and Photo Playback
Compatibility: The Apple
iPod nano is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems with
the following minimum requirements:
- Operating System:
Windows Vista or Windows XP (Home or Professional) with Service Pack 3 or
- Macintosh: Mac OS X
v10.4.11 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 8 or
later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)
- Internet Connection: Broadband recommended
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.
iTunes: iTunes is the
software application you use with the iPod nano. iTunes can sync music,
audiobooks, podcasts, and more with your iPod nano. When you connect the iPod
nano to your computer, iTunes opens automatically.
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), 7,000 pictures (iPod nano-viewable photos transferred from iTunes),
or 8 hours of video (1.5-Mbps video). In addition, you can use the flash drive to store data files as well.
Skip Protection: The iPod nano
uses a 8GB flash memory so it will not skip, regardless of activity level.
Design: The iPod nano comes in nine vibrant colors (silver,
black, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and pink) and a new curved
aluminum and glass design.
Smart Display: The 2.0" color liquid crystal display
has a 320 x 240 pixel resolution at 204 pixels per inch and features an LED
backlight. You can rotate the iPod nano horizontally or vertically to view
movies, photos, your music's cover art, and games in a landscape or portrait
Backlighting: The display's
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, 20
or 30 seconds, always on, or off.
Accelerometer: The built-in accelerometer actually responds
to your movements, so you can tilt and turn your iPod nano to control the
action. Thanks to the built-in accelerometer, you can rotate the iPod nano to
flip through album art with Cover Flow, watch movies and TV shows in widescreen,
and view photos in either portrait or landscape.
Controls: The iPod nano's
nano-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 at the top 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.
Hold Switch: If you don't
want to turn your iPod nano on or activate controls accidentally, you can
disable them with the unit's Hold switch. The Hold switch disables all Click
Wheel controls, and also disables functions that are activated by movement, such
as shaking to shuffle and rotating to enter or exit Cover Flow.
Customize Main Menu: You
can add often-used items to the iPod nano main menu. For example, you can add a
Songs item to the main menu, so you don't have to choose Music before you choose
Songs. You can also remove items you do not use on a regular basis.
Note Reader: The iPod nano has
a built-in note reader that lets you download text-based information and read it
on the screen.
Recording Voice Memos: You can record voice memos using an optional
iPod nano-compatible microphone (sold separately). You can set chapter marks
while you record, store voice memos on the iPod nano and sync them with your
computer, and add labels to voice memos. Voice memos cannot be longer than two
hours. If you record for more than two hours, your iPod nano automatically
starts a new voice memo to continue your recording.
Games: In addition to enjoying
music, video, pictures, and books, you can play one of three pre-loaded games on your iPod
The games that are available include Vortex, Maze and Klondike.
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 and you can
wake up to either a beep tone or a playlist. The sleep
timer can be set to automatically turn off the unit in 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120
World Clock: The iPod nano's World Clock
feature allows you to choose different clocks for cities all over the world.
Stop Watch: The iPod nano's built-in
stopwatch lets you log your times during your workout.
Headphones: The iPod nano comes
with earbud-style headphones with 18mm, 32-ohm drivers using Neodymium magnets.
The headphones offer a frequency response of 20Hz to 20,000Hz.
If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm mini-plug.
Dock Adapter: This unit comes
with a white plastic dock adapter which allows the iPod nano to be docked in
full-sized iPod docks.
Store Data Files: You can use the iPod nano as an external disk to
store data files.
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 an optional FireWire
cable (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
transferred at up to 480 Mbps.
Multi-Language: The iPod nano supports the following
menu languages -
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German,
Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian,
Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese,
Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, and Turkish.
Spoken Menus: The iPod nano features optional spoken menus, enabling
visually impaired users to browse through their iPod nano content more easily.
iTunes generates spoken menus using voices that are included in your computer's
operating system or that you may have purchased from third parties. Not all
voices from computer operating systems or third parties are compatible with
spoken menus, and not all languages are supported.
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 and
up to 4 hours of video playback. 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.
Nike+iPod Support: The iPod nano includes built-in Nike +
iPod support. Just slip the Nike + iPod Sensor (sold separately) into your Nike+
shoe and start your run. The sensor communicates wirelessly with your iPod
nano, tracking your time, distance, and calories burned. It even gives you
voice feedback on your progress through your iPod nano's headphones. When you
get back to your computer, sync your iPod nano via iTunes and transfer your
exercise data to nikeplus.com, where you can track your workouts, set goals, and
challenge friends. This feature also works with new cardio equipment available
in many fitness centers. Just look for Nike + iPod compatible treadmills,
ellipticals, stair steppers, and stationary bikes.
Audio Formats: The iPod nano
supports the following audio formats: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from
iTunes Music Store), MP3 (16 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.
Auto Music Syncing: By
default, the iPod nano is set to sync all songs and playlists when you connect
it to your computer. This is the simplest way to add music to the iPod nano. You
just connect the iPod nano to your computer, let it add songs, audiobooks,
videos, and other items automatically, and then disconnect it and go. If you
added any songs to iTunes since the last time you connected your iPod nano, they
will be synced with your iPod nano. If you deleted songs from iTunes, they are
removed from your iPod nano.
Playlist Music Syncing:
Setting iTunes to sync selected playlists to iPod nano is useful if the music in
your iTunes library does not all fit on your iPod nano. Only the music in the
playlists you select is synced to your iPod nano.
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.
Shake To Shuffle Playback: The feature allows you to give your iPod
nano a shake to shuffle to a different song in your music library.
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 Playlist. There is no limit to
the number of selections you can put in the On-The-Go Playlist.
