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      28.09.2013 21:41

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      Great little music player

      Got this when my first mp3 player stopped working and the memory wasn't big enough to hold all my music. Only 256mb!! Imagine having that now! We wouldn't dream of buying anything with such a small amount of memory!

      Big difference from my old mp3 player. I got the silver one as a Christmas present from my grandparents (this was a big surprise, usually I get scarves and magnets!!) I liked the slim design. Comfortable to hold and I could easily fit it in the pockets of my tightest skinnies without noticing it. Looks great. Personally I prefer this design than the others they've got out now- only screen or no screen (shuffle) The best part was that as I listened to music I could read the lyrics that I'd downloaded onto the iPod at the same time. This is important to me as I am Deaf and struggle to hear the words without a bit of help. The sound was very clear and with my headphones I had no complaints from other people. I didn't use the headphones provided. They were a bit flimsy. One thing I couldn't do with this that I could with my old mp3 player is delete music. I used to like to be able to delete a song once I'd decided that I didn't like it- I used to download songs till it was full then delete them as I listened to them on the bus, train etc.

      Great iPod. Just as good as the new ones.

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      10.09.2011 18:08
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      The ipod Nano is a must have purchase, you can download what you want to see and hear.

      I can remember when I got my first Apple ipod Nano. My teenage daughter and her boyfriend had both bought one each, and I was totally jealous. My daughter used to walk quite a way to work and would always go off, happy as Larry, listening to her ipod. I borrowed it once or twice and wanted one but always decided at £106 it was a rip-off.

      I was wrong. I bought a pink ipod (I know, at my age!) and absolutely loved it. If you like music, photos and podcasts you will love this. You download music/podcasts etc from your computer, connecting to the I Tunes page. What will happen the first time you connect your ipod to your pc is that it will take you to the I Tunes store, and then you can decide what you want to be on your ipod, bearing in mind you can have photos/videos/songs/podcasts delivered to your ipod, you just have to decide!

      Even if you don't ever download any songs that you have to pay for from I tunes you can download your own music from your pc onto the ipod, and the great thing about this is that you get the photos that appear for the artists on their own albums. I have also downloaded my own photos from my pc.

      I particularly like the podcast feature. On I tunes, click on podcasts and the world is your oyster, there are podcasts to suit anyone, I download whole audio books on mine and when I take the dogs out for a walk I listen to several chapters, the amount I listen to is determined by the weather!

      I lost my pink ipod nano and bought a new grey one, and downloaded my music etc from my pc. If your pc is on you can plug in the ipod to charge it up, but I bought an ipod docking station, and I charge my ipod on that whilst listening to it. The length of time you can listen to an ipod before it runs out of space is amazing, when I go out I put my ipod in the docking station and leave it on for my dogs (so they can't hear any outside noise and bark madly), I can come back in eight hours and it is still playing songs. I put on my own music lists, you can make as many playlists as you desire, the only thing that might get in the way is the amount you can put on your ipod, 2GB is not terribly large and you will have to decide between all the genres and decide what you really could not do without on your ipod.

      The earplugs that come with the ipod aren't very robust, but you can buy new earplugs very cheaply, even a pound in poundshops, and they are just as good. I have spent many nights going to sleep with my ipod and waking up still listening to music.

      The ipod is a very sleek design, slim but durable. It is only 3.5 inches long, so is very easy to carry in a pocket , perfect for when you are on public transport and don't want to listen to other people's conversations. There are several colours to choose from, as I lost my first ipod on the train I decided to go for a more mature grey colour this time. It is used by rolling your finger on the circular touch pad, you can roll it up and down but I'm not keen with this idea, it's so easy to keep missing the actual thing you want to use.

      You can buy an Ipod Nano for varying prices, I paid £106 for mine but they are able to be bought from ebay or Amazon for a lot less, also you can buy them second-hand. I love my ipod, it's great to listen to a podcast whilst I'm out and about, and the ipod is so discreet that I don't think people would realise that you have been transported to another world whilst listening to a podcast. Just be careful when you cross the road!

