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      09.01.2013 15:15

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      Great for any casual music listener!

      I was given this Ipod by my sister as she had upgraded to an Ipod Touch. I had yet to buy any form of Ipod and was looking into getting an Ipod touch also but I glady accepted this one as I was given it for free. Let me tell you, this Ipod is excellent! Its small size makes it ideal for the everyday music listener to carry around in their pocket. I used it day in and day out and it was never a pain to carry around, in fact I possitively enjoyed the fact I had this device on me. I could now listen to music without the burden of lugging around my chunky walkman I had been using up to this point. My next favourite feature is the easy to use control circle. It is simple and easy to use and allows the user to select tracks, albums or artists at one easy swipe. It can also be used for volume controls. The sound quality is good. It's not amazing but it is perfectly adequate enough for the every day music fan although those who are music enthusiasts may wish for a better quality sound. The 8 gig memory is perfect for someone who only wants to store about 800 songs or so. It is nothing to shout about though if you have thousands of songs as they wont all fit. The battery life is great when you first get it. It wil last for 3 or 4 days of use assuming you use it four 2-3 hours a day. However, after a couple of months this will drop to about 2-3 days. This happened to me after using mine on a day to day basis. I found that this was not much of an issue as the charge time only took about 4 hours which is great because you can just charge your ipod over night. The use of Itunes with this Ipod was average. Downloading Itunes onto your computer depends on the speed of you computer. Transfering songs onto the Ipod is quite slow though. I'm talking 2-3 minutes per album which can be frustrating if you with to download 5 or 6 albums. To conclude, I would suggest this Ipod to any music fan who liked to listen on a daily basis. However, if you are a serious fan who wants to store lots of songs, you may wish to go for something with a larger memory!

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      16.12.2012 02:36
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      Perfect for the iPod basics such as music and podcasts, not so good in the finer details.

      The 3rd generation iPod was the first, and only, that I have ever owned. After 4 and a half years of use, it's verging near the end of it's little life but not after being thrown around, trodden on, put through the washing machine, you name it. And when I finally retire it? I'm going to buy myself another one (possibly in red this time). For me, this iPod is perfect- small yet easy to use, a decent amount of memory for roundabout 1,000 songs, can play videos, games, podcasts and music. It's a very good all-rounder if you don't have enough to fill a Classic, and can't be bothered with the touchscreen antics of the newest generation. The main reason I'm keeping to the third gen. is the design. It's size and shape is aesthetically pleasing and very practical, unlike the next gen in line (featuring a screen that curves outwards, so will be what hits the ground first). Small enough to fit in my pocket as I go about, but not so small I'm constantly losing/ scared I'm going to break it, or so big that it gets in the way. The screen may be only 2 inches, but doesn't feel crammed; the text is easy to read and can fit a good number of songs etc. on the screen at any one time. In terms of endurance, it also fairs quite well. Dropping it etc. will not break it, although nicks and scratches show up very easily, and the chrome side will very soon become akin to a spider web. Over time, the sensitivity of the click wheel diminishes, scrolling becomes sticky and slow, and some of my buttons have stopped functioning altogether (although it is quite old). Keep in mind, however, that my iPod literally goes with me everywhere and is used daily. I'd be surprised if it hadn't aged a little. The iPod itself is fairly easy to use, and while the clickwheel can take a bit of getting used to if you haven;t used one before, becomes fairly intuitive. Although you can't set any of your own shortcuts, little tricks such as holding the menu button to reach the main screen sure do help. Apple offers a fair bit of customisation with the menus in this product, allowing you to add and remove features to your hearts content, such as putting playlist shortcuts on the main page, or taking them out. Options such as setting the brightness levels also allow your ipod to be as power-hungry as you like, although it would be nice if there were some preset power plans already in place. The cover flow was used extensively in advertising this product, and while cool to look at, quickly tires. Unless you have your albums perfectly organised, half your covers will be grey, with multiple album covers for the same album due to slightly different spellings, or different artists. This should be cleaned up in my opinion, but can be easily bypassed by using the other selection modes. These include 'artist', 'song' and 'album', allowing you to play a specific set of tracks according to your mood (there's a genre section too, but again relies on how well your library is organised). Playlists can easily be added into your iPod under the 'playlists' menu, and whilst the only one you can make outside the computer is 'on-the-go' can hold a good many. The on-the-go playlist itself I find to be repetitive and in need of more work. Requiring you to trawl through your songs and 'select' ones you want in a playlist, it sounds good, but has its pitfalls. Selecting your songs one at a time becomes frustrating, and whilst you can add entire albums, the process is temperamental to say the least. However, if you can get it to work on-the-go playlists can be quite useful. The menu system works pretty much the same with games, podcasts etc. so no problems there. There are various methods you can use to shuffle songs as you're playing them too- using the main 'shuffle', shuffling within album, artist, genre etc. which can be used to cater for any particular whim you are feeling. The rating system is easy aswell, however it doesn't instantly upload to the 'top rated' playlist in my experience, needing you to sync it with your itunes library first. Additional sections you can access whilst listening include lyrics and artwork, which just feel a little like add-ons, and don't really contribute to the product as a whole. This iPod is well supported by Apple in terms of podcasts and similar products- there are a vast range available on the iTunes, store, and you can play videos too of course. Being released before Apple's gaming apps really took off, the games for this are lacking, but then again it's not really suitable to game on anyway: the clickwheel offers a limited amount of controls, and the iPod is prone to crashing a poor performance. Best to leave that to the iPod touch. This iPod is pretty decent at playing videos, although the small screen size means many wont be a perfect fit, but again it is quite an old model. I wouldn't recommend it for shows or movies, but small video podcasts are perfect for using the video player in small bursts, as you're not spending too long squinting at that screen.

