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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 5, 2007 at 12:26 PM

Apple news: The cheatsheet

iPhone: The price was cut $200. It’s now $399 for an 8 gigabyte model, down from $599. That was quick; must not have been selling as fast as expected.

iPod touch: A new model based on the iPhone design was released. It has Wi-Fi and touchscreen controls. A 16 gigabyte model costs $399 and an 8 gig model is $299.

iPod classic: There’s more capacity for the “standard” model with a new 160 gig version now available for $349. The 80 gig model gets a price cut, to $249. Microsoft better hurry up and release the new Zunes, because its 30 gig model seems puny now.

iPod nano: A new model with video playback on a larger, two-inch screen and the “coverflow” interface for scrolling through songs via album art. Also five new colors; 4 gigs for $149 and 8 gigs for $199.

iPod shuffle: Four new colors.

Ringtones: Apple is finally selling ringtones, joining the crowd. A bunch of songs on iTunes can now be used as ringtones, if you pay an additional 99 cents when you buy them. If you already bought a song that’s ringtonable, you can pay 99 cents to make it a tone.

Wi-Fi iTunes: When your iPod or iPhone is connected via Wi-Fi, you can directly purchase music from Apple’s online store instead of having to connect via a computer.

Starbucks: Wi-Fi iPods and laptops running iTunes will display a Starbucks button when you’re logged on in the stores. You can then see information about songs that are playing in the store and purchase them with a click. Starbucks already had a deal to distribute music via iTunes; this adds the wireless capability.

I wonder how long it will take for other retailers and venues will add buttons to iTunes and wireless iPods, so you can buy what you’re hearing. I’ll bet Pottery Barn and Banana Republic will be next.

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