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      08.09.2011 22:07
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      A great little iPod

      The second generation iPod Nano is one of my favourites. It's pretty old now but if you can get one today that is still working well then I'd certainly recommend so. 2GB is not huge in volume but it's plenty for around 500 songs or so of average length. The lesser size just makes the iPod Nano cheaper, so depending on what you want the iPod for and how many songs you may want to store on it, this size may be ideal.

      The iPod is actually available in a few colours like the iPod Mini. I personally went for the silver version, as a guy, because you can't really go wrong! The iPod is really easy to operate as with the previous version. This iPod has a well lit colour display and a few more features than previous iPods such as storing photos on the iPod. I love the feel of this iPod - it is very thin and although pretty long, the width is small too. It's just 0.26 inches in thickness (or should I say thinness) and weighs 1.41 ounces, which really is nothing.

      You operate the iPod by using the scroll wheel and a thumb/finger as well as the buttons on this wheel and the centre button too. You can scroll through menus very easily with a finger/thumb and it's pretty smooth providing there isn't dirt on the wheel. The menu button at the top of the wheel can be clicked in to go back. There are skip buttons on either side with a play/pause button at the bottom. The centre button has the same metallic colour as your iPod, which contrasts with the wheel, and this is used as a select button.

      You can also lock the iPod to prevent buttons being pressed and your iPod functioning if it is in your pocket or bag. The iPod originally comes with the Apple Earphones as well as instructions and a charging cable, which plugs into a USB slot in any computer. It charges reasonably quickly but does take around 4-5 hours to fill it completely. The battery then lasts a bit longer for me when taking it out and about. Increased volumes, more use of the lit screen and playing games on the iPod uses up more battery and it goes faster.

      You can buy this iPod used for around £25-30 online. I'd still recommend it but make sure it does work well as after a lot of use, the iPod's functioning seems to go down hill as it becomes unresponsive to inputs.

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      26.07.2011 14:23
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      Durable and easy to use, but now outdated

      IPod Nano 2GB
      The iPod Nano 2GB was a first and second generation music player designed by Apple. It was designed to be smaller and less expensive than the large iPod classic. I currently own the 2nd generation version of the iPod Nano which was first released in 2006 and has long since been updated with new generations of the Nano. The storage capacity of the product was relatively low at 2GB and allowed me to save about 350 songs.

      Appearance
      The product looked stylish, mine was silver in colour predominantly with a white circular keypad which allowed me to select, play and access certain features. My Nano measured 9cm in length, 4cm in width and had had a thickness of 0.5cm. The product featured smooth edges at the side, with flat surfaces on the top of the product and the bottom of it. The top of the iPod had a hold switch which allows you to lock the iPod keypad. The bottom of the product featured a headphone port and a USB port for PC connection. The screen had a width of 3cm and a height of 2.5cm and featured a backlight. There is a logo of an Apple on the back of the product, and text below the product reading "iPod". There is also other information such as the size of the iPod and part numbers. All this text was in a special silver form which was indented onto the casing of the iPod. The casing was made from a mixture silver aluminium and white plastic.

      Features
      The product featured a few features which are now basic compared to the later generations of Nano which have been developed. You could design playlists, load photos, use a clock, calendar, notes, stopwatch, have a list of contacts, play games such as Solitaire, Parachute and Brick. There was also a music quiz game where the iPod would play a list of songs on your iPod and you had to guess what they were in a time limit. You could also shuffle songs so they would play in a random order. The games and features were pretty basic, but the main reason why I bought an iPod was to listen to music whilst I was running, not play games and upload photos and so on. The features were not great but were useful and I did from time to time play the music quiz game. The product also came with a USB cable for connection to a computer and some headphones made by Apple. The USB lead is still in usable condition today for me but the Apple headphones were cheap and low quality, and broke within about a month. The earphone cover snapped off and the electronics inside were just hanging out and would be dangerous to use, so I just put them in the bin.

      Durability
      The product has lasted me around 4 years now and I've never had to take it into repair. The aluminium casing is strong, it has numerous scratches and marks on it, but there is no serious damage. All of the software works well and all of the features are still working in perfect condition. There have been no software problems such as the iPod turning itself off spontaneous or the product freezing. So overall, the product has held up very well and has been a durable investment for me. I have noticed however that occasionally the iPod is difficult to turn off, it won't turn off normally so I have to move the hold switch for a few seconds, then move it back, then press the play button on the keypad and it will then finally turn off.