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      27.09.2012 17:38

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      Great product, easy to use and carry, perfect for any music lover.

      I bought this product a few years ago and I still really enjoy it and it still works perfectly. Although a lot of people have now opted to go for the newer models or iPod touches, I would definitely recommend this iPod, especially if like I do, you already have a phone you can use for apps and all the other stuff. I have this product in bright pink, and although this sounds very bright or garish and not the best colour to choose I love it because its metallic and contrasts extremely well with the white touch pad and the headphones. Probably the best thing about this iPod is the size of it, this is because it is so easy to carry around, fits in any pocket and because I use the product a lot when I run, fits easily in a running armband as well as my phone and other items. The screen is also great as it is clear and although it is small, pictures and videos still look great on it. Also having 8GB of memory is great as all my music and images fit on with space to spare. An overall great product, and out of the all generations I've had I would definitely recommend this one.

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      04.07.2012 13:36
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      Great ipod

      I had a 2nd generation ipod nano a few years ago and got rid of it as I just never used it, and started using the music player on my phone. We got married recently and decided to have music on an ipod duing the wedding breakfast so I found and purchased this ipod on Ebay for £30. I was SO pleased that I did, and can honestly say that I am loving having an Ipod back in my life! It was SO easy to put all of our wedding music into a playlist, the venue simply plugged it in and away we went. It also meant that we had music to listen on the plane on our honeymoon. As we were staying in nice hotels as well, we had ipod docking stations so were able to listen to our wedding music whilst we were away. The ipod is really easy to use, easy to get music on to and has some quite fun functions on there too - including a few games. I would happily recommend this Ipod to anyone looking for a cheap and easy way to listen to their music.

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        26.01.2012 14:09

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        10/10 - best MP3 player i have ever purchased.

