New iPod specs revealed?

Look out for new iPods later today.
Look out for new iPods later today. (Image credit: Image courtesy of Apple)

Apple's Let's Rock event, which Steve Jobs is expected to use as the launch platform for a new range of iPods, kicks off in just a few hours time. However, internet rumour-mongers have already posted what they believe are the new players' main specifications.

Various Apple rumour sites are suggesting that the new iPod nano will revert to the tall design of the original model, but come with a larger screen. It's expected to be available in nine different colours and 8GB/16GB sizes.

Capacities of the iPod touch, meanwhile, are predicted to remain at 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, though the design may change slightly. The feature set could add some of the functionality of the new iPhone and the price is almost certain to fall.

There's no word on what will happen to the classic and shuffle iPod models, but on the software side, iTunes 8 should arrive with its Genius playlist functionality.

It looks like the hotly-anticipated new MacBooks won't be revealed today, but there is a slim chance that an Apple tablet computer, which is rumoured to have been in the works for years, could surface. MusicRadar would be surprised to see it at this event, but we can dream.

Oh, and we're less confident than we were that The Beatles' back catalogue is about to be put on iTunes. This isn't to say that it's not going to happen, but it might not happen today.

We'll be back later tonight with a full report on the Let's Rock event. See you about 7pm GMT. Fingers crossed on that tablet…

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.