Highlights From Apple’s “It’s Only Rock And Roll” Event

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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."

[Via Engadget]

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