Cupertino, CA - Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced yesterday at the
Worldwide Developer Conference what he claims to be the world's fastest
personal portable digital music player.
fourth-generation iPod comes in the same case as the third-generation
iPod, released just about two months ago, but with radically redesigned
software. The new iPod plays MP3 and AAC files from two times (the
$499 model) to a shocking five times (the $599 model) faster than
any other digital music player in the world, according to Jobs. The
new iPods do not, however, allow users to adjust the music playing
Developers at the conference were treated with a demonstration where
they heard an AAC file played on the new iPod compared to one played
on the third-generation iPod, and the fourth-generation iPod played
the music file in 1/5 the time it took for the third-generation iPod
to play it, as promised. The demonstration was followed by thunderous
clapping and cheering.
Jobs declared that this new iPod heralded a new era of music where
people could listen to music more quickly and efficiently. "In
today's fast paced society," Jobs lamented, "we can no
longer be slowed down by the music we listen to."
"This is awesome," declared one iPod user, "Now all
my music is going to sound like speed metal!"
The new iPods all come with a 20GB hard drive and are available
in three models, the $499 model capable of playing back music two
times faster, the $549 model capable of playing back music three
times faster, and the $599 model capable of playing back music five
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