Apple Drops iPod Prices Ahead of Media Event

Apple quietly lowered the prices for the iPod touch, iPod classic and iPod nano Wednesday morning ahead of the company's "It's Only Rock and Roll" media event.

The iPod touch line up, originally starting at US$229, was reduced to $189 for the 8GB model, $249 for the 16GB model, and $279 for the 32GB model.

The iPod classic price dropped $20 from $249 to $229. iPod nano pricing dropped from $149 to $129 for the 8GB model, and the 16GB model dropped to $149.

Apple will be hosting a special media event at 10AM pacific time on Wednesday, September 9, where the company is expected to introduce new iPod models.

Apple has previously used special media events in September to introduce updates to the iPod line, and this time around the rumor mill is saying we can expect to see models with built-in cameras. Many are also hoping for an announcement that The Beatles digitally remastered albums will make an appearance at the iTunes Store because the date also marks the album collection's release along with the launch of The Beatles Rock Band expansion pack.

Staying true to form, Apple has been tight lipped about the event. So far the only hint that new iPods could be on the way comes in the form of a dancing woman holding an iPod on the media event invitation.

Be sure to check in with TMO for our live event coverage and follow up analysis.

[Thanks to TUAW for the heads up.]