20GB iPod now with colour

20GB iPod now with colour

Apple's 20GB iPod is now available with a colour screen.

The company has dropped the 30GB version of the iPod from its range and is now offering 20GB and 60GB versions. This means that all white iPods now include colour screens and are equipped to play photo slideshows. The U2 Special Edition iPod has not missed out on the update -- that black-and-red iPod also now features a color screen.

Apple's vice president of iPod Product Marketing Greg Joswiak said: "iPod customers love to enhance their listening experience with colour. By simplifying our iPod lineup to include 20GB and 60GB models with colour screens and the new Podcast menu, iPod and iTunes provide the world's easiest and appealing way to discover, subscribe, manage and listen to Podcasts."

Both white iPods will now offer 15-hours of battery life, according to Apple. The 20GB iPods previously only offered 12-hours of power.

The iPods will also offer an easy to use Podcast menu, including bookmarking within a Podcast and the ability to display Podcast artwork in color. Apple also announced a new version of iTunes with Podcasting features.

Apple has removed the Firewire cable from the 20GB iPod, meaning that the range of iPods no longer comes with a Firewire cable. Mac users who prefer Firewire -- much hyped by Apple in the past -- can buy a Firewire cable separately.

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