At its music-centric "special event" today, Apple revealed new versions of its iPod devices, including an impressive looking iPod Touch with a camera and Game Center integration, as well as Ping, a social networking element that will be available in the next iTunes update.
The top-of-the-line iPod will come in three versions: 8GB for $229, 32GB for $299 and a 64GB $399. They will be available for pre-order today, and will start shipping next week.
The lower-level iPods break down as follows:
The fourth gen Shuffle will cost you $49 bucks and features a click-wheel with no screen, where the new Nano now has a touch-screen, from which you'll be able to navigate your music just like you can on an iPhone. The prices: $149 8GB, $179 16GB version. Coming for holiday season.
iTunes will be changed as well. Apple's Ping functions like Facebook for your music collection, allowing you to keep up with what friends are listening to, discover new music, create profile pages, and post status-update style posts.
iTunes 10 with Ping will be available today.
For a more in-depth discussion of Apple's announcements, make sure you watch Attack of the Show today at 4PM Eastern and Pacific. AOTS's The Loop will feature TechCrunch writer MG Siegler discussing the Apple news and what it means to the industry and you, the consumer.