      Battery life
      The battery life is nothing special on the 2nd generation 2GB Nano, with the backlight on it would last maybe an hour or two before needing another charge. The battery may have depleted over the years but still, I would expect a good few hours of power before having to charge it even with the backlight on. What I now do is that I access the settings menu and turn the backlight off altogether. This saves a lot more battery power and my iPod can now last up to 4 or 5 hours without needing charged if I'm just listening to music and not playing any games.

      Storage Capacity
      The product was introduced in 2006 and was small and compact in size but also in memory too. The product could only store 2GB of songs and data which was advertised as up to 500 songs. I never managed to store that many songs so I think it was a misleading claim to make. I currently have around 350 songs on my iPod and can't get any more songs on as it takes up all the memory. I think most people will be in this situation as well, you will not be able to save anywhere near 500 songs on it. The latest generation Nano on the market is touch screen and similar in size to an iPod shuffle, it can store an amazing 16GB of data in its tiny size, which would be around 4,000 songs. Overall, the 2nd generation iPod Nano 2GB is small in size and has a low storage capacity.

      Pricing
      In 2007, I bought this product which was close to when it was first released. I believe I purchased it for £105 online which was a shocking amount of money considering you can now purchase directly from Apple.com, the new 6th generation Nano with the touch screen with 8GB of memory for £130. The price at the time was reasonable as I remember seeing my 2GB silver 2nd generation iPod advertised in one high street shop for £120 in 2007. But now due to advances in technology and a decrease in the price of electronics, you can buy the latest most up to date iPods for not too much more. As the 2nd generation model is now 5 years out of date since it was released and is no longer manufactured by Apple, to pick up a used 2nd generation model will cost you about £30 from eBay UK.

      Conclusion
      To conclude, my silver 2nd generation iPod 2GB Nano has served me well and has had brilliant durability with its tough aluminium casing. The features are quite basic compared to the latest touch screen 6th generation Nanos but if all you need is for it to play songs and maybe the odd game then the 2nd generation comes up trumps. However, I think the headphones that came with the product break easily, the storage capacity is tiny compared to the 16GB Nanos of today, the battery life is poor when the backlight is on which is annoying when you have to charge it up daily, the occasional problem of it not turning off easily, and the price of £105 in 2007 was incredibly high for just the 2GB of memory you got. If you want a touch of Nostalgia then look on eBay for a second hand 2nd generation model for about £30, if you want something modern, better and greatly improved then I'd highly recommend a 5th of 6th generation iPod Nano with improved memory, features and battery power. Overall, my old 2007 bought 2nd Generation Nano has served and is still serving me well, but is now outdated and outclassed.

      © Revo9 (2011)
      *Note, I am both a member of Ciao and Dooyoo.co.uk under the same username of Revo9*

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        11.03.2011 16:16

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        A useful piece of technology.

        I got the iPod nano about 4 year ago for Christmas. Since then there's only been a few instances where it has played up, but this is usually fixed by resetting it. The 2gb version can seem like a small amount of space to some, but for me I've still not filled it once yet. It comes with a few basic features, such as date and time, alarm clock, games and photos. The battery life is fairly good on it, but for me it is slowly starting to deteriorate, due to age I think.
        The actual iPod itself is slim, small and easily fits into a pocket. I put mine a protective leather type case, but only because I'm clumsy. Generally they seem to be sturdy things, but I suppose everything has got a limit.
        Overall this is great product, that is cheap and perfectly usable for anyone wanting to play music on the go. Of course there are more advanced versions, which allow you to play movies etc, but this is a reliable cheaper alternative. I'd be lost without mine, and would definitely recommend it to anybody.

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        30.06.2010 20:04
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        Does the job we want it to, there's no saying fairer than that.

        My iPod Nano 2gb was given to me as a Christmas present at the end of 2007. It's actually the most reliable bit of technology I've owned, and even when it's played up on rare occasions, I've found that the internet usually gives an easy solution to the problems that affect it.

