Apple's new 8-gigabyte iPod nano lets you carry over five days worth near-CD-quality music or a combination of your favorite songs and photos in a sleek, brushed aluminum package. Smaller than a credit card, this ultra-thin player displays your photos and album cover art in bright, vivid colors on its LCD screen. And Apple's elegantly simple Click Wheel lets you zoom through menus quickly to find the song or picture you're looking for.

The iPod nano comes with some handy extras. Its clock has a sleep timer and alarm function, plus a multiple time zone display and a stopwatch. You can transfer your calendar and personal contacts from your PC. The player's screen lock keeps your information safe.

The rechargeable battery lasts up to 24 hours, so you're sure to have entertainment at your fingertips. And with its embedded flash memory, the iPod nano never skips — no matter how active you are.

Note: requires free iTunes® software download from www.apple.com

Product Highlights:

  • 8GB emdedded flash memory holds approximately:
    • up to 25,000 photos
    • 264 hours of music at 64 Kbps
    • 132 hours at 128 Kbps
    • other bitrates supported
  • plays MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF (uncompressed), Apple Lossless, and Audible files (formats 2, 3 and 4)
  • displays photos converted from JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF and PNG formats
  • color backlit LCD screen
  • anodized aluminum body
  • repeat, resume, and random play
  • docking adapter allows use with iPod docking accessories
  • sleep and wake timers
  • world clock with multiple time zone displays
  • stopwatch function
  • notes reader
  • appointment calendar and contacts list
  • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
  • earbud headphones
  • built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery provides up to 24 hours music playback; up to 5 hours for photo slideshow with music
  • weight: 1.41 oz.
  • 1-5/8"W x 3-9/16"H x 5/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer Requirements:
  • requires iTunes 7 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)
  • broadband Internet connection recommended
Macintosh®:
  • high-speed USB port
  • Mac OS X v.10.3.9 or later
Windows®:
  • high-speed USB port
  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP (Home or Professional)

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Totally Frustrated

Written By canbrit, Irvine, CA on Wednesday, February 21, 2007

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If I can get iTunes to open at all, it soon freezes up the system. The iPod itself is probably fine but the software is definitely NOT. I googled "itunes freezing" and there were thousands and thousands of resulting entries. What's going on Apple?

IMO, best there is.

Written By Dave, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The 8GB nano is for what it is, the best player out there. 8GB is not a huge amount of storage but the size of it makes up for that completely. If you want more storage, you're not gonna find a player this small, you'll have to go bigger-a lot bigger. If you don't mind lugging around a larger mp3 player then other iPods or mp3 players might be a better choice for the money, but this player is small-even smaller than gen 1 if you could imagine they could get it smaller.

As far as features go, I don't use it for photos but what I've seen on there looked nice. The case does scratch so a cover could be useful. I've dropped mine pretty hard a few times with no cover and haven't had any problems so it's seems durable. Battery life is great. Sound is great. The touch pad doesn't seem as sensitive as the other iPods-which I think is a plus.

Overall if you want a small player, I think this is the best. It's a bit pricey but I think is worth every penny. I've had to reset it about 3 or 4 times since I've had it but hey, it can't be perfect.

BTW, I bought it when they first came out and use it probabaly 6-8 hrs a day. It's definately durable.

Love it!

Written By CraigH, Graham, TX on Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Just upgraded from an older 4gb Nano, and am very impressed with the newer version. Better quality, longer battery life and double the music storage.

At Last!

Written By Steve, Long Island, NY on Friday, November 03, 2006

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I've been waiting for the features found in the 2nd generation Nano for a long time... metal casing, gapless playback, 8GB solid-state memory. I've had it for about a month now and despite the metal case it still got scratched, albeit probably not as easily as the 1st generation. Accessories are only starting to come out now so I'm going to get a rubber case- the metal casing on the Nano can be slippery. Def 5 stars though- nothing else comes close in size, performance, and usability. Cons: yeah, for $249 they should give a USB charger. Also, 8GB is too small- don't expect to bring all of your music collection with you if it's that many songs or lossless encoded.

So Far,m So Good

Written By chazman, New York City on Friday, October 13, 2006

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I've been using my 8Gb iPod Nano for a couple weeks now, and am very pleased with the product. As a former owner of a Rio Carbon, the Nano is definitely a step up.

The $249 price seemed a little high for a 8GB media device, but you get what you pay for. The size of the player is amazing - so small and sleek.

I had no problems downloading music and photos from Itunes (and my computer) to my new iPod. I quickly was able to figure out how to operate the device with little instruction, and support/instructions are available at Apple.com (as well as Crutchfield).

The sound you get from this little device is amazing, and the battery life so far has been terrific.

The only quibble I have (as many iPod users do I found) is that for $249, Apple should include a free USB Power Adapter.

In conclusion, a big thumbs up for the 8GB iPod Nano!

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What's in the box?

