Music Management Software
Compatibility: The Apple
iPod nano is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. See
System Requirements section below for minimum requirements.
nano has a built-in 4GB flash drive, capable of storing 1000 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 hard 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
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,
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 controls are located on the front of the unit. There is a Click
Wheel, which gives you the enhanced durability and sensitivity of the iPod Touch
Wheel, with buttons underneath. 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
Contacts/Calendar Events: If
you are using Mac OS X v10.4 or later, you can use iTunes to synchronize your
Address Book contacts and iCal calendar information. If you are running any
version of Mac OS X earlier than 10.4, you use a Mac and iSync to update your
information. Synchronizing information using iSync requires iSync 1.1 or later,
and iCal 1.0.1 or later.
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
The games that are available include Brick, Music Quiz, Parachute, and
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.
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 14 hours of music playback time, or
4 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
Optional iPod nano Dock: The
optional iPod nano Dock holds the unit upright as it charges or transfers
music. The iPod cable attaches the dock to your computer. In
addition, the iPod nano Dock has a 3.5mm mini-jack stereo line output for
connecting the iPod nano to a home stereo or external powered speakers.
Music Management Software
iTunes: The supplied CD-ROM
software provides iTunes music management software for Mac and Windows users.
This software allows you to organize and manage your music and audio downloads.
With the software, you can buy music and audio books from the iTunes Music
Store, create your own custom audio or data CDs, import tracks in AAC, rate
tracks and sort your library based on ratings, create mixes automatically with
Smart Playlists, share playlists with other users, play audio books, or learn a
foreign language. With iTunes and an AirPort Express Base Station, you can
stream music wirelessly from your Mac or PC to your home stereo or powered
Volume Levels: iTunes can
adjust the volume of songs automatically, so they play at the same relative
Audio Books: In addition to
music, you can download audio books from the iTunes Music Store (approximately
5,000 titles), or from Audible.com, an independent website with over 18,000
High-Speed Transfers: Transfer
time varies depending upon how much music you want to transfer from your
computer to your iPod nano. You can connect the iPod nano using USB 2.0, which
transfers data at up to 480 Mbps.
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.
Song Ratings: You can assign a
rating to a song from 1 to 5 stars to indicate how much you like it. Song
ratings can be used to help you create playlists automatically in iTunes.
Smart Playlists: You can create
customized Smart Playlists from the songs stored in your music library. Smart
Playlists can include only certain genres of music, songs by certain artists, or
songs that match particular criteria, such as songs rated 3 stars or higher or a
playlist that's no more than 3 GB in size. After the Smart Playlist is created,
any songs you import that meet the Smart Playlist criteria will be automatically
added to the Smart Playlist.
Minimum Requirements for Macintosh:
To use iPod nano with a Macintosh, you must have the following:
- Macintosh with a built-in USB
- Mac OS X
v10.3.4 or later
- iSync 1.1 and iCal 1.0.1 or later
(optional for synchronizing contact and calendar information with iPod
Minimum Requirements for Windows:
To use iPod nano with a Windows PC, you must have the following:
- Built-in USB port
- Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4
or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later