Apple has refreshed its iPod range of music players, cutting the price of the popular yuppie accessory.
Tacitly acknowledging that the color iPod Photo was overpriced, Apple lopped $150 off the price of the high end 60GB model, which is now $449 (UK:£309), and replaced the $499 40GB iPod Photo with a 30GB version that's also $150 cheaper (UK:£249). The cheapest 4GB iPod Mini is now $199 (UK:£139), a price cut of $50. It's joined by a 6GB model at the old price of $249 (UK:£169). The UK prices quoted include VAT.
Apple has also fixed two of the biggest weaknesses of the iPod Mini, its battery life and USB power charging. The company claims the new version runs for 18 hours and will now trickle charge over a USB 2.0 cable. Most Mac users have been able to charge their iPods over a FireWire cable since the product was launched; as before, Apple ships a USB 2.0 cable with the Mini but a FireWire connector is an additional purchase.
Apple will also make a cable that allows the iPod Photo to connect directly to a camera, for $19, in around a month's time. ®
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