Feeds

Apple cuts iPod Shuffle prices, debuts 1GB Nano

Still no explanation of Nano capacity inflation phenomenon

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Apple has begun shipping the much-rumoured 1GB iPod Nano, pitching the new product as the "affordable" entry into the Nano line-up. The company also slashed the iPod Shuffle family's prices.

The 1GB Nano, which goes on sale today in the customary black and white versions, will retail for £109 in the UK and $149 in the US. The 512MB Shuffle now costs £49/$69, while the 1GB model - not, it seems, to be ousted by the new Nano - costs £69/$99. Neither model appears to sport the anticipated redesign.

The 2GB and 4GB Nanos remain priced at £139/$199 and £179/$249, respectively.

Apple said the 1GB Nano can hold 240 four-minute 128Kbps AAC tracks, the same as the 1GB Shuffle. What it didn't explain, however, was how the 2GB device can hold 500 songs formatted the same way. In other words, that 100 per cent extra capacity can hold 108 per cent more songs. The 4GB Nano, which is said to hold a 1000 songs - the same number as the original, 5GB iPod - holds 1000 tracks, double the number held by the 2GB Nano but well over four times' the number the 1GB Nano can take.

Apple stressed that the new Nano, like the other members of the line-up, ships with a case, the better to protect its colour display from unwanted scratches.

Last week, UBS Investment Research analyst Ben Reitzes forecast the arrival of the 1GB iPod Nano, but it's a product that has been rumoured to be in Apple's pipeline since December 2005. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD to DIE, and this is WHY
Apple, er, couldn’t get the parts for HDD models
Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2
New iPads look a lot like the old one. There's a reason for that
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring
Back to driving's basics with a joyously legal high
Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes
Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.