        I bought myself the pink 3G ipod nano a few years ago now when i first started working full-time. Its small, good looking, great memory, easy to use and girly. Its 8GB which means with all my fav songs and few films on there i still have space for more. I can listen to it on the go, in my car and through speakers in my room. perfect all round. Its still going now even after the 1 year warunty has run out, which is impressive to me. the battery life is good too. All i had to do was plug it into the laptop via USB and follow the instructions. was using it within an hour. I have no need to replace it and still use it even though i have a new I-Phone. The best thing i could have done was buying it in pink, as it stops my boyfriend from pinching it! :) Ideal!

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        06.01.2012 08:47
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        Good product, give it a go.

        **Why I purchased the item** I bought myself an 8Gb iPod Nano in approx. 2007 after my first 2005 iPod classic died a grim death. Compared to those early iPods, this was a revolution. The screen had colour and you could play games on it. Now of course, this product seems so outdated compared to the iPod touch and iPhones that are available. **The size** I specifically downsized from the chunky iPod classic to this small, palm-sized and thin (approx. 1cm thick) iPod Nano so that I could listen to my music as I wandered about. The iPod classic was so much bigger that I wanted something slimline to put my music on. I would say that this size is much better for people who do exercise as there are special arm bands that you can get to strap onto your arm which hold these size mp3 players so you can run and exercise at the same time. Running with an iPod classic stuck to your arm really isn't practical. I can therefore see why these might still be popular today. The screen is a decent size compared to the size of the device. It is also a colour screen so you can watch TV show episodes on the device if you have them downloaded from iTunes. **The capacity** I find that the 8Gb size is big enough for the every day music I want to carry around with me, take to work etc. I did find that as soon as I put two or three audiobooks on the device plus music, it started to fill up quite rapidly. Therefore on a 2 week holiday in the sun, the songs I listened to became quite repetitive as there were only around 1500-2000 songs that could fit on, sounds like a lot but it isn't if you listen to it all day, every day in the sun. **The style** This generation of iPod Nanos come in an array of colours, in my opinion, the silver and black look the sleekest and some of the coloured Nanos such as pink and turquoise can look slightly tacky. The back of the item is silver and not scratch-resistant. You definitely would need a cover or expect the item to be scratched an unbelievable amount. The front is scratch-resistant, Apple now seem to have taken note and have ditched the silver-backed products that they churn out. **The features** As I mentioned earlier, this was the first generation of coloured iPod screens so in that capacity, it was revolutionary. Now, however, perhaps a coloured iPod screen is less impressive as they are typically standard on all mp3 and mobile devices. Also, this was around the time when iTunes allowed photographs and games to be downloaded to mp3 devices, making it a good all-rounded. I guess in "those days", it was the beginning of what we now know to be the Apple app store. **The quality** The quality of Apple products, in my opinion give the impression of high quality items. They seem to be well made. However, in general I find that they are not built to last, my iPod classic and iPhone have both died after about 2 years. This little Nano is still going strong, but perhaps that is because I don't use it very often. I tend to use it when I go on holiday so I don't have to take my iPhone to the beach. I don't mind the nano getting scratched so much as it is now worth very little in monetary terms. I guess the Nano remains a good quality item. **To summarise** The iPod Nano 3rd Generation is a nicer shape than the taller, slimmer Nano models which are sold today. It doesn't feel flimsy and can be picked up cheaply, probably on eBay these days. The size of it is the main draw for me and the fact it is good for exercise as it is light and compact and definitely not chunky. Overall it has been a good little mp3 player for me for the last few years.

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        30.12.2011 21:31
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        Buy an IPod and never go back!

