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One of the first generation iPod Nanos, it is compact, lightweight, intuitive to use and looks great - as well as being able to store a large amount of music. A great little mp3 player.

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      18.07.2012 15:49
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      A great ipod, sad it's not on the market anymore

      I bought one of these 8GB ipod nanos when I was 17...so 5 years ago, and I used it for roughly 4 years before it sadly broke. I think it's a really great gadget and here is why.

      The ipod nano is a really handy and practical item to own because it can be used for so many different things. I used to use it for listening to my favourite music when I was out and about, for lazy days on the beach and also when I went to the gym. I also owned a dock so I could play music in my room and for a teenager this was an invaluable asset.

      I first used it on a skiing holiday and fell in love with the practicality of basically being able to carry your music collection about with you. I'm going to explain in simple terms what I liked and didn't like about using it.

      - Storage -
      8GB was the largest sized nano that was available at the time I purchased this, they also came in 2 and 4 GB. Nowadays you can get much larger stores of music but at the time not having to carry CDs around and a massive walkman was totally revolutionary for me. 8GB was more than enough space for me to hold every album and song I wanted, when you plug it into your itunes it gives you an idea of how much space is remaining and this was a really useful tool. You can add and remove music at will from the ipod, without having to alter what is on your itunes, just with the simple tick of a box. I never had any problems with the storage capacity on this ipod and I would say 8GB is the perfect amount for the average music collection.

      - Design -
      At the time this came in 5 colours - silver, black, blue, green and pink. I chose the blue which was a really lovely very bright, almost turquoise, looking blue. It had a screen and all the other design parts were white (e.g the wheel and the top and bottom of the ipod). Although I love the blue metal on the outside it did tend to scratch quite easily which was a little disappointing. Also the white of the other parts had a tendency to get dirty of have smears on it which didn't look the best. This wasn't exactly make or break for me and obviously I still enjoyed using it.

      - Usage -
      The ipod nano was extremely easy to use. You have a hold button at the top which needed to be clicked into place in order for the ipod to be used. Then you simply use the central button to select and wound your finger round the dial to move through different songs or albums. You could click the four points of the dial to either skip back or forwards and pause or play. I think this design is really easy to use, even for the technically challenged, and also really practical in terms of what I wanted to do with the ipod.

      - Headphones -
      I was given a set of apple headphones with the ipod as part of the package, these come with every apple ipod/phone you buy as standard. The headphones are predominantly white which bits of grey on them. I use these for many years and eventually they began to fall apart, but generally I think they are very durable and easy to use. I know have apple headphones with remote assistance which I much prefer but these worked well for me. The only issue I did have was with being able to keep the ear pieces in my ears. I have always struggled with headphones of this type and invested in some over the ear headphones instead. I get the impression this is my personal issue because most other people seem to cope fine with them.

      - Charging -
      I always found the ipod easy to charge, I generally connected it to my computer but we do also have a charger that plugs into any socket which is useful. It usually took roughly an hour to charge which is pretty reasonable and the battery life lasted quite a few uses.

      - Death -
      I used the ipod for 4 years on and off before it finally broke. One day it just simply wouldn't switch on and no amount of charging could help it. This was obviously disappointing but I felt as though I got a good few years use out of it so I wasn't too disappointed. Apple generally seem very helpful so I imagine if this had happened earlier I might have had some help in finding out the problem. Because four years and many new versions had come and gone I decided not to bother, but I do believe they giv great service if you do have any problems.

      - Cost and Purchase -
      I bought the ipod from John Lewis. I tend to always go to them for electricals for two reasons. They endeavour to match or beat the cheapest price on the market so you can guarantee that you are getting the best deal out there. They also offer a 1 year insurance policy free of charge, if it breaks within the year the you can return it and they will do their best to fix it for you. As a result I always make sure I keep receipts, though I didn't have any problems until much later.

      Overall, a great little product that connects you to a whole world of music. I loved it.

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      06.11.2011 17:43

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      still a golden oldie

      You wouldn't think the second generation of the ipod nano is over 5 years old but its true and surprisingly its still one of the best compact mp3 players besides of course the newer generation of ipod nanos and suffles but for the price its one of the best out there. As you'd expect from apple its has the usual bells and whistles including games,a clock, a calendar and a address book basically all the stuff you'd probably not expect your mp3 player to have and of course it has the equalizers for rock,jazz,pop,classical etc to give your music a bit more oomph. It has a clear and crisp display which obviously tells you the details of the song but can take a while to scroll along the screen if its a long title. As most of us know you put your music on the ipod by syncing it with iTunes of your mac or pc via usb because these older ipods don not have wireless. My main problem with this is that after 5 years of usage mine seems unable to play some songs they aree totally random every time it gets restored.

