Apple currently sells 4 versions of the iPod (Classic, Touch, Nano, and Shuffle). I am including the price for each version to help you understand the product better, and so you can make relative comparisons for the different versions. I received the prices from the Apple Store at Apple.com.
Ever since the introduction of the iPod in October 2001, Apple has dominated the market for portable media players. As of September 2007, more than 150 million iPods had been sold worldwide. Apple's iPod held a 72.7% market share in January 2007. Obviously, this field is where Apple has been at its best. Throughout high schools and colleges, the new common norm for the term "mp3 player" is the iPod.
Apple is currently selling it's sixth generation of the Classic iPod, and is experimenting with many different types of iPods (Touch, Nano, and Shuffle) to offer alternative options to customers, in an attempt to expand it's market share further.
120GB (approximately 30,000 songs) = $249.00 in Black or White.
Here is a review of the iPod Classic from CNET.com
The iPod Touch is very similar to the iPhone, with the main distinction being that the Touch does not include a telephone service. It is the only iPod to use Apple's patented Multi-Touch software, and includes Wi-Fi capabilities, Apple's Safari browser, and access to Apple's App Store. On September 9th, 2008 Apple introduced its newest version (second generation) of the iPod touch. Here is the link if you would like to read more on this.
The new iPod touch is smaller and lighter than the original, with a sleek new design that features a contoured metal enclosure with integrated volume control buttons and a brilliant 3.5-inch widescreen glass display. With its rounded edges, flush display and curved, more compact design, the new iPod touch is more comfortable to hold and more portable than ever.
The iPod Touch is slimmer and lighter than the iPhone. It lacks some of the iPhone's features: access to any phone network, a microphone, a camera, Bluetooth capability and GPS receiver.1
8GB (approximately 1,750 songs) = $229.00
16GB (approximately 3,500 songs) = $299.00
32GB (approximately 7,000 songs) = $399.00
Here is a review of the iPod Touch from CNET.com.
The iPod Nano is in the midrange of the iPod family, smaller than the Classic and Touch but bigger than the Shuffle. On September 9th, 2008 Apple introduced its newest version (fourth generation) of the iPod Nano. It is offered in 9 different colors. Here is the link if you would like to read more on this.
The new iPod nano—the thinnest iPod ever—features an elegant new design that beautifully blends a brilliant two-inch display with a gorgeous curved aluminum and glass enclosure. The new contoured design fits even more comfortably in your hand.
8GB (2,000 songs) = $149.00
16GB (4,000 songs) = $199.00
This is the current iPod Nano family:
Here is a review of the iPod Nano from CNET.com.
Also, here is a video of Steve Jobs discussing the iPod Nano's new features at an Apple media event this past September.
The iPod Shuffle is the smallest iPod made, and it is also the least expensive. It weighs only 15 grams, and has no display screen. It is also offered in 9 different colors (the same as iPod Nano). The Shuffle was released as a lower-priced alternative, obvious by it's low price of $49.00, compared to the next lowest product (iPod Nano) at $149.00. This product can be seen as "a conscious effort on the part of Apple management to target a lower-end market and increase visibility in the mass-market."2
1GB (approximately 240 songs) = $49.00
2GB (approximately 500 songs) = $69.00
Here is a review of the iPod Shuffle from CNET.com.