        I have owned a 3G 8GB IPod Nano for around three years now, and have never looked back. I remember using old MP3 players when I was young, and the frustration they would give me as they ran out of battery so quickly, or even slowly fell apart from just normal use. I can safely say that I love my IPod and this is why: -Usability- Since I have bought my IPod I have loved the usability of the scroll wheel. The only issue that I have ever had with this is that it occasionally sticks and either scrolls when I don't want it to (I am trying to press a button) or I try to scroll a little to adjust the volume and it sticks and whacks it up to the max. A slight little niggle I will agree but I can put up with this for its superior performance for most of its use. -Build quality- I can safely say that my IPod has stood up to everything that I have thrown at it superbly. Okay it now has a few scratches on the back of the metal case, but the screen is intact, it has not dies on me yet and the battery, although not as new, still has lots of charge left in it. The product feels very sturdy and should not stop working on you if you treat it well. I haven't even needed to put it inside a case. -Storage/Syncing- This 8GB model actually holds around 200ish songs less than the 2000 that it says it will. Not exactly sure why this is, but it still holds all the songs that I need it too, and it will certainly take a long time to listen and get bored of 1800ish songs. So ample storage I find. The IPod automatically syncs with ITunes which is very handy to just set up with a playlist and update that just every now and again. I will accept that not everybody likes and gets on with ITunes but I find it simple and effective for my needs. -Games- There are a few simple games included with the IPod, quite basic and hard to focus properly on a small screen but great for amusing small kids, or when bored on the bus or even in the odd lecture. -Sound Quality- Out of all the portable music players that I have tried over the years the IPod has by far the best sound quality. The only downside is the headphones that come with the IPod. After changing them for a decent pair of sennheisers however I had sweet, sweet music in my ears. -Overall- This is the best portable music player that I have ever experienced, and the fact that you can get them really cheaply online or even off EBay now is a great bonus. The player plays music, photos and videos really easily. The only downside is having to use ITunes (a downside for some) and that it comes with frankly cheap and nasty headphones. But these are easily replaceable and the fact is that once you buy an IPod you will never buy anything else again.

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        29.09.2011 15:40
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        Ideal compact MP3 player, but you will need better earphones

        I've owned my iPod Nano 3G (8GB) for 4 years now. It was bought for me as a Christmas present in 2007 (not long after they were first released) and I still use it regularly to this day. The 8GB model claims to be able to hold around 2000 songs, but I feel this is based on either short and snappy Beatles songs, or at the most, a 3:30 radio edit of a track as an average. In practice I feel about 1700 songs is more accurate. Syncing with iTunes is relatively simple and painless, and the tracks are organised on the iPod in a well-structured and intuitive way. It's easy to navigate, choose your playlists, and switch between albums with a flick of the wheel. My pet hate on all Apple products is the inferior sound quality provided by the earphones (see my recent review of Sennheiser earphones for more on this). However, this is in no way a reflection on the sound quality offered by this iPod unit. I almost immediately discarded the earphones which are included in the pack and used another, better quality set, with great results. In terms of reliability, it has been brilliant. I invested in a small compact leather case to protect it (which I would highly recommend) but it has withstood being dropped and knocked countless times, having various beverages spilled on or near it, and 4 years of almost constant use. The only issue I have encountered more recently is that the navigation wheel (used to scroll through songs and menus, and to adjust volume) occasionally 'sticks'. This means I can nudge the volume up very slightly only for it to keep going all the way up to maximum and almost blowing a hole in my eardrums. There are a few basic games included on this Nano too, but I never really spent any time playing on them, so can't comment fairly on their quality. What I can say is if the games weren't there, it wouldn't detract in any way from the quality of the product!

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          25.07.2011 13:10
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          A neat little nano with lots of big features!

