Apple today introduced the iPod classic, featuring either 80GB or an incredible 160GB of storage.

Now in its sixth generation, the new iPod classic delivers all the features customers love about their iPods, along with support for Cover Flow and a new all-metal enclosure.

The device costs £159 for the 80GB model and £229 for the 160GB model.

"The first iPod put 1,000 songs in your pocket - this new iPod classic can put 40,000 songs in your pocket," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "With a thinner, all-metal enclosure and an enhanced user interface, the iPod classic is ideal for people who want to hold everything on their iPod."

The all-new iPod Classic

The iPod classic offers all-metal anodized aluminum and has a polished stainless steel enclosure.

For battery life, the iPod classic supports up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback in the 160GB model, and up to 30 hours of music playback and five hours of video playback in the 80GB model on a single charge.

The device comes with three pre-loaded games: iQuiz, the entertainment trivia game; Vortex, a fast-paced 360-degree brick-bashing game; and Klondike, a solitaire card game.

Additional games will be available for purchase for the new iPod classic later this month from the iTunes Store, including Sudoku and Tetris from Electronic Arts and Ms. Pac-Man from Namco.

Apple confirmed it has sold over 100 million iPods so far, and also introduced new coloured iPod shuffles, a new version iPod nano and the iPod touch.

Both iPod classic models are available immediately worldwide in silver and black. The 80GB iPod classic model is $249 while the 160GB iPod classic costs $349.