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New iPod Touch, iPod nano make fashion statements

The new models of the iPod Touch and the iPod nano are cheaper, but they’re also pushing to be your next fashion statement.

Apple unveiled new pricing structures for its Touch and nano lines, and added some jazzier features that can make them accessories as well as music players.

The iPod Touch, as always, is the best option for those who want most of the functionality of an iPhone without the contractual obligations that come with it. And now it comes in white, which should be good news for consumers who’ve been clamoring for alittle more variety. The new Touch — $199 for 8GB, $299 for 32 GB and $399 for 64GB — ships on Oct. 12.

For even more variety, Apple’s redesigned iPod nanos are aiming to capi­tal­ize on the trend of people wearing small iPods as watches. The company introduced 16 watch faces for the player, including the classic Mickey Mouse (and Minnie Mouse!) clock face. The 1.5-inch device also has built-in exercise monitoring software from Nike+, which will track your workout, check your progress and which has an accelerometer that will track your steps. It will cost $129 for 8GB and $149 for 16 GB.

The new iPods will work with iCloud’s suite of apps to sync music, documents and photos across all its devices.

For those who want a player for music and only music, don’t fret. Despite rumors to the contrary, Apple is continuing to sell non-iOS iPods — the iPod Classic will still give you 160 GB of storage for $249, and the iPod shuffle holds steady at $49 for 2GB.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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