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Apple Unveils iPod Photo & Special Edition Black iPod

Apple Computer yesterday unveiled two new


: iPod Photo, a color screen version of its popular iPod music player, and a limited-edition black iPod in partnership with rock band U2.

The color model can be used to display photos, either on its own screen or on a TV set. It comes in a 40GB model for $499 and a 60GB version for $599.

The U2-themed iPod holds 20GB, is black with a red navigation dial on the face and includes a facsimile of the band members’ signatures on the back. It costs $349 ($50 more than the the regular 20GB iPod) and comes with a $50 coupon good towards “The Complete U2” music collection, which costs $149 from Apple’s iTunes store.

In addition to the new iPods, Apple also introduced a set of colored “socks” for carrying iPods. Apple will sell a set of six differently hued socks for $29.

The iPod Photo has already begun shipping to Apple stores and the U2 iPod will be available in mid-November.

Apple also announced that starting its iTunes Music Store is now available in more countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. A Canadian store is scheduled to open next month.