Engadget is providing live, blow-by-blow coverage of Apple's "It's Only Rock And Roll" product announcement at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts. Some of the big news so far:
- Steve Jobs is back, bay-bee!
- OS 3.1 is coming. Features the "Genius" function, which recommends new apps for you based on what you already have.
- 30,000 ringtones — buck twenty-nine each.
- iTunes 9.0 with iPhone App organization
- 30 million iPhones sold, and — amazingly — 20 million iPods.
- A bunch of new games from Ubisoft, Tapulous, and EA, to add to the 21K-plus available in the App Store. (That's five times as many games as the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP — combined!)
- New iPod memory/price points: 8 gigs for US$199, 32 gigs for US$299, and a mind-blowing 64 gigs for US$399. Still like the iPod Classic? It's been bumped to 160 gigs, still US$249.
- iPod Shuffles now have voice responses, new colors, and new pricing as well: US$59 for 2 gigs, US$79 for 4 gigs.
- iPod Nano's now have still/video cameras built in. Apple is directly targeting the Flip-camera market here. Also built it: microphone and speaker, FM radio, and a pedometer. 8GB for $149, 16GB for $179.
- Norah Jones provided live music — if not exactly "rock and roll."