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           Apple recently rolled out a slew of updated mp3 players for this holiday season, as well as a massive $200 price drop on the ever popular iPhone.

           The iPod Shuffle has been reinvented with a myriad of new colors. Still sporting a snazzy clip and ultra tiny design, the new shuffle holds up to 240 songs for just under $80.

           Up next is the new version of the most popular music player in history: the iPod Nano. According to Steve Jobs, the iPod Nano is the world’s most popular mp3 player, and the biggest selling product in the lineup. But customers continued to voice concern over the years, particulary harping at Apple to put video capabilities on the nano. Well fans of a video nano don’t have to wait any longer. The new ipod nano for this holiday season sports new colors, a totally new all stainless steel design, and the sharpest video screen Apple has ever put into an ipod. The new nano has full video playback, coverflow, and a brand new enhanced interface for music playback. A super sleek 6.5mm thick, the newly designed nano is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The new iPod Nano comes in both 4gb and 8gb models, reasonably priced at $149 and $199 respectively.

           Apple iPod nano (3G), actual size

           Next in line comes the original iPod that we all know and love. The king of mp3, sultan of sound and icon of the music player universe has not been left in the dust. This time around Apple has decided to not just change the appearance, but the name of their device as well. Instead of simply the iPod, the newly designed ipod will be dubbed the iPod Classic. The new iPod Classic features the same all stainless steel design as the nano, better battery life, an enhanced interface and a much sleeker design than ever before. Thinner and more affordable than its predecessor, the iPod Classic still has all the music, videos and photo features you have come to know and love. The iPod Classic will come in both an 80gb version and whopping 160gb version. That’s right, you can hold nearly 40,000 songs with 160gb of pure music bliss. The new iPod Classic starts at $249 for the 80gb model, and $349 for the massive 160gb version.


          Last but not least comes a completely new device from the minds at Apple. The stylish iPod Touch will also be featured amongst the crowd of redesigned music players. A cross breed between the iPhone and normal iPod, the iPod Touch features all the touch sensitive controls of the iphone, but for a cheaper price. Complete with a huge screen, touch sensitive interface, and wifi capabilities, the iPod Touch definitely stands out. The iPod Touch comes in two models, an 8gb model for $299 and a 16gb model for $399. Although a bit pricy, the iPod Touch may prove to be just the right device for those who don’t need an iphone but still dig the unique control scheme and amazing screen quality.


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                  I recently saw a video of the E3 video game expo 2007 featuring Nintendo guru Miyamoto showcasing the new WiiFit game for the Nintendo Wii. The new kid on the block features a white scale-like balance board that comes with the game itself. The board utilizes wi-fi and sends a signal to your machine which can then read a multitude of your body’s characteristics. As you stand on the board, a display will pop-up showing your BMI (body mass index), posture, and a slew of other stats. The weight feature is only one of over 30 or wiifit_logo1.jpgso activities a player can participate in with the game. There are muscle exercises that utilize the wiimote and actually feature a virtual person on the screen doing the stretch as you do it. From aerobics like stepping exercises to more uniform stretching, the combinaiton of the board and wiimote enable a player to perform an array of different activities usually not associated with video games. Nintendo is going a very interesting route with this new addition. Never before have video games really seen a direct “exercise” game that had broad appeal. (DDR being the closest I can think of.) I think the game will either be a hit or miss for Nintendo, and it will be interesting to see how many adults really utilize the Wii health program. Nintendo has always been known as leaders in innovation and creativity, and it seems they have truly come up with yet another completely original and enticing idea for a video game. We can only wait and see what the future holds for fitness on the Wii.

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