          Ok so I know I am a bit late to be writing a review about this particular nano, given that there are a wealth of other iPod products (and nanos) available now. However, the reason I have never upgraded from this wee iPod is because not only is it nigh on indestructible but I also prefer the square shape of this nano to the newer more elongated versions. I find that this one is tiny enough to be slipped into my pocket when I'm at the gym or cycling around, without digging into my leg and the screen is more or less the same size. The 8GB version holds about 1500 songs, which is more than enough for me, but if you have a big music collection you may want to spend the extra money and get an iPod with more memory. I've also been able to load tv programs and movies onto this iPod, and download my TED.com podcasts and talks, which keep me entertained on my morning train ride. Granted 8GB isn't a lot of room to be doing this, but I find it adequate, seeing as I change what I want to watch quite regularly. The screen is small, but I find watching various programs on it ok when on the go. As always the earphones that come with this iPod are pretty rubbish and as with every other one I have owned they broke within 6 months. I just buy a cheap version to replace them as I find the apple earphones a bit expensive (about £20) for how long they last. In terms of controlling your songs on here, you have the classic iPod wheel (ubiqutious until touch screens came in) and navigating is really straightforward. A neat feature with this nano is that you can rate your music (out of 5 stars) and then set all you 4/5 star songs to play in a shuffle mode, which is quite useful if you're docking into your car for a long drive. It means no more searching for your fav songs. All in all I love this nano and I will only replace it when mine has finally given up the ghost...but I'm on 4 years and counting now and I never leave home without it!

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          07.07.2011 15:19
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          Fantastic product!

          I bought the iPod Nano 3rd Generation to replace my old mp3 player which I didn't get on with at all. Like all Apple products, i found this iPod really user-friendly and it has so many good features. The ability to have album art makes it more appealing and allows you to recognise songs visually as well as just by name. I've now had this product for nearly 3 years and I have never had any problems with whatsoever. I can't believe it's still working as it was when I bought it. The battery life is still good which, considering how much I've been using it, surprised me. I thought by now I'd be having to charge it constantly! The only thing I have had to replace is the headphones that came with the iPod but I think this is a fairly common issue with Apple headphones. However, these are easily replaceable and don't cost much. Overall, although this product is now fairly old compared with Apple's latest products, I would definitely recommend it. If Apple's newest products are of similar quality and durability then I would not hesitate to upgrade to one of them.

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            16.06.2011 08:14
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            A good buy, definitely recommended.

            I got this ipod about three years ago for my birthday as a present from my mum. I saw it for the first time and thought it was a little small for an ipod but it was my first one so I never really had any experience. I would have to say the best thing about this is the level of quality and sturdiness. I think I must've dropped it about a billion times not to find one single scratch of crack, it works and looks like it's brand new. The colour of my one is pink with a white navigation router in the middle. It is very noticable and holds a very large amount of data. The first thing you see when you turn it on is the apple logo and the navigation menu where you can either watch videos, listen to music, podcasts or games. My version of the ipod is the third generation 8gb. An 8gb ipod holds around 1500 songs without any other data. The ipod is a product of apple and was released in September 2007 with a software update coming around 5/6 months after release date. I was a bit late buying mine but I knew I wanted it and my mum was prepared to buy it for me. The ipod can only be run with the use of a computer and itunes (also a product of apple). In order to add songs to an ipod you must have a working pc and itunes where you can choose the "sync" option and convert your media from your computer to the ipod. This generation on apple ipod is referred to as the classic. I think so many people see this as the best one as it is the most purchased. I have quite a few episodes of friends on my ipod, this takes up sufficient memory, but it's worth it on long journeys and on the train or just general travelling. The battery life on the ipod can last a few days if you don't overuse it, I find that the lead is a little annoying to use as when you put it in the computer it is a little wobbly and not sturdy. The ipod comes with the standard apple headphones ( look in another review for full details) and they are very long and are pretty bog standard headphones which are used universally. The ipod itself is very thin and portable which makes journeys easier.You can buy an apple product like this for around £150 but for a larger memory the price is sufficently more. Overall, I think that this is a good product which is well known universally for it's memory, sleek design and overall good use.

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            23.03.2011 10:16
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            In the market for a Nano? Look to the past!