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      17.10.2011 21:07
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      great design, best ipod of them all

      For my first review here on dooyoo, I thought id focus on a product which I used pretty much everyday for many years until sadly it broke on me, however despite this, it still remains one of my favourite products ive owned and I actually prefer the older nanos to the newer style classic that I now own.

      The design of this is just fantastic, the aluminium shell made from extruding aluminium in a kind of play dough effect is so precise and clean and the treatment of the aluminium means the case has a beautiful feel and colour, far better than if it had just been painted.
      The whole ipod is just so well designed and my favorite design from apple since the macbooks of late.

      However it cant just look good, it has to perform as well, and boy does it do that, I remember when these first came out, they were so thin in comparison to competitors, and still are all these years later. Mine was the 8gb version so held a fair amount of music which is also easily uploaded through the itunes software which is downloadable from the apple website.

      The audio quality is far superior from any other mp3 devices I had used prior to this device and also the full colour screen displays album are in very crisp colour. I think this is my favorite nano as it's a good size, I think they have become too small if anything now and you can really struggle to scroll through your songs using the click wheel.

      For me, this is still my favorite ipod and I would have one again if I didn't have too much music to fill several of these now, and unfortunately I now own the classic, but I do still prefer this, if you want a cheap little mp3 player and don't have too much music, then this would be a good buy as they can be picked up fairly cheaply second hand on ebay now, and are still up to date with technology.

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        08.10.2010 09:58

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        Great iPod for listening to music

        I have had my iPod nano for about 4 years now and it still works perfectly which says a lot when it comes to electrical products.

        It comes in quite a few different colours but I have it in black, it looks shiny and discreet.

        One of the things I really like about it is its size. It fits in any of my pockets and is very thin and light so is easy to carry about anywhere with you.

        I find it very easy to use as it is not a touch screen and so you just scroll the wheel to select a song which is very quick and easy. You can create your own playlists so it is easier to pick which group of songs you want to listen to.

        The sound quality is also very good although I have only used the headphones supplied with it so don't know what it would be like through cheaper headphones.

        I think this iPod is really good for people who just want to listen to music as it is a reasonable price and it does the job. The new ipod touch does more but you may not end up using half of it so might as well have bought a cheaper iPod.

        This iPod is 8GB and I have found that I never have enough songs to fill it so it is more than enough for me.

        You upload songs onto the ipod using itunes which can be a little hard to navigate when you are not used to it and I did delete all the songs on my iPod at one point but I now find it quite easy to use.

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        18.06.2010 23:09
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        Overall The iPod Nano is a really cheap good iPod

        I Have this iPod for a long time now about 3-4 years now i still use it alot.

        Who needs a ipod touch when you have a cheap decent iPod nothing really different only the touch is different i quite like this iPod im going to tell the truth its not as good as many iPod's.

        The sound quality is very good and clear too as good as any iPod sound quality is i was a bit surpised with it i find it great its really good!

        Mostly new iPod's are touch screen but the Ipod Nano has a scroll wheel i prefer the scroll wheel than touch my reason is because its quite annoying on the touch or other ipod's if you have loads of songs and the song you want is at the bottom of the song list with the touch you have to move finger quite alot of times, But with this all you do is move you finger about one or two times in a full circle then your there, Its easy!

        The iPod Nano is small and the weight is very light you wont even notice it is with you, Like other iPod's you can indeed fit it in you pocket.

        You can get many different colours with this iPod which is very cool but i picked the very sexy shining black its look's so nice with this iPod.

        The download speed is fairly ok with music i swear you cant download videos on this Ipod but i only use it for music.

        If you want a low price iPod pick this, It's the best cheap iPod you are going to get your hands on.

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        12.06.2010 23:06
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        It's been a good iPod to me for the last couple of years.

        A little bit outdated, I know, but i've had this iPod for the last 3 or 4 years, so I thought i'd write a review about it.

        I got mine from an electronics specialist (Curry's I think), and overall I'm happy with it. It has been, and still is my first MP3 player, and it does everything you need it to; play music, with an image viewer and a couple of games thrown in for good measure. This was obviously back in the days when that's all a MP3 player needed to do. The packaging was especially nice, a clear plastic box which suspended the iPod in the middle - designed by some smarty pants at a University somewhere.