        2gb may seem like a small amount of space when you consider that the average computer has 80gb or above of disk space, but it's a nice way to compact all of your favorite songs into one small space. The same can be said for any style of mp3 player or iPod, although I'm a fan of this classic design. It's small, nimble and happy and I don't think I need to get a newer version. Sure, this may not have any of the advanced features of future generations, but it does what it says on the tin and I never really asked for more.

        If you want an iPod and can't afford one of the latest ones, then if you can find one of these, I think you'll be pleasantly happy anyway. These things last quite some time - some people complain that the battery dies after a long time of use, but I've never suffered that problem - so if this is the only option open to you, there's no harm at all in picking one of these up.

        Sidenote: Of course, the new ones are fundamentally better. There's no question about that. These little music players serve us well for the fact that they play music which is the primary function and reason why we buy or are looking to buy them!

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        18.08.2009 04:26

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        Good to listen to music while keeping fit!

        My review is surrounding the topic of the Apple IPod Nano ( 2 G ) I believe that the IPods range is an extremely wide and magnificent one, but the 2G is one that i believe should be recognised for its greatness. The 2G comes in a wide range of colours and can hold up to 500 songs OR 12,500 photos as the 4G holds 1000 songs OR 25,000 photos. I think the IPods can bring very little down side like, the easily scratch able screen - yet safety cases can be purchased, the colour can be easily scratched also. Another great thing about the Nano variety is downloading music and photos to your IPods could never be easier using free ITunes. IPods' can be great tools for when you are trying to keep fit, with easily fitted strap ons to your arm or around your waist the iPod can be listened to anywhere and is one of the most portable ways of listening to your favourite music.

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        08.07.2009 13:22

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        An excellent music player!

        I got this ipod about two years ago for christmas. I was very impressed with it as i had never had one before and this was brand new at the time! It is very thin and compact and can come in so many diferent colours (i got it in silver) Although 2GB is not very big compared to some of the 160GB ones this still holds loads of songs! My currently holds 280 songs and 183 photos and yet still has 710 MB available. This is excellent as it has all the songs on it which i want! If you don't want to end up with about 6000 songs on your ipod and only have about 500 which you want to listen to then this is a great ipod for you!

        One dissadvantage of this ipod is that you cannot use it to watch videos on, unlike many of the other ipods around. After a while it many begin to freeze and need to be reset but this is not difficult and not a major problem! However this is very good value for money as you can now get them for around about £40! :O

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        04.07.2009 16:24

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        Definitely worth a look in for your first MP3 player, and at £42, why not?

        Tough, reliable and extremely useful. The iPod nano 2GB may not be the most modern of MP3 players, but it is definietley the best value for money. I got this for Christmas almost 4 years ago and it is still functioning perfectly fine, even though I take it into school everyday and I'm not exactly the most careful user of electrical goods.

        This iPod will hold 500 songs, which I find to be just the right amount for me, and I'm sure it is for many people. The menu's are incredibly easy to navigate with the circular pad and the 1.5 inch LCD screen with LED backlight is very clear. It only weighs 1.41 ounces and can be easily carried in your pocket as it is 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.26 inches. There are 24 hours of music playback with a charge time of only 3 hours. The iPod comes with a pair of headphones and a USB cable, and I must say the headphones are brilliant, being apple's own headphones.

        Apple are a fantastic company, and you can trust any of their products to work at full quality. This iPod may be "out of date" but at £42, then its a great buy for any music lovers.

        Product Details:
        Model - Refurbished iPod nano
        Storage and song capacity - 2GB (500 songs)
        Battery life - Up to 24 hours of music playback; up to 5 hours of slideshows with music
        Display - 1.5-inch (diagonal) color LCD with LED backlight
        Ports - Dock connector, stereo minijack
        Connectivity - USB through dock connector
        Charge time - About 3 hours (1.5-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
        Audio support - AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF
        Photo support - Syncs iPod-viewable photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only) and PNG formats
        Size (in inches) - 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.26 inches
        Weight - 1.41 ounces
        Included accessories - Earphones, USB cable

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        03.06.2009 11:49
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        Great ipod, perfect capacity for those who listen to a few albums repeatedly.

        I got this Ipod as soon as it came out. Pink colour.

