What more can be said about the iPod? It’d be considered a mere pop icon were it not for the fact that it’s actually a very capable piece of technology.
At the top of the range is the ‘vanilla’ iPod, available in black and white, and comes in 30 GB and 60 GB models (around 7,500 and 15,000 songs respectively). It’s thinner and lighter than previous generations, and also has a full-colour 2.5-inch (6.35 cm) LCD screen for watching videos and television downloaded from the iTunes Music Store.
The next step down is the smaller iPod nano. Unlike its bigger brethren, it has solid-state storage rather than a hard disk, and comes in 1 GB (240 songs), 2 GB (500 songs) and 4 GB (1,000 songs) flavours.
At the bottom end of the scale is the diminutive iPod shuffle. This chewing gum-packet sized device stores 512 MB (120 songs) or 1 GB (240 songs), and has no screen. It’s also the cheapest of the iPod range, with the 512-MB version costing less than A$100.
It’s the original, and still the funkiest, portable audio player around.