Apple introduces tiny, iPhone-like multitouch iPod nano

During Apple's annual special music event today Steve Jobs introduced a new iPod nano that removes the click wheel and adds a 1.5-inch multitouch screen and an iPhone-like background and set of icons including Music, Genius, FM radio (hey, where's that for iPhone?), Fitness, and iTunes. It also has some interesting new gestures like touch and twist to rotate the screen. (No accelerometer?)

“This is the biggest reinvention of the iPod nano since its debut in 2005, and we think users are going to love it,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Replacing the click wheel with our Multi-Touch interface has enabled us to shrink the iPod nano into an amazingly small design that is instantly wearable with its built-in clip.”

Available in nano chromatic colors. $149 for 8GB $179 for 16GB. They ship next week.

Check out the screen in the shot above and one more afte and let us know what you think!

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Apple introduces tiny, iPhone-like multitouch iPod nano


Looks like our dreams of an iWatch came true after all!! I haven't felt the need to own a nano and my iPhone 4, but now I kinda do!

It's got an FM radio!
Isn't that the last big missing feature for a DAP? Well, FM radio recording, but no one in their right mind would sell that and not get a lawsuit.
Anyways, it's really just an audio player, one with shuffle-esque clip form factor, pedometer and FM radio. Looks like it will be next year when Apple will drive iOS devices to sub 199$ price points.

You know, I don't like it. At all. It just looks so not apple. And they got rid of some of the great features from the previous version. Like the camera and video playing ability. It's a step back in my opinion. Why take away features on newer versions that help sell the previous versions.
I think this device will sell less now.

@Rv :) I never thought it like that. Its so small I automatically did think it was a shuffle concept. Lol I don't care of the features. I just want to use it as a watch!!! Lol jailbreak the nano!

I just want to call this now: EPIC FAIL by apple here. This device is too small. Might as well be a shuffle. and Apple seems to be abandoning those people who like to have physical buttons to press to play, pause, skip, and go back. that is the whole reason I bought a nano to begin with. I cannot use one of the touchscreen devices efficiently to change songs without looking down which is just dangerous when driving. Why did they do this? The thing just looks plain dumb.

No bluetooth? I hate corded headphones! This thing can communicate with my Nikes but not bluetooth headphones! WTF?