Quick News on iPods, the Web and on the Streets

Today was the first day of the Apple Expo in Europe, Paris to be exact. I was hop­ing that Steve Jobs would be announc­ing the new “Core 2 Duo”-based Mac­books. But alas, that spec­u­la­tion wasn’t even close.

His announce­ment weighed more heav­ily in the release of prod­ucts from the iPod fam­ily, then the release of iTunes 7. Here’s the break­down of the new fea­tures per iPod fam­ily member:

iPod:

  • 60% brighter display
  • 75% longer video bat­tery life
  • Gap­less playback
  • Excit­ing new games
  • Search and Quick Scrolling
  • New head­phones
  • $249 for 30GB
  • $349 for 80GB

iPod Nano, 2nd Generation:

  • Made of thin­ner aluminum
  • Col­ors of blue, pink, green, sil­ver and black
  • 40% brighter display
  • 24 hour bat­tery life
  • Gap­less playback
  • Search and Quick Scrolling
  • New head­phones
  • $149 for 2GB (sil­ver), $199 for 4GB (blue, pink, green and sil­ver) and $249 for 8GB (black)

iPod Shuf­fle, 2nd Generation:

  • World’s small­est MP3 player
  • Alu­minum case with clip
  • 1GB — up to 240 songs
  • 12 hour bat­tery life
  • USB 2.0
  • Dock & ear­buds included
  • $79

I’m eye­ing that Shuf­fle for $79. Seems rea­son­able and func­tional if you play sports; espe­cially when you run a lot.

Any­ways, besides Mr. Jobs announce­ment, a cou­ple of the MA folks and I will be attend­ing Car­son Workshop’s Sum­mit: The Future of Web Apps tomor­row and Thurs­day. Should be some inter­est­ing and excit­ing time. It’s just too bad I don’t have a Mac­book (yet) so I can look as cool as those tech­f­reaks attend­ing. Oh well, I hope this Dell Lat­i­tude loaner can do the job of writ­ing notes and check­ing email.

The Future of Web Apps

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