Monday, November 20, 2006

So, What Are Apple iPod Nano's? by Alex Rider

At this time of writing the iPod nano has its thinnest shape yet, 0.26 inches thick, 3.5 inches high, 1.6 inches wide and 1.41 ounces in weight. Available in a tough anodized aluminum case, colors are olive, blue, pink, black or white. This mp3 player also has a 40% brighter 1.5 inch display capable of detailed album art and slideshows, and there is 24 hours worth of rechargeable lithium ion battery life to boot. Three models exist, the 2GB, 4GB and 8GB, the cheapest at around $149, a max potential of 2000 songs in the largest storage model!
In addition to music iPod nano can house a staggering 25,000 pictures and play podcasts and audiobooks, all downloadable from the iTunes Store online.
Locating and playing music, or indeed anything else, is a simple affair. Various menu options can lead you, for example, by artist, composer, album, tune, genre or playlist. Songs can be mixed by utilizing the 'shuffle songs' option.
Podcasts come from all manner of places, from the well known to the obscure. ESPN, NPR, ABC News, Comedy Central, amongst many other names, are available to browse and subscribe to.
A huge variety audiobooks are on offer at the iTunes Store. If you want you can learn languages, read sci-fi's, or catch up on natural history, amidst the huge array of information available, everything is available within a few presses of the click wheel. A perfect way of getting into reading, iPod nano bookmarks and has an adjustable reading speed function.
Photos can sync from your Windows PC or Mac with iTunes to your iPod nano. Photos can be viewed in full screen by pressing the center button. Up to 5 hours of slideshows have time between slide adjustment functions and transition effects.
As extra features to this nifty device, the iPod nano has an array of useful tools like calendars, world clocks, a stopwatch, contacts pages and a screen lock to hide your secret four digit combination. Forgotten combinations are no problems since you are able to reset them when you next sync. Games such as Solitaire, Brick, Music Quiz and Parachute are there for when you want a fun challenge. Slow (1.5 hours achieving 80% battery capacity) and fast (3 hours for 100% capacity) charge time options are standard.
Menus are customizable, storage capacity can be checked, different languages and sound qualities are available. The number of songs residing on your nano, alongside the max volume and various graphic equalizer options and the backlight timer are modifiable.
The dock on the underside of the nano can be connected directly to stereo systems, and the address book can be updated through Outlook or Outlook Express on the PC. Windows system requirements are USB 2.0's, Windows 2000 with service pack 4 onwards, Windows XP Home or Professional with service pack 2 or later, and iTunes 7 onwards. Similarly, Mac specifications are USB 2, OS X v10.3.9 or later and iTunes & onwards.
All manner of accessories exist to make your nano experience yet more enjoyable. A stylish iPod Hi-Fi, nano armband, in-ear or lanyard headphones, dock, Nike+iPod Sport Kit, USB power adapter and radio remote are all available in stores.
A massive range of car companies and in-car sound system companies have teamed up with iPod to help you fully integrate your nano for a great driving experience, whether your car is brand new and already incorporates nano friendly features, or older and needs customizing.
I hope this information has been useful, check out the official Apple website for finer details.

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