Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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I love my i-pod
Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Member Name: bluejules
Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Advantages: Great design, small, easy to use
Disadvantages: Battery life can run out when you are on the move.
I have wanted an i-pod ever since they first came out. I saved up several times and whenever I came to buy one I either changed my mind or bought a cheap mp3 player instead so that it didn't use all the money I've saved. Four mp3 players, and a much bigger interest in music later I finally decided to purchase an i-pod. I've now had my i-pod almost a year and I'm so pleased I decided to invest in it!
I decided to buy my i-pod because I was going down to Milton Keynes on the coach to visit my friend and I thought it would be good to help break up the journey.
I looked online to see how much they cost and where I could one from. As I had decided I really wanted one and I wasn't feeling very patient I decided to buy mine from Argos in my hometown. The day I bought mine I got a pouch to keep it in for half price.
== What is an i-pod? ==
For those of you who aren't into technology and haven't been paying attention to the world, an i-pod is a small device which allows you to save music to and play it back either through headphones or a speaker. They are made by the company apple and come in a number of different types now. This is a review of the 4th generation Nano.
They come in a large range of colours so I'm sure you'd find one that suits you :) I chose purple and I love it :)
== What can I do with it? ==
Obviously the main function of an i-pod is for listening to music, and that's the sole reason I bought mine. You can also watch videos on the i-pod, which you can download from i-tunes. You can also put photos on so you can carry them around with you :) I really like this idea as I LOVE photos! I have a few photos of my nephews and niece on so that I can see them wherever I go :) I would imagine this uses lots of space so I haven't got lots of photos on.
Playing music is easy. You can play music by artist, CD or you can set it to shuffle so that all the songs are played in a random order. I have it on shuffle most often as it means I can listen to a little bit of everything without having to decide what I want to listen to (I'm rather indecisive sometimes!)
I used to use my i-pod when travelling on the bus, it's an ideal size for transporting around and there's a lock button on the top so that you don't accidently change the song/switch it off when you are listening to it.
I got a speaker system with docking station for Christmas so now my i-pod has replaced my CD player and it lives on my bedroom windowsill. I listen to it everyday and don't know how I managed without one for so long!
Changing between songs is easy, you can just press the button on the wheel. Use of the wheel took me a little while to get used to but I find it easy to use now. It only took a couple of attempts before I got the hang of it.
The 8GB i-pod can hold up to 2000, which so far is more than enough for me. If this isn't enough for you, there is a 16GB version too.
When you download songs from i-tunes you get a picture of the album cover and when you turn the i-pod on it's side you can scroll through the pictures to see which one you want. If you put a CD on you just get a musical symbol so this feature is only good if you download music from i-tunes. I don't use it much but I think it's quite novel.
== i-tunes ==
i-tunes allows you to download music from the store as well as put your own CD's onto your i-pod. Using i-tunes is easy. I have a combination of downloaded songs as well as my CD collection on my i-tunes. It's easy to sync the songs onto the i-pod to enable you to listen to the music.
== Battery Life ==
I don't know the exact playback but when I was using it as a portable music system I'd get about a working weeks use out of it. Listening to it about 2 hours a day (so approximately 10 hours) - letting it play through, not selecting songs. If I selected songs a lot by flicking through them all it wouldn't last as long.
If you turn it off for a bit when it's getting low in battery, like most battery operated things it re-charges itself slightly.
When I was on holiday I listened to it most days for at least an hour (my dad borrowed it sometimes too) but it didn't quite make it the week. I didn't take a charger with me.
== Charging it ==
You can buy a charger so that you can charge it on a mains socket but it comes with a lead to connect it to a USB and charge it through the computer which is what I do. My docking station charges the i-pod so I never need to charge it when I'm playing through the speaker. I believe it takes about 90 minutes on the USB connection. When it's charging at the computer you can use i-tunes and put songs onto the i-pod etc.
== Sound quality ==
I've found the sounds quality to be really good, both through speakers and earphones (that came with the i-pod).
== Other ==
If you buy your i-pod direct from apple you can get it engraved free of charge. I didn't buy from apple so mine is not engraved but I think this is a nice idea, especially if you are buying it as a gift.
The 5th generation i-pod is out now which has replaced the 4th Generation. The 5G has video camera capabilities but looks just like this one. My dad loved mine so much he wanted one of his own, so my mam bought him one for Christmas (a 5G one though).
The 5th Generation nano's are available from many retailers including Argos, Amazon and of course, Apple directly (around £118). 4th generation nano's may be available second hand.
Note - myshoppingrewards.co.uk gives cashback (4% I believe) when buying from apple direct.
I thoroughly recommend the i-pod nano. I love mine and wouldn't be without it now. It's so much better than having a CD collection and having to change CDs everythime you fancy a change. (that said I do still buy lots of CDs as I like having the CD in my hand rather than a downloaded version - incase anything goes wrong with technology! So far so good though!)
Thanks for reading! x
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