During its cross-platform music-extravaganza event Apple announced a free software update (v.2.1) for its market-leading digital-music player, iPod. The iPod software update adds support for new Belkin voice-recording and photo-storage accessories for dockable iPods - allowing users to record hundreds of hours of audio and store thousands of digital photos on their iPod.

The iPod software update - which supports only iPods with a dock connector - includes faster browsing and accessing of large music libraries, the ability to sync On-The-Go playlists back to iTunes and a new Music Quiz game that tests a player’s knowledge of their own iTunes music library.

“Apple’s latest iPods have been a huge hit, becoming the most successful digital-music players ever. With these new added features there are even more great reasons to get one,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We have worked together with Belkin to provide a simple and elegant solution to iPod users’ two most requested features, digital voice recording and photo storage.”

Read about iPod voice-recording here.

Read about iPod photo-storage here.