Apple iPod touch

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Apple iPod touch

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Apple unveiled the iPod touch, essentially a "phoneless" iPhone featuring all that glorious iPhone multi-touch UI functionality but without the AT&T contract. :)  The iPod touch features WiFi wireless connectivity which not only lets you browse the web using its built-in Safari browser, but you can also purchase iTunes on-the-go. And yep, you guessed it, just like the Apple iPhone you can play YouTube videos on the first-ever Wi-Fi iPod. Alas, still no FM tuner damn it!

The iPod touch measures just 8mm wide and has a 3.5 inch widescreen touchscreen display. If fact, the touchscreen features the same multi-touch functionality as the Apple iPhone. Oh glory be! Now with multi-touch functionality you can swipe your finger through your album covers and quickly find the song you're looking for. Apple also announced a deal with Starbucks so when you enter a Starbucks with your iPod touch and you hear the overheard music playing in the Starbucks store, you will see a Starbucks button giving you the option to purchase the music you are hearing.

The iPod touch offers a whopping 22 hours of audio playback or 5 hours of video playback.

The iPod touch will be available in two configurations – an 8GB model for $299, and a 16GB for $399.
If you want to see a demo of the iPod touch in action, click 'Play' below.

Update: (also made a separate post to expound on VoIP/Skype on the iPod touch)
I forgot to mention that since the Apple iPod touch supports the same Safari browser as the iPhone that you can also run AJAX applications. Thus, you can even run a VoIP application such as Skype on the Apple iPod touch using SoonR or IM+ for Skype. Of course, the iPod touch doesn't have a microphone so you can't have 2-way voice. Further, these two Skype for iPhone solutions require a SkypeOut phone call to an actual phone number, i.e. an iPhone's phone number. Unfortunately, the iPod touch doesn't have an inbound phone number. Until a native AJAX VoIP application comes out, you won't be making VoIP calls from the iPod touch. That certainly would be a cool app, especially if it supports SIP to terminate to any SIP service provider. Of course, you will be able to view your Skype buddies' presence info and even initiate instant messaging sessions with them. Hmm, texting IMs from your iPod. Seems so strange.


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