Age of the iPod
Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 11:55 p.m.
Reaching further into living rooms, Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday introduced a speaker system for its iPod music players and a revamped Mac Mini computer that will let users access music, video and photos across their home networks.
The new Mac Mini also includes Apple's Front Row software, already found on the newest iMacs, so users can connect it to their televisions and control their music, videos or photos with a remote control from across the room.
An added feature of the Front Row software will let users locate and share media content from other computers within a local wireless network. This means a user can play songs or stored TV shows that are pulled off a computer in another room in the house.
The new Mac Mini looks much like its previous incarnations but is the first to include Intel Corp. chips. The $599 model that has a single-core chip operates up to three times faster than its predecessor. A higher-end, $799 model has two computing engines in one processor that that runs about five times faster, according to Apple.
With the iPod Hi-Fi system - priced at $349 - users can dock their portable players into the speakers and use a remote control to operate it from afar. That means there's no longer a need for a cabinet full of CDs, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said during a presentation at company headquarters.
"It's home stereo reinvented for the iPod age," he said.
All the products are available now.
Shares of Apple fell $2.02, or 2.85 percent, to $68.97, in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
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