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Apple iPod® nano 4GB

Digital music/photo/video player

3 Reviews

Item # 472NAN4GBS

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Our take on the Apple iPod® nano 4GB

The redesigned four-gigabyte iPod nano keeps you entertained with music, videos and photos. Its durable brushed metal case houses enough memory to store up to 66 hours of near-CD-quality music, up to four hours of video, or a combination of your favorite songs, photos and movies. The large color LCD screen displays your images with clarity and vivid color.

The redesigned four-gigabyte iPod nano keeps you entertained with music, videos and photos. Its durable brushed metal case houses enough memory to store up to 66 hours of near-CD-quality music, up to four hours of video, or a combination of your favorite songs, photos and movies. The large color LCD screen displays your images with clarity and vivid color.

Apple's elegantly simple Click Wheel lets you zoom through menus and controls. The cool Cover Flow interface lets you flip through album cover art as if you were spinning them on a rack to quickly find the album you're looking for.

The rechargeable battery delivers up to 24 hours of audio playback or 5 hours of video playback on a full charge, so your iPod nano can keep the fun going.

Note: requires free iTunes® software download from

Product Highlights:

  • 4GB embedded flash memory holds approximately:
    • up to 3,000 photos
    • 132 hours of music at 64 Kbps
    • 66 hours at 128 Kbps
    • other bitrates supported
    • 4 hours of 1.5-Mbps video
  • plays MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF (uncompressed), Apple Lossless, and Audible files (formats 2, 3 and 4)
  • plays MPEG-4 and QuickTime video formats
  • displays photos converted from JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF and PNG formats
  • 2" color backlit LCD screen
  • anodized aluminum body
  • repeat, resume, and random play
  • docking adapter allows use with iPod docking accessories
  • notes reader
  • appointment calendar and contacts list
  • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
  • earbud headphones
  • dock adapter
  • built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery provides up to 24 hours music playback; up to 5 hours for video playback
  • weight: 1.74 oz.
  • 2-1/16"W x 2-3/4"H x 5/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer Requirements:
  • requires iTunes 7.4 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)
  • broadband Internet connection recommended
  • high-speed USB port
  • Mac OS X v.10.4.8 or later
  • high-speed USB port
  • Windows Vista® or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later

What's in the Box:

  • Silver iPod nano 4GB digital music player
  • White earbud headphones with 44" cord (stereo mini-jack connector)
  • White 41" USB cable (iPod Dock connector on one end and a USB Type A connector on the other)
  • White iPod dock adapter
  • Quick Start guide
  • Important Product Information booklet
  • 2 Apple decals

Great listening device.. I use it on my home stereo system and in my car, could not be happier.. Darryl

Darryl, Colorado Springs, CO.


Apple iPod® nano 4GB Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Great device

Darryl from Colorado Springs, CO. on 4/2/2008

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Great listening device.. I use it on my home stereo system and in my car, could not be happier.. Darryl



Apple iPod® nano 4GB

Bill from Knightdale N.C. on 1/15/2008

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Great Music storage!



Apple iPod® nano 4GB

Lincoln from Queens, New York on 12/26/2007

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I puchased this ipod as a Christmas gift to myself, and I thoroughly enjoy it. The sleek new compact look of the newly redesigned nano is outstanding. It blows the previous generation nano away, with it's bigger screen and ability to play movies and video for the same price as the old nano. The 4 gig hard drive has enough space for me. Currenty I have 250 songs, 3 half hour tv shows and 6 video games and I still have about 2 gigs of space left.




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Features and Specs

File Formats MP3
AAC/WAV/AIFF/MP3/Apple Lossless,/Audible
Voice Recording No
Radio Tuner Optional
Display Illumination Yes
Display Color Full Color Video
Equalizer Presets 22
Maximum Battery Life 24 Hours
Included Battery Type Rechargeable
Weight with Battery (ounces) 1.74
Width (inches) 2-1/16
Height (inches) 2-3/4
Depth (inches) 0-5/16
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Media Types
Built-In Memory 4GB
Built-In Memory Type Flash
Removable Media None
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output Earbud
USB 2.0 Highspeed
Other PC Connections None

Product Research

Audio Playback
Video 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: Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pac 2 or later
    • Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.4.8 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 7.4 or later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)

Design: The 3rd generation iPod nano features a super-slim design (6.5 mm thin) with a durable anodized aluminum top and polished stainless steel back.

Display: The 2.0" color liquid crystal display has a 302 x 240 pixel resolution at 204 pixels per inch and is 65 percent brighter than last year's model.

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.

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 4GB flash drive, capable of storing 1000 songs (4-minute song average--recorded in AAC format at 128 kbps), 3,000 pictures (iPod nano-viewable photos transferred from iTunes), or 4 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 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.

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.

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 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, video, pictures, and books, you can play one of three pre-loaded games on your iPod nano. The games that are available include Vortex, iQuiz and Klondike.

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.

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

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 is 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.

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.

Audio Playback

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 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.

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 Playlist. There is no limit to the number of selections you can put in the On-The-Go Playlist.

Cover Flow: 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.

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, 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

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

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.

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 3,000 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. 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 PNG.

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.

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