Genius: Genius automatically creates playlists containing
songs in your library that go great together. To use Genius on iPod nano, you
first need to set up Genius in iTunes. Genius is a free service, but an iTunes
Store account is required (if you don't have one, you canset one up when you
turn on Genius). iTunes collects anonymous information about your library and
compares it with all songs available at the iTunes Store and with the libraries
of other iTunes Store customers. The amount of time this takes can vary
according to the size of your library, connection speed, and other factors.
Search Music: You can search iPod nano for songs, playlists, album
titles, artist names, audio podcasts, and audiobooks. The search feature doesn't
search videos, notes, calendar items, contacts, or lyrics.
With the Cover Flow feature on the iPod nano, you
can flip through your music via album art to find the album you want to hear.
Cover Flow lets you use the iPod nano's Click Wheel to browse music by album
cover, then select an album to flip it over and see the track list. Cover Flow
can be viewed in a landscape or portrait orientation.
Adding Lyrics: You can enter song lyrics in plain text format into
iTunes so that you can view the song lyrics on your iPod nano while the song is
Cross-fading Songs: You can set the iPod nano to fade out at the end
of each song and fade in at the beginning of the song following it.
Listening to Podcasts: Podcasts
are downloadable radio-style shows you get at the iTunes Music Store. Podcasts
are organized by shows, episodes within shows, and chapters within episodes. If
you stop listening to a podcast and go back to it later, the podcast begins
playing from where you left off.
Audio Books: In addition to
music, you can download audio books from the iTunes Music Store (approximately
9,000 titles) or from Audible.com, an independent website with over 18,000
titles. The iPod will keep track of where you left off when you listened last
like a virtual bookmark, and when you sync up with iTunes, the bookmark will
continually update between the iPod and iTunes. You can also set the speed at
which the audio book is played back.
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.
Maximum Volume Limiter:
The iPod nano provides an easy way for you to set a
maximum volume limit to prevent the volume from exceeding a certain level. This
feature works with any headphones attached to the headphone jack and with the
iPod Radio Remote; other Apple and third-party accessories are not supported
with this feature. You can also assign a combination to prevent the setting from
being changed which is ideal for parental control.
Optional FM Radio: You can listen to radio using the optional iPod
Radio Remote accessory (sold separately) for the iPod nano. iPod Radio Remote
attaches to iPod nano using the Dock connector cable.
Video and Photo Playback
Video Playback: You can
purchase movies, videos and TV shows, and download video podcasts at the iTunes
Music Store, and then download them to the iPod nano. You can then view and
listen to the videos on the iPod nano.
Video Formats: The iPod nano
supports the following video formats:
- H.264 video up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 x
480, 30 frames per second
- Baseline Low-Complexity Profile
with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and
.mov file formats
- H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640
by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec.
- Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0
with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and
.mov file formats
- MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640
by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec.
- Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio
up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Video Syncing: You can add movies and TV shows to the iPod nano much
the same way you add songs. You can set iTunes to sync all movies and TV shows
to your iPod nano automatically when you connect the iPod nano, or you can set
iTunes to sync only selected playlists. Alternatively, you can manage movies and
TV shows manually. Using this option, you can add videos from more than one
computer without erasing videos already on iPod nano.
Importing and Viewing Your Own Videos: You can view other
video files on the iPod nano, such as videos you create in iMovie (on a
Macintosh) or videos you download from the Internet. Using QuickTime, you can
encode a video file for the iPod nano, import it into iTunes, and then download
it to your iPod nano just as you would download any video to iPod.
Watching Rented Movies: You can rent movies from the iTunes
Store and watch them on the iPod nano. You can use iTunes to rent the movies and
transfer them to your iPod nano. Rented movies are playable only for a limited
time. The time remaining in which you must finish watching a rented movie
appears near its title. Movies are automatically deleted when they expire.
Notes: Rented movies are not available in all regions.
Viewing and Listening to Videos on
iPod: Downloaded videos appear in the Videos menus on the iPod nano. Music
Videos also appear in Music menus. When you choose a video from a Videos menu,
you see and hear the video. When you choose a music video from a Music menu, you
hear the song, but don't see the video. Video can be played back in a landscape
or portrait orientation on the iPod's nano screen.
Watching Videos on a TV Connected
to iPod: With the optional iPod AV Cable, you can watch videos on a TV
connected to the iPod nano. First you set the iPod nano to display videos on a
TV, then connect the iPod nano to your TV, and then play a video.
Photo Playback: The iPod nano holds up to 7,000 photos
which you can sync from your Mac or PC via iTunes. Using the Click Wheel you can
scroll through photo thumbnails. To see a photo full screen, all you need to do
is click the center button. You can also view your photo slideshows complete
with music and transitions. Photos can be viewed in a landscape or portrait
orientation. Using an optional Apple component or composite AV
cable you can view your iPod nano's photos on your connected TV.
Compatible Photo Formats:
The iPod nano will download and playback
the following still photo formats - JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only) and
Adding Photos: You can add photos to the iPod nano from a folder on
your hard disk. If you have a Mac and iPhoto 6 or later, you can sync iPhoto
albums automatically. If you have a Windows PC and Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 or
later, or Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 or later, you can sync photo collections
SlideShow: Photos can be viewed
manually (one at a time) or automatically using the slideshow feature. When
using slideshow, several settings are adjustable: Time Per Slide (2, 3, 5, 10,
or 20 seconds), Repeat (on/off), Transition (7 options), TV Out (allows you to
choose On, Off, or Ask; if you set TV Out to Ask, iPod nano gives you the option
of showing videos on TV or on iPod nano every time you play a video), and TV
Signal (NTSC or PAL). Background music can be added to the slideshow and the
slides can be displayed in random order.