Apple has quietly added a $229, base-level iPod Touch to its lineup. It shares several of the features found in the fifth-generation 32- and 64-gigabyte models that sell for $299 and $399, respectively, while stripping a couple features out.
For starters, the $229 iPod Touch features 16 gigabytes of storage, is available in only one color, and loses both the rear-facing 1080p camera and the iPod Touch loop that’s used to attach a wrist lanyard.
All the other features appear to have stayed the same, however. Most importantly, it’s got the same four-inch Retina display as the more expensive models and the front-facing 720p camera. Battery life is the same as well.
This latest iPod model somewhat fills the price chasm between the $149 iPod Nano and the $249 iPod Classic. It’d be nice to see a $199 offering in the latest-generation iPod lineup, but those Retina displays ain’t cheap. Perhaps that’s where the $199 iPhone 5 is supposed to fit in – assuming you’re game for a two-year contract and a monthly service plan.