        Great little Ipod, stylish design, much better than the old one, which i managed to scratch to pieces just removing it from its silicone case.

        Love the classic games, great for whiling away a few spare minutes.

        Colour screen is fab and i have loads of photos stored on it, just make sure you compress your pics down first then you can fit more on it.

        Stores more than enough music for my needs, i tend to update it with new stuff every couple of weeks. I used to borrow a friends Ipod which had thousands of tracks on it, and to be honest only listened to a couple of albums repeatedly. No need to spend a fortune on a bigger capacity thats not needed.

        Only bad things i have to say about this -

        1. i dented it within the first few days around the bottom edges. I only knocked it, wasnt like i threw it across the room or anything.
        2. The Ipod doesnt sit centrally on my Altec Lansing Speaker system. The speakers were designed for the first version of this Ipod and the new one docking point is slightly different alignment. Doesnt stop it from being used, just one of those little niggles that it cost alot of money and isnt perfect!

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          14.01.2009 19:28

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          A great product so easy to use and to upload songs. I would highly recomend!

          Apple have once again done a great job with this product. I bought my Ipod nano about a year and a half ago. I found it really easy to use and easy to hook up to the computer and the music quality is excellent. I also liked the photo feature as I found it really handy to show photos my friends and family. The battery life is excellent and the Ipod is very hardy, I ve had it thrown all around my car and left in the cold ect and it still works just as well as it did when I bought it! I ve also used my Ipod out running and it is excellent so consistent a cut above the rest. The headphones are excellent much better than any others I have had. I use my Ipod everyday in the car on the way to work and have yet to have a problem with it. I would definitely recommend this product definitely worth the money!

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          18.12.2008 18:43
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          I would be lost without my iPod Nano, I totally reccommend getting one.

          I've had many, many many MP3 players over the last 5 or 6 years. All of them have broken, had cracked screens, came with rubbish earphones or have generally let me down. Not my iPod Nano. It is the best portable music device I have ever had. Everything from the size and shape right down to the functions. It fits perfectly into any pocket without leaving a huge bulge and has long enough headphones so that you don't have to walk around bunched up when you are listening to the music. There are many features on there, from clocks showing the time all around the world, to photo storage features to games. I love playing the games when I can't sleep at night or when I am trying to pass time on the train or in class. My favourite one is where the iPod plays part of a song and you have to guess which one it is, it is alot of fun! I have had mine for 2 years now and the earphones have not broken yet, unlike my other MP3 players I've had in the past. There is a great shuffle function and a rating function, so you can choose which songs you like best/least on your iPod. The sound quality is great unlike alot of other MP3 players I've had. Also, the battery life is impressive, it lasted me a week of constant use when I went to Greece.

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          17.07.2008 01:03
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          overall impressed

          I have now had my nano for nearly 3 years now and it has rarely let me down. it is very easy to use with the jog dial. the software loaded is generally sufficient for an mp3 player, which after all spends most of its days in your pocket/handbag. it is very easy to load music from your itunes and even easier to rate the songs as and when your bored. battery life has never been an issue with mine. i can easily go for hours without recharging. the only problems ive had have been the locking up of the software which meant reseting it several times and the tiny tiny hold switch, it really is a good idea but could have been executed better. its just to fiddly. on a plus note again, it has been abused over the time ive had it and it has bounced back(pardon the pun) time and time again. recommend it to anyone

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          04.11.2007 13:26
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          Awesome piece of kit that deserves a round of a plause

          Initial
          I used to own an iPod mini but unfortunately it's battery life effectively died for good shortly after the warranty. It was a bit of a pain, but I was planning on a new mp3 player for a little while. I had doubts about getting another iPod considering how the last one failed me. It was either a risky iPod nano second generation, or possibly the new Creative Zen equivalent. After seeing the looks of the iPod and the Creative compared i decided to take a risk. Plus the attractive battery life on the iPod, hopefully more reliable, persuaded me. Plus I already had iTunes. So there you go, I picked the reasonably priced Apple player and was not disappointed as I will go on to tell you in this review.
          Looks
          Initially I loved the new look of the nano and i still do. Personally I prefer it to the old curved at the top, but as I owned an iPod mini before hand, the look was similar, but just a lot smaller. I was surprised at how small it was, as I ordered it off the net I had not held one or seen one before. To start with I loved how discrete the iPod is, but to date I have misplaced it quite a few times and struggled to find it, partly due to my looking skills, but also due to the nano's minute size. It scratches kind of easily but that's just in my pocket with loose change.

