New iPods will be announced next month, a report claims.

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple plans a special event on 5 September during which the company will introduce its new breed of media devices.

The report states the information emanates from "multiple sources", and is expected to be the forum for the introduction of at least one new model of iPod.

AppleInsider also claims supply of iPods and iPod nanos is shrinking, with availability (in the US, at least) now low or non-existent at high profile dealers, including Best Buy.

The report cites recently published images which purported to be those of a new version of the iPod nano. These images were later removed following pressure from Apple legal. They seemed to capture an iPod nano capable of displaying video.

Rumours that the next generation iPod would offer a full-size touchscreen, a la the iPhone, also get a mention.

The report finishes with speculation that September may also see Apple unleash a television and film download service outside the US during the special event.

Apple does not comment on rumour or speculation.