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New iPod Nano Retains FM

Apple’s newest version of its player also continues iTunes Tagging

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Apple unveiled its newest version of the iPod Nano. It retains the FM radio feature with iTunes Tagging and RDS capability.

The technology developer has replaced the click wheel with a “multi-touch interface”; that’s how it was able to reduce the overall size to roughly 1-1/2-inch square, according to Apple’s announcement.

The company says the battery in the new Nano can retain a charge for up to 24 hours. The live pause feature allows users to rewind up to 15 minutes or fast-forward to catch up to the live broadcast.

The new iPod Nano will be available next week for a list price of $149 for the 8 GB model and $179 for the 16 GB model. Both models are available in silver, graphite, blue, green, orange and pink through the Apple Store and Apple authorized resellers.

Apple also introduced a new iPod Touch that includes more features — but no radio.

We’ve reported that iBiquity Digital has been talking to Apple for a while about including HD Radio in its devices; CEO Bob Struble recently told Radio World that those talks continue.

Apple also announced the “Ping” music-based social networking feature for the iTunes 10.

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