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  • Black iPod nano 8GB digital music player
  • White earbud headphones with 44" cord (stereo mini-jack connector)
  • 39" USB cable (iPod Dock connector on one end and a USB Type A connector on the other)
  • iPod dock adapter
  • Quick Start guide
  • Important Product Information booklet
  • 2 Apple decals

Features and Specs

General
File Formats MP3
AAC
Protected AAC/WAV/AIFF/MP3 VBR/Apple Los
Voice Recording No
Radio Tuner No
Display Illumination Yes
Display Color Full Color LCD
Equalizer Presets 22
Maximum Battery Life 24 Hours
Included Battery Type Rechargeable
Weight with Battery (ounces) 1.41
Width (inches) 1-5/8
Height (inches) 3-9/16
Depth (inches) 0-5/16
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Media Types
Built-In Memory 8 GB
Built-In Memory Type Flash
Removable Media None
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output Yes
USB 2.0 High Speed
Other PC Connections None

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Features

Compatibility: The Apple iPod nano is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems with the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System:
    • Windows: Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later
    • Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 (a USB 1.1 port can be used, but it'll provide slower data transfer than a 2.0 port)
  • Software: iTunes 7 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)

Design: The 2nd generation iPod nano features a super-slim design and a durable anodized aluminum body. This 8GB model comes in black only.

Auto-Synching: Each time you connect the iPod nano to your computer, the unit's Auto-Synch feature automatically updates it with any changes made to the iTunes program on your computer, including any new music purchased at the iTunes Music Store.

Storage Capacity: This iPod nano has a built-in 8GB flash drive, capable of storing 2000 songs (4-minute song average--recorded in AAC format at 128 kbps) or 25,000 pictures (iPod nano-viewable photos transferred from iTunes). In addition to storing audio, you can use the flash drive to store data files as well.

Audio Formats: The iPod nano supports the following audio formats: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF. When you import music from a CD using iTunes, it is converted to AAC format by default.

Note: If you are using iTunes for Windows, you can convert non-protected WMA files to AAC or MP3 format.

Display: The 1.5" color liquid crystal display has 176 x 132 pixel resolution and 0.168mm dot pitch.

Backlighting: The display's blue-white LED backlight illuminates the LCD screen for a selectable amount of time each time a button is pressed. The backlight timer can be set for 2, 5, 10, 15 or 20 seconds, always on, or off.

Skip Protection: The iPod nano uses a 4GB flash memory so it will not skip, regardless of activity level.

Controls: The iPod nano's touch-sensitive Click Wheel controls are located on the front of the unit. There are 3 Playback Mode buttons (Play/Pause, Previous/Rewind, Next/Fast-forward) and a Menu button located under the Click Wheel. The Select button is located in the center of the Click Wheel. The Click Wheel and Select button allow you to navigate through menus and song lists, highlight the desired selection, and select the item. To avoid unwanted actions due to accidental button pressing, you can disable the iPod nano's buttons with the top-mounted hold button.

Playback Functions: You can set the iPod nano to repeat one song over and over, or repeat all songs in the list (album or playlist) from which the song was selected. You can also have the iPod nano shuffle all songs on the flash drive, shuffle all songs on the playlist, or shuffle albums (when set to shuffle albums, it plays all the songs on an album in order, then randomly selects another album and plays it through in order). During Shuffle play, the songs do not repeat until all songs have been played.

On-The-Go Playlists: You can program the iPod nano to play the songs you want in the order you want. The songs are queued in the On-The-Go playlist. In addition to individual songs, you can queue entire lists of songs (albums) in the On-The-Go playlist. There is no limit to the number of selections you can put in the On-The-Go playlist.

Equalizer: The iPod nano's built-in equalizer has 22 EQ presets to change the sound to suit a particular music genre or style. The presets include: Acoustic, Bass Booster, Bass Reducer, Classical, Dance, Deep, Electronic, Flat, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Loudness, Lounge, Piano, Pop, R&B, Rock, Small Speakers, Spoken Word, Treble Booster, Treble Reducer, Vocal Booster, and Off.

Headphones: The iPod nano comes with earbud-style headphones with 18mm drivers using Neodymium magnets. If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm mini-plug.

Clock Functions: The iPod nano has an internal clock with time/date settings, a calendar, an alarm clock and sleep timer. The calendar can be advanced a day at a time or a month at a time. The alarm clock can be set to any minute up to 24 hours in advance. The sleep timer can be set to automatically turn off the unit in 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Note Reader: The iPod nano has a built-in note reader that lets you download text-based information and read it on the screen.

Games: In addition to enjoying music, pictures, and books, you can play one of four pre-loaded games on your iPod nano. The games that are available include Brick, Music Quiz, Parachute, and Solitaire.

Dock Adapter: This unit comes with a white plastic dock adapter which allows the iPod nano to be docked in full-sized iPod docks. An optional iPod nano dock is available from the manufacturer.

Computer Interfaces: The iPod nano connects to your computer's high-power USB 2.0 port for downloading and charging the battery. You can also charge the battery by FireWire (also called IEEE 1394 or i.LINK), but downloading is done only by USB.

High-Speed Transfers: Transfer time varies depending upon how much music you want to transfer from your computer to your iPod nano. When you connect the iPod nano using USB 2.0, data is transferred at up to 480 Mbps.

Power Requirements: The iPod nano has a built-in rechargeable, non-removable, lithium ion battery. When the iPod nano is connected to your computer, the battery charges. When fully charged, the battery provides approximately 24 hours of music playback time, or 5 hours playback of slide show with music. The battery charges up to 80% of capacity in 1.5 hours and fully charges in 3 hours. A battery life indicator appears at the top of the display.

Software Note: The iPod nano comes with no software on CD-ROM. You must download the latest version of iTunes music management software from the Apple website.

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