Apple Computer released the latest iTunes/iPod figures during its fiscal second quarter earnings report for the period that ended April 1, 2006. According to the company, it sold 8.5 million iPods in

Apple Computer reports its fiscal second quarter revenues increased 34% to $4.36 billion driven by a 61% growth in iPod shipments. The company posted a net quarterly profit of $410 million, or 47 cents a share—a 41% gain vs. a year ago.

Apple reported $1.7 billion in iPod revenue on sales of 8.5 million units. Other music related products and services-a segment that includes iTunes Music Store sales, iPod accessories, a iPod service plans increased 125% to $485 million.

Additionally, the iTunes Music Store has expanded its catalog to 2.6 million songs, 60,000 podcasts and 9,000 music videos, in addition to about 70 TV shows.

Analysts have stepped up the expectation that Apple will introduce a new line of iPods in the second half of the year. The presumed product roadmap includes newer, high-capacity iPod Nanos with up to 10 GB of storage, and the long-awaited updated video iPod.