          Performance
          After a bit more use i've now realised just how useful 24hours of battery is. I think it was on low battery for about 2 weeks of usage before it finally gave in. I love it. The ingenious click wheel is excellent as always and the brighter screen just gives it that edge. Ease of use is perfect. I like simple and easy to work and thats exactly what this is. There isn't much I can fault it on really except the fact they don't do a black 2GB one. But that really isn't a big deal to be honest. How can i forget the sound quality. Even with the cheaper headphones you get with the iPod, it sounds good. But upgrade to a more expensive pair and you will be blown away.
          Value
          Well mine cost £100 and that was when it first came out. At the time it was slightly cheaper than most alternatives and I am very pleased with the outcome. At all the players at this level I can say with ease this is the best. I was put off the closest contender, the creative equivalent, due to the tackiness of the design unfortunately.

          Software
          As always the new iTunes is as easy to use as the old. Simple but effective I believe are good words to describe it. Downloading from the computer is easy and doesn't take that long either. Perfect for what I need it for.
          Other Hardware and Accessories
          The other wonderful thing about the iPod nano is all the accessories that can be bought as well. For example, turning your iPod into a radio is brilliant. Plus all the bright customisation and protection you get for your iPod nano is superb.

          Overall
          A great peice of kit. Recommended to anyone and everyone. I love it and I am sure you will too. Hope you enjoyed reading and found this really helpful. Five stars.

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            15.08.2007 01:45

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            great value,looks cool,get one.

            As a technophobe I have to admit even i managed to work this lovely gadget out.I now have about 300 songs which i add to or remove frequently.It has the facility to store photo's which i like.I was initially wary abut investing in a nano due to bad press.Mine is going strong with no problems after 18 months now.The nano can be personalised with a range of socks which come in an assortment of colours and materials.

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          Only 0.26 of an inch thin and 1.41 ounces light, iPod nano packs a lot into its diminutive design. A brighter color display. A dock connector that fits an entire ecosystem of iPod accessories. With features like these, iPod nano changes the way you experience your music and more.

          Finding and playing music on iPod nano is simple. Menu options let you browse by artist, composer, album, song, genre, or playlist. Want to mix things up? Click Shuffle Songs. iPod nano makes your music look as good as it sounds, thanks to a 1.5-inch color display. Album art appears alongside your song titles, so you see your music as you play it. And when you dare to wear iPod nano, that display guarantees you'll say a lot without saying a word.

          The iTunes Store features thousands of free podcasts - radio-type shows you subscribe to - including indie favorites and offerings from such big names as ABC News, Comedy Central, ESPN, PBS, NPR, and many more. Browse and subscribe to podcasts, then sync them to your iPod nano and listen anytime, anywhere. Podcasts appear in their own menu on your iPod nano, so you can navigate them easily.

          The digital shelves of the iTunes Store are stocked with thousands of audiobooks - including such exclusives as the entire Harry Potter series - so you can catch up on your reading wherever iPod nano takes you. Browse audiobooks in their own menu on your iPod nano. iPod nano automatically recognizes where you left off reading and bookmarks your place. You can even change the reading speed to suit you.

          iPod nano holds up to 25, 000 photos you can sync from your Mac or Windows PC via iTunes. Use the Click Wheel to scroll through photo thumbnails the same way you scroll through song titles. To see a photo full-screen, click the center button. You can even view photo slideshows, complete with music. Just select Slideshow Settings and choose the time between slides, the transition effect, and the music.

          Calendars, contacts, and the World Clock appear in the Extras menu, along with a few more handy items. Take the Screen Lock, for example. Spin the Click Wheel to choose a four-digit combination and protect your iPod nano from prying eyes. If you forget your combination, you can reset it at your next sync. Or use the built-in Stopwatch to log your best times. When it's finally time to play, iPod nano features four fun games: Music Quiz, Solitaire, Brick, and Parachute.