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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.