The first 5G iPod nano accessories have been announced, ahead of the new Apple products expected release next week.

Apple seems set to release new iPod products at its special invite-only event to be held next Wednesday (9/9/9).

iPod and iPhone accessory maker Proporta states that the new Apple 5G iPod nano "looks set to be a typically beautiful new product from the Apple stable, building on the already impressive 4G nano by adding a camera and improving the size of the screen".
Proporta has announced a series of custom protective cases "specially made" for "this sexy little number".

5G iPod nano case

The cases include new versions of the handmade signature Aluminium Lined Leather Case that features a sheet of lightweight, aircraft grade aluminium to guard against crushing and screen damage, the Ted Baker Leather Case, and the Compact Mirror iPod Case, which features an internal mirror.

At the end of last month Apple officially announced a music-themed event to be held on Wednesday 9 September 2009.

The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, California, starting at 10am Pacific Time.

The event invitation comes with the words "It's only rock and roll, but we like it," no doubt inspired by the lead single from The Rolling Stones 1974 album "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll".

September, is traditionally the month Apple introduces new iPods, in time for the all important holiday season. Over the weekend reports suggested supplies of iPods in stores being run down in preparation for new models being announced.

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"The expectations are that Apple will add video camera functionality to the iPod touch, [still] camera functionality to the nano and refresh the iTunes software," Brian Marshall, an analyst at Broadpoint AmTech said.

"That's pretty much it, although we could potentially see a refresh on the desktop too, lower prices and faster processors," Marshall added, referring to Apple's iMac systems.

Along with new iPods, rumoured to come with cameras, the event could see the launch of iTunes 9 and finally a tie-up with The Beatles - arch 60s rivals of the Stones.

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The date also sees The Beatles copious back catalogue remastered and rereleased along with the launch of 'The Beatles: Rock Band,' video game for Xbox, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii. Steve Jobs, a major fan of The Beatles, has been trying for some time to get the fab four back catalogue on iTunes.