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Apple unveils cut-price iPod nano
Apple's Steve Jobs with the iPod nano
The iPod nano sold in vast quantities when first released in 2005
Apple has introduced a new version of its iPod nano with a smaller capacity of one gigabyte, enough for 240 songs.

The move is the latest tweak to the company's evolving iPod line-up, and means the ultra-slim nano now comes in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB sizes.

The 1GB nano will sell for 109 in the UK, with the 2GB model at 139 and the 4GB version priced at 179.

Apple has also cut the price of its iPod Shuffle range which also uses flash memory to store tracks.

The 512MB iPod shuffle will now retail for 49 in the UK, with a 1GB version selling for 69.

The company said it had changed the structure and pricing at the lower end of its iPod family to make the popular music players more affordable.

Apple has sold some 42 million iPods since the first model was launched in October 2001.

Nano woes

The iPod nano is the slimmest of the company's range of iPods, at just 6.9mm, but can still hold a selection of music, digital photographs or other recordings.

Like the larger iPod, which comes in 30GB and 60GB sizes and can now handle video playback, the nano features a colour screen.

However, the nano ran into controversy after its launch last year when an early purchaser complained that the screen was easily cracked and became unusable.

Apple apologised and replaced defective units, but one American consumer did launch legal action against the company.

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