Classic, Shuffle Models
The iPod classic gains storage capacity -- 160GB of storage space on a tiny hard disk drive, 40GB more than before, for the same price - $249.
The refreshed iPod classic shows that Apple still recognizes a market for the venerable iPod based on the original iPod's industrial design, eight years later.
It's also an indication that flash media storage space continues to be too high-priced compared to the highly portable hard drive Apple continues to use in the iPod classic design.
Physically unchanged from before, the 2009 iPod shuffle comes in new colors: black, silver, pink, green, and blue. The iPod shuffle comes in 2GB and 4GB capacity for $59 and $79, respectively. A new "special edition" 4GB model made of polished stainless steel will set you back $99.
Answering critics of the previous iPod shuffle design which moved the shuffle control on to the cord, Apple says that it's working with third-party headphone makers to integrate the controls into their designs as well, and that adapters are also available with more on the way.