        Good points:
        It plays music fine. The quality isn't great when coming out of cheaper earphones (as expected) but it does the job. It looks very nice, with simple controls that are very easy to pick up. I've never found the battery life to be too bad, but I've always been quite a light user. And with 8GB, it's more than enough for a couple days worth of music.

        Bad points:
        iPods have always been more expensive than other MP3 and media players. iTunes is extrememly annoying to use (it used to be annoying, I don't know if Apple have improved its friendliness yet). And you can only use it with iTunes, which meant I had to download it, update it's library with my music and then mess around sorting out my iPod. Also the iPod earphones seem to break very easily. And every now and then it can go a little haywire, and start turning on and off rapidly - at one point it deleted all of my music - but only required a quick re-sync.

        All in all i've been very happy with my purchase, but it's a bit outdated now so I look forward to getting a shiny new iPod.

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          07.10.2009 12:55
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          I'm not going to talk about the specifications in detail since you can browse it through the apple website and this review is going to be a bit personal.

          My experience with iPods. - Crap~~~
          I have to say that iPod is ok~, they are not that great to have. First iPod I had was iPod 3G and that iPod was ok until one day, the screen broke on me, so I got a repair from Apple since I was under the one year guarantee however, whenever I received it, it was already broken. So I sent it off again, and which then I received a normal iPod which actually worked. I used this until the screen broke AGAIN, which then I totally gave up and did not buy another iPod for another year. Then iPod Nano 2nd Generation came out and I was immediately stunned by its design. I didn't really care how much money I had in my bank and I just bought it for myself. I was happy with the product this time because it actually worked haha.

          NB, please get iPods from Apple Website or Apple Shop! I know that EBay is cheap and all, but half of iPods which are sold are not in guarantee or is not working properly. Also, the fun of buying it from the Apple Website is the engraving on the back. This does really make you iPod YOURS.
          When I received the product - I really liked the clear Perspex box that came with it. I didn't want to take the Nano out of the box. But then I eventually did because I wanted to listen to the music haha.

          The second thing I did - link it to the computer and start downloading it onto my Nano which took several minutes since I had a lot of songs. The whole iTune thing was quite hard to handle at first which was like couple of years ago, but now it's quite easy to handle. I didn't quite get the whole adding the folder and downloading thing which I had to read a manual for.
          The third thing about this iPod connection - when I got the old iPod 3g, I got the charger with it but with this Nano, I had no idea how to charge the battery until I had to read a manual saying that you can charge by connecting to the computer. This I found very inconvenient since I had to turn my computer on to charge this little Nano which also takes quite a lot of time.

          The fourth thing about this iPod Nano - iPod is a music player and I kind of don't get why apple had to add photo application on to it. Think about it, why do u want to browse photos while you are listening to the music that you are enjoying? Ok, maybe it's portable and you want to show the photos to people whenever you are outside but it's really unnecessary. Also, it's not like you can change the photos to anything and print it off through printer. I myself don't use photos at all. Also, I have never seen my iPod friends showing their photos through iPod.

          The fifth thing about this Extra section - as you know, on the game section, you can play solitaire, parachute, music quiz, Brick but the only game I play is Music Quiz. It is a time killing game. As you would know, but the purpose of the game is choose a correct song that is played during the game. I have played this game an hour straight and its addictive because the songs are those you have in your iPod and it is time limited and you get to urge to choose the correct song and somehow you get it wrong. I don't' play other games because the screen is really small and my eyes hurt since I have to squint my eyes a lot.

          The thing about the size, weight, dimensions etc - It's smaller than iPod Mini and other iPod series. The thickness of this Nano is really thin and it's really good the way you can't tell that you have an iPod in your pocket. It's also superlight but that doesn't mean that you can just throw your iPod since it's quite brittle. I also like the material used - its very smooth and almost feels like I'm handling a baby (you do need to take care of this Nano since it gets scratched easily).I think its wise to buy one of the plastic case for protection, it may make your Nano ugly but protection does come first. Good thing about the black one is that the scratch doesn't show much as the other Nano coloured ones.

          NOTE, no, this is ESSENTIAL - Bin the iPod earphone and get yourself a quality earphone and I'm begging of you too since iPod earphone is just not up to the standard. I have about 7 iPod earphones and 5 of them broke on me.........this really does tell you to get a quality earphone. Any earphones can beat the iPod earphone, even the 10 pounds one you get in EBay.

