The announcement, on October 25, 2010 that Sony would be discontinuing the production of Walkmans was met by a lot of nostalgia and surprise. Some people had already thought the Walkman was dead. To be honest, I wouldn’t blame them for thinking that way especially with how digital music players, namely the iPod, have taken over our world. In fact, many lists highlighted the iPod as the invention that changed the world of music in the 2000s. I, for one, am going to miss the Walkman.
I even wrote a long post for this during the summer about my affinity for the tech stuff I used growing up. You can find it here. Both items are considered to be revolutionary in terms of how we listen to our music and have shaped the music industry and the definition of what songs are hits or flops. Since the introduction of the iPod, for example, the biggest indicator has become the download rate for a song or how many copies an album sells on iTunes.
Still the Walkman did leave its impact on the world, giving music enthusiasts a chance to take their music with them wherever they went.
This does not mean, however, that we should be in mourning. This is because Apple have unveiled the newest generations of iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod touch, and they look amazing. It’s hard to imagine that they have only been around for 9 years, because it sure feels like forever.
Here are the changes that Apple have made to their products:
iPod shuffle 4th Generation:
- Adopting the design of the second generation, enlarging the controls by around 18% (This is a great step considering how ugly and impractical the 3rd gen model was).
- Adopting the clip feature from the second generation.
- Bringing back the on/off and shuffle options from the 1st generation.
- Adding a button for the VoiceOver option.
- VoiceOver available in 25 languages.
- Introducing the playlist option, something that has been present in the rest of the iPods since their launch.
- Increasing battery life to 15 hours.
- Introducing Genius (which I don’t think works in Lebanon)
- Keeping the memory at 2GB. No news if Apple plans to release a 4GB one in the near future.
- Available colors: Silver, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink.
iPod Nano 6th Generation
- Introducing the Multi-touch feature
- Removing the click wheel
- Removing camera, video playback, and voice recorder
- Reducing the dimensions by 46% so the display is around 1.5 inches now
- Increasing the resolution to 240×240 pixels
- Adopting the clip from the 2nd generation iPod shuffle
- Keeping the FM radio option with a live pause option
- Battery life is 24 hours
- Introducing the “shake to shuffle” option
- Introducing VoiceOver
- Memory: 8 or 16 GB
- Colors: Silver, Graphite, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink
You can find more about the models (and specifically the iPod touch) on Apple’s website