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Our readers may not remember this as vividly as the iPhone 5 announcement, but Apple announced major revisions to two of their most popular iPods – the iPod touch and iPod nano – at their media event a few weeks ago.

Interested folks who ordered one of these iPods will now be glad to know that it has been launched!

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Yes, that’s right! Both iPods can now be bought from stores. If you ordered a unit, it has either already shipped out or will be in the next few hours or days.

After a no-show in 2011, the fifth generation iPod touch features some pretty significant new features. Besides coming with a fresh new super thin and light design with bright, eye-catching colors, the new iPod touch comes with the same 4-inch 1136 x 640 Retina display that is on the iPhone 5, the same dual core chip that powers the iPhone 4S, and a 5 megapixel camera that can capture Full HD 1080p video.

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The other iPod that was announced – iPod nano – comes with an overhauled design that looks like a smaller iPod touch with its home button, multi-touch display and iOS Springboard-like launcher. It can also play videos, work over Bluetooth 4.0 and tune in to FM radio. It’s a welcome change from the previous iPod nano!

Both iPods come with Apple’s all new EarPods in-ear earphones that are getting good reviews from critics. The slimmer designs are made possible by the new Lightning connector that is slimmer, smaller and reversible.

The fifth generation iPod touch comes in two storage configurations 32GB / 64GB for $299 / $399 (respectively). It comes in six colors – gray, white, pink, yellow and blue along with a special ProductRED color* buying which will result in a portion of the proceeds going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. The previous generation iPod touch is also available in 16GB / 32GB configurations for $199 and $249 respectively.

iPod nano comes with only one storage option – 16GB – and costs $149. In addition to the colors mentioned above, it can be bought in purple and green.

If you want the iPhone’s apps, games, music / video player, camera etc. but don’t want, you know, the phone part, you should definitely get the iPod touch. It’s an excellent way to experience the iOS ecosystem without making a big investment.

*Exclusive to the Apple Store; not available online.

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