Why 1st generation nanos are excellent MP3 players
I first bought a first generation iPod Nano when it was fresh out on the market. It cost me just over $250 and it was my most joyful purchase. I was a university student and would take the bus for two hours a day: the commute was made just that much sweeter with the little device whose battery life lasted 8 hours easily. I used it almost everyday to listen to indie rock and science podcasts. I loved the easy-to-use interface and stylish and well-designed device. Managing music uploads with iTunes was also really easy. The menus on the device itself were easy to navigate. Now that Nanos are into their 4th and 5th incarnations, their predecessors have become much more affordable to purchase. The major drawbacks of the first generation Nano was that it had no additional features such as radio or voice recording, nor video playback. All of these have been corrected in the later versions of the device, which is now operated via the intuitive touch interface rather than with the click wheel. For a basic, well-developed quality audio playback device, the first generation Nano is still a great choice. If you can find a used one with a decent battery life left in it for your iTunes purchases, you have yourself an excellent deal.
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Never before has something so small held so many possibilities. Up to 1,000 songs. Full-color album art and photos. Podcasts. Audiobooks. Games, clocks, contacts and calendars. All in an iPod that weighs less than a single CD case. Now that's huge.
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Only .27 inches thin and 1.5 ounces, iPod nano packs a lot into its diminutive design. Up to 14 hours of battery life(1). 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of storage.(2) A bright color display. The Apple Click Wheel. A Dock connector that fits an entire ecosystem of iPod accessories. With so many features like these, iPod nano can change the way you listen to music and more. Click on a feature to see it on the iPod nano display, then read about it here.
Finding and playing music on iPod nano is simple. Menu options let you browse by artist, composer, album, song, genre or playlist. Want to mix things up? Click Shuffle Songs. iPod nano makes your music look as good as it sounds, thanks to a 1.5-inch color display. Album art appears alongside your songs, so you see your music as you play it. And when you dare to wear iPod nano, youll say a lot in 176-by-132 pixels without saying a word.
The iTunes Podcast Directory features thousands of free podcasts radio shows you subscribe to including favorites from such big names as ABC News, Adam Curry, ESPN, KCRW, WGBH and many more. Browse and subscribe to podcasts, then sync them to your iPod nano and listen anytime, anywhere. Podcasts appear in their own menu on your iPod nano, so you can navigate them easily.
The digital shelves of the iTunes Music Store are stocked with more than 11,000 audiobooks including such exclusives as the entire Harry Potter series so you can catch up on your reading wherever iPod nano takes you. Browse audiobooks from their own menu on your iPod nano. Set a chapter marker when you stop reading, and pick up the audiobook right where you left off. You can even change the read speed to suit you.
iPod nano holds up to 25,000 photos(3) you can sync from your Mac or Windows PC via iTunes. Use the Click Wheel to scroll through photo thumbnails the same way you scroll through song titles. To see a photo full-screen, click the center button. You can even view photo slideshows, complete with music. Just select Slideshow Settings and choose the time between slides, the transition effect and the music.
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Ever forgotten a doctors appointment or wished you had a friends address handy? Good thing iPod nano lets you take your calendar and contacts with you. With support for Address Book and iCal on the Mac and Outlook or Outlook Express on the PC, plus industry-standard vCalendar and vCard files, iTunes syncs your calendars and contacts so you can access everything with a quick spin of the Click Wheel.
iPod nanos nifty World Clock lets you check the time, fall asleep to music and wake up to it, too. Open more than one clock to scroll between as many time zones as you choose. The clock faces even appear white or black to indicate day or night in different time zones. thats y i luv ipod!!! happy bidding!!!!
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APPLE IPOD NANO 2 GB BUT IT!
I'm listening to Le Nozze di Figaro on my nano as we speak.
I have a tan line on my arm, marking the spot where my nano is worn when I go outside. My nano has more accessories bestowed upon it than my miniature dachshund. When I discover new activities to share with my nano, I am excited. This is not an mp3 player - this is a pet.
Why am I so smitten? After all, I've owned a 30GB iPod for years. That iPod serves us very well, and I still consider it one of our most useful toys. Can there be any rational reason to have such affection for my tiny, 2GB nano?
Apple did more than simply shrink its original iPod. The nano is engineered to optimize its function as a music player which is not only portable, but ideal for playing while on the move. When my husband had a motorcycle, sometimes we would notice the 30GB iPod skipping when jostled. It also skipped if I took it on a hard run, which are the kind you need music for the most. The reason for the skipping was all the movement shaking the hard drive. The nano uses Flash memory, which means there are no moving parts, and no skipping. The On-The-Go Playlist function allows you to create playlists on the spur of the moment, simply by holding down the center button while listening to a song. For anyone who likes putting together their own compilations, this is addictive.
