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Summary of Today’s Apple Media Event

The new iPod Nano

The new iPod Nano

I’m sure you can go anywhere on the web for the nitty-gritty details and discussion about every last word said at Apple’s media event held today in San Francisco, (and in fact, you might not be able to avoid it.)  So rather than go there, let’s try something new: a quick and easy summary, free of fanboy-dom and man-crushes on Steve Jobs… the event wrapped up moments ago, so here’s what it boiled down to:

– iTunes 8: better accessibility features, smart playlist algorithm “Genius” finds related songs

– iTunes Store: Shows will be available in HD for $2.99, NBC came crawling back

-iPod Nano: adds cover flow display, voice recording feature, 8GB for $149, 16GB for $199

-New Apple brand in ear headphones, sold separately, $79.  Includes remote control for iPods, microphone for voice recording.

-New iPod classic.  Only available from now on in thin form factor.  120GB for $249.

-Revised iPod touch: thinner, small-built in speaker for “casual listening,” also has Genius playlists, more eco-friendly manufacturing, 8GB for $229, 16GB for $299, and 32GB for $399

– Software updates (available Friday) for iPhone & iPod touch.  Better battery life, fewer dropped calls, bug fixes, faster & more reliable iTunes synching

In usual form, you can already pick up all the new products on the Apple store (though the headphones appear to be pre-order, they say “coming soon”).  The store was off-line during the talk, but just came back up.  No sign of iTunes 8 on software update just yet.