            The first iPod I owned was the previous Nano and boy is this an improvement! The ability to watch video is a fantastic addition and the widescreen display is surprisingly comfortable to watch, with the highest PPI of any Apple product (at the time of release). Photos look fantastic and the slideshow function works pretty well. I believe there's also a TV Out option, allowing you to view these on the big screen, but I've never made use of it so can't comment. The music sounds as expected and there are a number of equalizer options to customise your listening experience. The 8GB HD might not be enough for some, but I never really had any trouble with it. But where the iPods really shine is in the interface & physical design. The menus are a dream, organised incredibly intuitively and the option to change what's on the main menu is very useful if you're mainly listening to one kind of audio - I put podcasts front & centre for example. Coverflow looks beautiful on the display, though the covers do occasionally take time to show. The clickwheel's sensitivity is just right, allowing you to navigate the menus with astonishing speed once you get used to it! Everything fits together perfectly, giving a flush feel & gorgeous aesthetics to the whole package. It's also surprsingly durable: as a pretty clumsy guy, I've dropped mine more times than I care to recall, and the machine still works as new (Albeit with a few dents and scrapes!). Now I know that this is 3 generations behind the current Nano, but I genuinely believe this is still a viable purchase; the new Nano may be touch screen, but it's lost video playback. While a touch screen is nice, I think that functionality is really more important overall! I truly love the look of this generation of Nano - if you don't want to pay the hefty price tag for an iPod Touch, then I would seriously look at getting one of these for the insanely low prices they're selling for now.

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              27.01.2011 13:25

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              Purchase for a nice little portable music device if only have a selected number on music.

              I received this iPod for a present around the time it came out and was thrilled with it as it was my first iPod and, at the time, was very up to date. Before having this iPod I had always used cheaper mp3 music devices to portably listen to music as I had never had the money myself to buy an iPod. This is one of the reasons why I was so thrilled and I still use this iPod today as it is still smart, stylish, fairly easy to use and still kinda up to date. The design of this iPod I personally really like as it has a sharp look to it whilst keeping its small size but relatively big screen to view videos and photos. The new nanos are longer in length and although they have a larger screen they seem more uncomfortable to hold whilst selecting music etc. I personally have the white version of this iPod nano and think that is the best colour as it fits in nicely with the apple theme. As of having an iPod iTunes is needed in order to add and remove music, photos, videos and games. This can be a bit of a pain as you need to register with itunes and learn how to work everything out, but once you have it is fairly easy to alter your music at will. An advantage of itunes is the updates and easy downloads you can get for your iPod which means its easier to buy music and other extras. Disadvantages that I can find of this iPod is the lack of memory it now has. At the time when I got the iPod I found the memory great as I didnt have lots of music and with kinda starting fresh with itunes it took me some time to fill the iPod. However once I had filled the iPod I then had to delete songs/photos/videos in order to add new music. Another advantage to this iPod is its durability as I have now had this iPod for a number of years and it has never broke down on me or needed replacing. I would personally recommend this iPod to anyone who enjoys listening to music on the move and doesn't want to replace their music device for a number of years. This person must only have a number of selected music to listen to because of the amount of memory this iPod has which is a deciding factor. If anyone has or wants more music on their iPod (I can hold about 1500 songs) then I recommend a larger memory based iPod for them in conclusion.

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              14.01.2011 20:06
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              I love my iPod but wish I didn't have to use iTunes with it!

