With fall just around the corner, Apple is expected to refresh its entire iPod lineup, per tradition. Of course, we’ve yet to see whether the company choose to announce new models at next week’s event related to the next iPhone or during a rumored October unveiling of mini iPad or perhaps at a separate media event.

Now, a new report out this morning offers a bunch of interesting tidbits regarding the direction the venerable iPod brand may be taking in 2012. The crux of the story includes a tweaked iPod shuffle, new iPod nano, and new iPod touches and here are the details…

The usually credible teen blogging phenom Mark Gurman writes in a post over at 9to5Mac that the new iPod nano will come in eight colors, adding:

The new iPod nano is said to have a completely new codename from last year’s model, which may point to some design and internal changes.

The flagship 16GB iPod nano costs $169 and Gurman believes price points won’t change.

Coincidentally or not, iPod nanos dry up at Best Buy.

With respect to what’s on tap for the nano, a recent report by the pretty accurate Japanese blog Macotakara described an allegedly upcoming taller iPod nano with WiFi networking for iCoud connectivity, presumably to stream music on-demand.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Apple is working on a music streaming service akin to Pandora or Spotify (and the fashionably late New York Times concurs).

As for the iPod shuffle, Appe’s most affordable iPod, it should remain at or around the current $49 price point, Gurman claims.

We’re currently unsure of capacity. We’re also told that the changes to this new iPod shuffle will not be major changes. We’re also told that the new iPod shuffle will come in eight colors.

As you know, the current colorful iPod shuffle lineup is offered in five colors.

The fourth-generation iPod touch is up for a revamp as it’s based on a two-year old design from 2010.

For this year, though, we’re hearing that Apple will retain the fourth generation design for the entry-level iPod touch configuration, and redesign the two higher priced models.

This is expected and in line with Apple’s practice of keeping the previous-generation iPhone model on the market at reduced price points (expect this to happen to the iPhone 4S when the next iPhone 5 goes official next week).

This new entry level configuration is said to be tweaked. We’re not sure what this tweak refers to, but we speculate that it has to do with a either (or a combination of) a smaller dock connector, new packaging/iOS 6 pre-installed, or a bump in the base storage capacity configuration.

He’s also hearing whispers of new iPod touches at $299 and $399 price points, leading him to speculate these could be redesigned iPod touches that reportedly might come in various colors, which would be a first for the iPod touch family.

An analyst recently opined that the new iPod touch, like the iPhone 5, uses in-cell panel, whose availability is limited in the initial stages, leading him to conclude that “shipments will therefore be hindered”.


iPod touch has become the best-selling iPod model. Though Apple does not break down iPod sales by model, the company acknowledged that “about or above 50 percent” of iPods are iPod touches.

Basically an iPhone without the phone part, the touch is the perfect App Store machine for the youngsters and their parents unwilling to commit their soul to a lengthy contract with their carrier.

iOS product installed base ramp, courtesy of Asymco

iPod sales have been on the continuous decline ever since Apple launched the original iPhone fiver years ago. Though pundits have saying that Apple will axe the iPod classic, its most capacious iPod, because it’s based on last-century hard-drive technology, the $249 160GB music player remains in Apple’s offering to this date.

We ran a little poll recently, asking you if Apple will be unveiling the new iPod lineup alongside the iPhone 5 next Wednesday and nearly 42 percent of respondents voted “YES”.

Time for another poll: do you think the iPod has run its course?

Per usual, you’re more than welcome to comment on the situation down in the comments.

  • iPod touch is still pretty nice and is a lot cheaper for people who don’t want a contract but still want an iphone like experience

    • That is the exact reason why I got mine. It was my first iOS device and after falling in love with it, I decided to upgrade to an iPhone.
      Doing anything but refreshing the iPod touch line would be a pretty bad move.

      • Wow! I was the same. Except got the first gen iPod without realising they released the new one a week later!

    • It’s also the price of most low-range smartphones.

  • I know that the first render concept has been out for a while, but Am I the only one who thinks that the new Nokia Lumia looks incredibly similar to that concept?

    • It does, but the Lumia kinda goes down from the screen on every side, not just the left and the right. It’s an odd design.

  • Again, I am mentioning the iPod classic, wishing for a new model as well.

  • Is it just me, or do the iPods in the top image look very similar to a Zune? My sister has that ancient technology and her’s looks very similar.

    I feel a lawsuit coming… haha

  • the ipod touch should be updated with a 4 inch screen and some better internals and all the other ipods should be scrapped. i do like the others but i dont see the point in them and personally i will soon be switching to a 7 inch tablet because it still fits in my pocket but it has a nice screen size.

  • Wow again another poll in which there’s not normal answer.
    *Takes a look at the author of the article*
    Ahh Christian, I knew it..

    • haha yea. i really did wanted to respond to the poll but the answers were very specific and not the general no, yes, etc.

  • I hope they make a 16 GB iTouch, I don’t really get why there isn’t one. And they should get rid of the 8GB version.

  • Jeremy Spencer

    They still need iPod Touches for schools and kids that don’t want a phone. Imagine at schools having iPhones, or kids having to pay another $300 for an iPhone but they wont have a contract because they don’t want an iPhone they just want iPhone features with no monthly bills.

  • As long as they keep the ipod nano as a semi/smart watch all is good

  • refresh with a5 dual core ipod 4 inch screen fm radio siri

  • Dlevi309

    i just want an ipod touch upgrade….needs more ram

  • The only reason I hate my iPod Touch, is because Apple made it in 2010. Now I can’t run a single program of 2012 without any lag or waiting for it to load (usually a few minutes). At least I have the new iPad to play newer games and such until Apple gives the iPod Touch an upgrade.

  • Cant wait to have an iPod touch.l..Love my iPod touch..I

  • Jamal Qurban

    Just thought I would say, there is a spelling mistake on the 6th and 9th line before the picture of the iPod Nano. (Apple and iCloud) 🙂