Yes, it is that time of the year when Apple makes its iPod refresh with the customary Steve Jobs keynote.

There was no announcement of a new over the syncing service with iTunes but there were, a few significant updates.

The iPod Touch

iPod Touch

Probably the star of the show next to the iPod Nano. The iPod Touch is slimmer than the iPhone 4 and boasts Apple’s delectable Retina Display. There are two cameras, one on the front and back with Apple’s FaceTime video calling feature on board. The back camera shoots 720p high definition video and shoots still photos at a resolution of 960×720. The latter is surely a purposeful omission to differentiate the iPod Touch from the iPhone. Wifi b/g/n and Bluetooth are on board. The device is powered by Apple’s A4 chip for that  extra processing grunt.

Audio and video playback time as rated by Apple are 40hrs and 7hrs respectively. Quite a claim but the figures may be lower in real life use.

The device comes in the 8 , 32 and 64 gigabytes(G) of flash memory. It is surprising to see the disappearance of the 16G version and the retention of the 8G version. 64G seems to be a magic limit of flash memory on media players at present. It would have been nice for Apple to push the memory capacity to 128G. Next year perhaps.

The features of the iPod touch make it a very compelling purchase for those who do not wish to own an iPhone. One thing is for sure, there won’t be any antennagate issues with this device.

Watch the brief video run through of the device by Engadget via this link.

The iPod Nano

iPod Nano

The next star of the show. The iPod Nano has got its most radical change after two years of sporting an elongated rectangular design. There was one Nano about 3 years ago which had a square wafer design which was not too much of a hit. Thus far, the common design feature of the device was the trademark Apple click wheel. However, this has changed.

The Nano says goodbye to its click wheel and it is now replaced by a square touchscreen. There are physical buttons at the top of the device for volume control and sleep/wake button. The design is similar to a larger iPod shuffle( the model prior to the outgoing buttonless iPod shuffle). The camera that was present on the outgoing Nano has been dropped. The touchscreen uses multitouch technology and is a simplification of Apple’s iOS. That’s a fair move as a full touchscreen experience would be cumbersome with a very small screen. The device comes in 7 colours and comes with an 8G and 16G flash memory capacity. The presence of a clip and FM Radio makes this an ultraportable device for those on the go.

Watch the brief video run through of the device by Engadget via this link.

The iPod Shuffle

iPod Shuffle

The iPod shuffle goes back to its clip and click wheel design. The previous shuffle which had no physical buttons and relied on the in built device’s ‘Voice Over technology’ was a more of a miss than a hit and inspired many spoof videos.

The Voice Over technology still exists but thankfully, the clickwheel is back. The device comes in 5 colours with one memory variant of 2G.

The iPod classic

iPod Classic

It lives! Yes, the device that started it all is still here, albeit with minimal changes. It comes in two colours- black and silver and has a 160G of hard disc memory.

The iPod classic may probably continue for a few more years before the iPod touch becomes the flagship device in the iPod line. The iPod classic is the cheapest hard drive based player with a massive memory capacity. This device is still the best for those who carry all their tunes and use their digital player as a portable hard drive. It would have been nice of Apple to have increased the memory capacity of this device but this is probably a business decision by Apple.

Apple has made another product update and it shows a clear move in bringing the iOS to more of its key devices. The iPod touch is now a complete media player in the market backed by the iTunes ecosystem. As multitouch makes it way down the iPod line, the click wheel’s days maybe numbered.