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Apple renames video iPod the "iPod classic," increases capacity

As part of its announcements Wednesday, Apple renamed its flagship video iPod the "iPod classic" and introduced new models featuring 80GB or 160GB of storage, respectively.

The iPod classic holds your entire collection of music, photos, video, podcasts and games-up to 40,000 songs or 200 hours of video, the company said. Now in its sixth generation, the players deliver all the features customers love about their iPods, plus an enhanced user interface featuring Cover Flow and a new all-metal enclosure.

"The first iPod put 1,000 songs in your pocket-this new iPod classic can put 40,000 songs in your pocket," said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. "With a thinner, all-metal enclosure and an enhanced user interface, the iPod classic is ideal for people who want to hold everything on their iPod."

The new iPod classic holds up to 160GB of storage in an all-metal anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel enclosure. It interfaces seamlessly with iTunes so you can import, manage and then easily sync your favorite content. You can also buy music, video and games for your iPod classic from the iTunes Store with more than six million songs available for preview and one-click purchase.

The new iPod classic features up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback in the 160GB model, and up to 30 hours of music playback and five hours of video playback in the 80GB model on a single charge. iPod classic is priced at just $249 for the 80GB model and $349 for the 160GB model.

iPod classic


Like the new iPod nano also introduced Wednesday, the new iPod classic is ideal for playing iPod games and comes pre-loaded with iQuiz, the entertainment trivia game; Vortex, a fast-paced 360 degree brick-bashing game; and Klondike, the popular solitaire card game.

Apple says additional games will be available for purchase for the new iPod classic later this month from the iTunes Store, including Sudoku and Tetris from Electronic Arts and Ms. PAC-MAN from NAMCO.

iPod classic


Pricing & Availability

Both iPod classic models are available immediately worldwide in silver and black. The 80GB iPod classic model is $249 (US) and the 160GB iPod classic is $349 (US).

iPod classic requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later and iTunes 7.4; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 2) or later and iTunes 7.4.