          The thing about 8GB? - We think that 8GB is quite small but I myself think that 8GB is a lot. Maximum of 2000 songs is huge also the fact that I don't store photos I can fully use the maximum amount of 8 GB. Currently, I have around 1000 songs and I don't think I have listened to all of them.

          The thing that really makes the iPod the THING - the touchpad, it cannot get any simpler. 4 buttons - Menu, Play, Back, Forward which does everything. I really like the feeling of scrolling up and down the songs. I do this scrolling every time I listen to my iPod, almost like an addiction which cannot be stopped.

          Another thing that makes this Nano the annoying - the battery life. I'm not going to say much since I think everyone knows but I have to say this - I charge my iPod roughly 10 times a week.

          Necessary for the iPod user (I'm guessing you already do) - since it's a touchpad, when you turn off the iPod, you really need to put the iPod in hold position. Even sometimes, I forget to put it in the hold position and I always hear my iPod playing songs on its own and next thing, my battery life is gone.

          Overall, Nano is a decent iPod and the design is super sexy. But I do think it lacks quite a lot for a MP3 player. I recommend this iPod Nano if you really love Apple but if you are looking for a decent MP3 player, then don't get it. I don't consider Nano as a MP3 player but more of a Portable Media Player.

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            30.09.2009 00:40
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            A good overall purchase

            On first appearances the ipod nano looks sleek and dinky, it has a clever shuffle wheel option system which allows you to move quickly through its menu and its screen is clear and attractive. However I have not found the nano the easiest gadget to use. To start off with I found downloading itunes and moving all my songs across a real pain in the neck. It took me about a week to sort everything out and itunes failed to move some of the songs over so I had to go looking for them and move them over individually which was a real pain. Moving songs onto the nano itself wasn't totally simple as well, unless I yet to discover the full array of options, I found the drag and drop style of moving songs quite arduous and time consuming. Once the songs are all on the nano it generally works well however I have found that if you go out running with the nano the 'shake' feature meant to move to a random song when you shake the nano can mean the song skips and you move off the playlist you set. This only seems to happen when I first drop the nano into my pocket before running however it can still be annoying and the function itself doesn't appear to work when you try to use it! Aside from this and the teething problems I have found with the software (might be more that I don't understand how to move songs effectively!) the nano has been good and the sound quality suprisingly good considering the headphones are free!

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              13.06.2009 22:22
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              A true nano classic

              Compact and elegant - I personally think the 2nd generation nano is better than its successors. it's just so functional. it weighs next to nothing. it's slim. it looks good.

              the best thing about this nano is how it feels in your hand. it's not too thin, not too thick - it's juct right. the edges are nicely rounded but not overly so. i don;t like the elipse shape of the later versions. equally i don't think the rectangular successor to this model was well desgined.

              you can't beat the simplicity of this unit. the screen is the perfect size for the information you want. no silly pictures - just the name of the song, artist and album.

              of course the colour battey meter is a nice touch, but when it's in your pocket who cares!

              this is affordable, and oozes quality. the matt black finish is incredibly smart. i love it!

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              14.05.2009 13:25

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              A great easy to use device to listen to music on the move

              I got a pink one of these 18 months ago for my birthday and it is great. Mine is hot pink which is a bright colour and I have been able to buy matching accessories for it (FM transmitter, docking station) in the same colour. It also came with earphones (which are still intact even though I was worried they would be too delicate) and a connection lead to connect to your PC. It has more than enough capacity for songs and photographs. iTunes is available as a free download and it is easy to manage songs, playlists and podcasts and then sync with the ipod. Newer versions have video capacity but I've never understood how people can watch video on a screen this small so don't see the point. They are available at a more reasonable price now than they once were. The battery life is excellent and it is easily charged by plugging into a computer or by purchasing a charger plug which makes it easy to charge when away from home. It is a good size - handy for fitting in a pocket or bag but not as small as other MP2s which may get lost in the bottom of a bagful of items. I have found it incredibly easy to use. There is also a games function including the card game patience - useful for boring waits in airports etc! All-round an excellent product I would definitely recommend.

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              19.03.2009 20:21

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              A great way to store your music and listen to it on the go

              There has been a lot of generations of nano's released but in my opinion the 2nd generation is, by far, the best. I bought my 2nd generation Nano a good 2 years ago and it has served me reliably and consistantly for the duration I've had it.
              In my opinion, it was a bargin when I bought it as even though it made me broke, the sheer fact that it had been faithful for two years makes up for the money i spend buying it.
              Unlike the ordinary Mp3's, the Ipod is extermely simple to use (also it you are going to buy it I would recommend you get the Itunes software with it as it is a very good way to store your music).
              8 gigabytes is a perfect amount of storage space allowing you store about 4000 songs.
              Overall, for anyone who likes to listen to music on the go this is the toy for you: good battery life, good amount of memory and as durable and as long lasting as you like.

