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With all of the media attention surrounding Apple's new iPad mini and iPhone, it can be easy to overlook the substantial update the company gave to its iPod line this year. You may not know it yet, but the music lover in your life would surely like one of these new mp3 players during the holiday season.

Since these gadgets have cutting edge Apple technology inside, and come in a variety of price points, they make an ideal Christmas present for the family member who gives you the hardest time while you're out buying gifts. Best of all, they don't come with a monthly cell phone bill, which makes them a great value in the long run.

Do you have a teenage niece or nephew that needs a holiday present? You might want to think about getting them an Apple iPod touch. Since it has a camera, iMessage and the capacity for tons of apps in addition to big music storage, it's the perfect gift for a teenager. It comes in a variety of colors too, so you can get his or her favorite.

If you need a gift for someone who loves to work out, look no further than the new and improved Apple iPod nano. This small and light music player is perfect for the avid runner, since it comes with the Nike+ app and radio play, in addition to enough space for 16GB of music. But this new iPod isn't just a runner's friend. It also connects to Bluetooth, holds photos and plays video.

If you want to connect further with your loved one, make a playlist for them and have it loaded onto the iPod when they get it. It's a low-cost gesture they'll really appreciate. Of course, the ultimate Christmas present is a customized laptop designed especially for the special someone you have in mind by the experts at PortableOne. But if you're looking for a big hit this holiday season, Apple's new iPods are a great gift too.

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