Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Member Name: darren55
Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Advantages: Better visuals and ease of use
This is a review of the ipod nano 8GB, mine is black unlike the one depicted here, it is my third ipod and it would be true to say I love ipods. Anyway enough self-appraisal, what can be said about a gadget which will probably define the 2000's just like a Walkman defined the 80's or the portable CD player the 90's?
Ipods are the market leaders in personal music providers but now offer far more for than just a platform for music, the system requires the user to have their music as mp3 files stored in a file server called itunes. The ipod once attached to the itunes server can be easily modified for the music it can play, alongside any music from albums; the user can download a lot of material from the internet called podcasts. Podcasts are a form of data file which the user can download automatically upon subscribing to a website and the itunes directory downloads the latest file automatically.
Use of the ipod nano
My latest ipod is a nano, it is tall and thin rather than the previous versions which have been squarer shaped, the ipod is characterised by the screen at the top and the ipod wheel at the bottom of the machine. The screen is approximately an inch square, and is in colour with a 3D element for file searches, the scrolling for files or albums means that the album or podcasts art work can be seen which adds a nice colourful touch, especially for this user who can remember vinyl album covers.
As with all ipod's the ease of use is the key selling point, it is easy to use the scroll wheel to look up the file you require, starting with the first page the user can look for music, podcasts, change the time or date, photos or can go straight into shuffling songs rather than scrolling for a particular album or singer. If the user picks music he can choose between types of music, all the music by one artist, specific albums or just one song the choice is theirs. If the user is a podcast fanatic like me, then the podcasts often come with artwork and can be easily selected for. One useful tool is if the user wants to listen to something in chronological or release order, if the user clicks on the artist or podcast and presses the play button on the bottom wheel the ipod wil start from the earliest file in that directory and play on from there, if the user goes into the file directory then the files will start from the first one on the list and go from there (if this is a podcast then it will be the latest edition).
This ipod differs from the previous ipods in that it has an integrated and user friendly radio which can be accessed if the user inserts headphones and selects for a radio station, this feature is new to me and is useful whilst travelling on the train or bus. There are better acoustics and screen resolution so the ability to watch a film or TV programme is much improved compared with earlier models.
Overall, once again happy with my ipod, I think it's the best personal music provider on the market at the moment. I suspect though that its time is starting to come to a natural conclusion and that with the advent of music on mobile phones that a dedicated music device will be a thing of the past inside the next 10 years or so but we will see.
Summary: Still a classic design
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