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              14.01.2009 15:00

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              The best mp3 player on the market.

              Everyone owns an ipod right? If not, why not? I've tried lots of different MP3 players over the years and have not yet found one to better the apple ipod. The model that I own and have used for over two years is this, the second generation 8gb nano.

              I bought my girlfriend the first generation nano (review to follow) quite a while before this one was available and was very impressed with it. When it came to the time when I wanted to replace my trusty old mini-disc player (R.I.P.) I knew there was only one option; the ipod nano.

              Having a massive amount of music, I knew I would need the largest amount of memory available, at that time 8gb. The 8gb ipod nano was only available in matt black. I was happy with that as it was the colour I wanted anyway.

              Seeing as I'd helped my girlfriend with her ipod, I was familiar with itunes and how it worked so I had no problem on getting my tunes onto my ipod. The one thing which I was suprised at was the the ipod did not come packaged with itunes, customers are expected to download it form the apple site. I don't have my laptop connected to the internet so this would have been a major problem if my laptop had not come with itunes pre-loaded.

              The ipod nano is very easy to use with a large, bright clear screen and easy to operate menus.

              As I stated at the beginning of the review, my ipod has lasted over two years and I am only now starting to encounter problems. Every so often, it decides to re-set itself. This seems to be a random occurrence. I think it might just be time to send this to the scrapheap in the sky. I do know that it'll be replaceed with another ipod though. In my eyes, you can't go wrong with an apple.

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              08.01.2009 11:37

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              A fabulous little cutie!!!

              I must say, I prefer this to the iPod Touch to be honest, its smaller, more compact and so much easier to carry around and use.
              The thing with this is it plays your music like any mp3 player with a couple of extra features like photo viewing and games.
              The good thing about the iPod nano is that its perfect for taking with you when your walking, or at the gym (you can even get waterproof cases whcih you can put on the iPod so you can even take it in the pool!!!). If you've got a tape player in your car, you can get a tape which attatches to the ipod via a cable in the headphone socket, so you can play all your favourite songs in the car. Or you can get a radio transmitter which tranfers your songs through an FM site so you don't have to burn CDs with your songs on and you never have to cope with the annoying jumping of a scratched CD!!
              The iPod nano is fully coloured and has a brilliantly bright display to view your photos and album covers, the sound quality is fantastic. Its super thin meaning its even easier to pop in your pocket!!
              The iPod nano is great for people who want a great looking MP3 with a few added extras, and a great and easy to use viewing screen. And for people who travel alot on trains/buses etc. I really do recommend it!! :-)

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              Nice ipod, easy and enjoyable to use and good value.

              I've had my ipod nano for almost a year now. It was a Christmas present ast year. Never had an ipod before and being a bit of a technophobe wasn't sure i 100% 'got' them. I found the nano easy to use and the perfect size (about credit card and very slim)to slip into your pocket. I tend to use mine when out walking the dogs or riding my horses as well as on the commute to work and it's great. I'm a bit of a novice at these things but to me the sound is great and i've had no problems with it whatsoever. I find it holds pleanty of songs for me and is easy to navigate around it and find the songs you want or to create specific playlists. Overall i would say the nano is a nice and relatively affordable introduction to the world of ipods!

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              20.11.2008 17:24
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              not bad for a little one

              I got one of these from my parents a couple of christmase's ago but in pink. It was one of the newer ones therefore it had more rounded edges and was slightly thinner than the traditional ipod nano.

              Its very lightweight and comes with a charger and the traditional white ipod earphones though these do not last long and arent as loud so I bought new better ones for them instead.

              I have the 4gb model and am yet to fill it, mainly because I had problems with my pc not linking up to the ipod properly and therefore deleted most of my songs. However, a 4GB model should hold UP to 1000 songs, th 2BG holding only 500.

              The ipod is good and the touchwheel is very sensitive which I like. Though it does click alot and I preer to turn this off in the settings. However, I do find it sticks/freezes a lot of the time and I do have to keep reseting it (This is done by holding the top button in and middle at the same time till it resets).

              Apart from that its lovelly to carry around with me and looks good too. I do like the newer models but wont get one until this has totally broken as I dont see the point.

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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.