Flash also means the nano is able to be ridiculously small. Steve Jobs describes its weight as "about two dollars in quarters"; I call it one and a half ounces. Its size is 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27 inches, but you have to touch and hold it to really appreciate it. The touch-sensitive click wheel makes the design so intuitive, even a five-year-old could use it - if you choose to allow five-year-olds access to your most elegant and costly music playing gadgets, that is. The nano is compatible with our 30GB iPod's accessories, as well as some fun new options just for the smaller player. My 2GB nano holds five hundred songs, assuming all the songs are around four minutes long. While I loved running with the 30GB iPod for how much smaller it was than a portable CD player, I am thrilled with how much smaller the nano is in comparison. Even at mile five of a six mile run, when even your shoes feel too heavy, I don't feel hindered or annoyed by the nano's presence. Actually, I often forget I am wearing it at all.
Specs, specs...You do have a computer, don't you?
Many times, I have been asked by those of a certain age how you get the music on the iPod. I am fond of these people, and consider it a fair question. You need a computer; either a PC with a USB port running Windows 2000 or later, Windows XP or later, or a Mac with a USB port running Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later. The iPod comes with software to install iTunes on your PC or Mac. Downloading songs and albums from iTunes is easy even for a novice, and much less expensive than buying music in a brick and mortar store. According to Apple, the iPod supports the following formats: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV. I don't have to know what those terms mean, I only have to look for them when I want to upload music to my nano. For the most part, the iPod plays what you have downloaded from iTunes or burned from your own CD collection. To put the music on your iPod, plug it into your computer and open iTunes. Simply click and drag music from yo
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You've gotta hold it to believe it!
I've had a chance to play around with this for a few days now, and while I am a huge fan of the iPod Nano, it will not be replacing my 20GB iPod Photo anytime soon. It's Apple's own fault, really; they gave me 20GB (or 40, or 60) of space first, and now they want to take 90% of it away? Don't think so. I've come to believe what Apple's been telling me for a few years now: I NEED to take my entire music collection around with me everywhere I go. It's as essential as my cell phone and Metro Card. So for the storage reason alone, I can't chuck my 20GB model just yet. But the Nano really is a cool machine, and I imagine it will overtake the higher capacity iPods in popularity shortly because of its size, price, and cool factor.
Here's what I consider the improvements to be:
1. First and foremost, the transition to flash memory. This enables the Nano to be smaller and operate quieter than iPods that are hard drive-based. Make no mistake, flash memory is the future of digital music players;
2. The size, duh. Apple has made the Nano smaller without compromising much of the bright colorful screen. As we all now by now, it is thinner than a number two pencil (my 20GB iPod Photo, on the other hand, is probably three pencils thick). But it's still too large and delicate to jog with, without an optional accessory or two (arm band, lanyard headphones); and
3. The Apple-brand accessories that have been released concurrently with the Nano are affordable and well-designed.
...And what's not-so-great:
1. The price drop isn't that substantial, especially for what you get. For an extra $100, you can upgrade to a Photo that has ten times the capacity; and
2. The headphone jack is on the bottom of the Nano. I'm not sure what the logic behind this is-it seems like making a change for the sake of making a change to me.
Some wonderful things about the color iPods in general: they're very easy to use; their demure size could hardly be improved upon; the color screen is beyond adequate for viewing photos and album art; the battery life is exceptional; making playlists and controlling iTunes are simple tasks; all are compatible with Mac or Windows; and if you use a Mac, you can sync your iPod with your address book, to do list, and calendar (this has come in handy for me a number of times when I'm traveling). Also, if you're a college student or an educator at any level, the Apple Store (both the b&m and online versions) gives discounts on just about everything. For iPods it's about $20, but for computers it's up to $300
The bottom line on the Nano: it's a great entry-level MP3 player that will probably suffice for most listeners. However, if you're a music warrior who listens for many hours a day, many days a week, then 2-4GB is just too small to suit you--but of course you've had an iPod for three years now, and you already knew that.
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IPOD Nano 1st generation
Review For: Apple iPod nano 1st Generation (4 GB)
This Ipod is one of the first ones that featured a color screen . Its entirely based flash memory. Comes in Black or white with chrome back-plate .
This Ipod comes with 4GB as the biggest and 1Gb as the smallest . Battery Life has been good since I already own one when it came out and still use it.
This model also is easier to repair and replace defective parts as they age and swapping batteries is also not difficult with a soldering iron.
The click wheel is a nice Physical interface as opposed to the modern touch screens that get dirty and unresponsive and need recalibration.
Great for around 1000 songs ,
Can also display Images .
I would recommend keeping the back light off or to a minimum as it does waste the battery .
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