              Introduction I personally didn't buy this iPod myself. I was perfectly happy with my MP3 player when my friend announced that she was upgrading her iPod (yet again) and offered me this one for free! Knowing how much these things cost, it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss so I said yes. When she gave it me, it was in near perfect condition, bright pink, stylish and compact, packaged in a plastic box complete with instruction manual, headphones and USB cable. I was immediately impressed. The features Brand - Apple Model - iPod nano 3rd Generation Pink Storage Capacity - 8 GB Audio Supported Formats - AAC, AIFF, MP3, MP3 VBR, WAV Video Supported Formats - MPEG-4, Mov Battery Run Time - 24 Hours Screen Size - 2 Inch Dimensions Width - 5.23 cm Depth - 0.66 cm Height - 6.98 cm Weight - 49.32 gm Connectivity Outputs - Headphone Jack Interfaces - USB The design I really like the design. This is a 3rd generation Nano which means it's classed as the old model. The new Nano's are much smaller than this but I personally see no problem with this original design. It's small, lightweight and fits easily into the palm of my hand. It also slips easily into my pocket for when I'm walking and listening to music. The Nano comes in a variety of eye-catching colours. Mine is an electric pink colour which I love. Itunes With an iPod comes the mandatory installation of iTunes. The idea of iTunes is that it's easier to update your iPod using this software. It creates a library of your songs which you can synchronise with your device so that your iPod updates automatically. It also allows you to download more music to add your iPod and updates you on new songs by your favourite artist. To be honest, I'm sure iTunes does more than this but it's so confusing to use that I have no idea what other features it has. The worst thing is that it's constantly updating itself! Which means that you've just gotten used to one one confusing iTunes interface before it changes again. I HATE the way that you have to use iTunes to update your music. With a normal MP3, you can just quickly copy and paste the music from your PC to the device. Whereas, with an iPod, you have to update via the iTunes library, which takes longer in my opinion. Therefore, I think there should be an option to update your iPod without using iTunes, for those of us who find it hard to use because even after owning this for just over a year now, I'm still confused by iTunes. Pros - Available in a variety of different colours - Sleek, slim design - One of the older generation iPods so cheap(ish) to buy now (look on Ebay) - Ability to store music, videos, podcasts and photographs - 8 GB of memory can store a huge selection of songs - This iPod has had about 4 years use in total (first my friend, then me) but still works perfectly. - Also features a calendar and alarm clock Cons - Forces you to use iTunes whether you want to or not! - The scroll wheel can be a bit awkward to use and get used to at first - This model is now considered to be out of date so probably doesn't have all the features of newer generations. - Headphones aren't the best. Durability My friend had this for about 3 years before passing it on to me and I've owned it for about a year now. However, it still works perfectly. Admittedly the headphones did break recently and I'm now using regular none iPod ones instead but the actual iPod still works perfectly. I'm really impressed by this because most of the cheaper MP3 players I've owned before this have lasted about a year at the most. Who would I recommend it to? Anyone who is serious about music and has a large music collection. Like my father for example, who must have over 100 CD's whereas I have about 10 at most! I just don't see the point of all that spare GB if I've ran out of music to fill it with and my iPod currently contains about 146 songs which nowhere near fills the memory of this device. I'd also recommend it anyone who finds themselves on the go a lot. For example, if you often have to take long journeys and travel long distances then the iPod is an invaluable boredom buster. And I always take mine with me on holiday too. Where to buy? Because this model is a few years old now, it stands to reason that it's considerably cheaper than the new generation iPods. Definitely check out Ebay for cheap deals on these. A good price would be round about the £40/£50 mark. Prices vary so much on this model that I'd recommend using a price comparison website before buying. Summary I really love my iPod but I feel like I don't get the full use out of it. There are so many features that I haven't even started to explore yet. The measly 146 songs I have installed on it doesn't even touch the huge 8 GB of memory. I've never stored a single video, podcast or photograph on it, nor do I plan to do so in future and I've only just got the hang of creating play lists! This is more like a kind of hand-held entertainment system than an MP3 player. And unless you're going to use all of these features then it seems to hard to justify the cost! It's a really good product but somewhat overwhelming and that's not to mention the constant upgrades to iTunes and new generations of iPod coming out.

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                Best iPod to date.

                I've had my 3rd Generation Apple iPod Nano now for around 4 years and throughout this time I have had no problems with it at all. When purchasing, I decided to get the 8gb instead of the 4gb model as I had a growing music collection at the time. The iPod works on the PC when connected up with the iTunes software, which is downloadable free of charge from the internet. From this program, you can upload all your music onto it, so it can act as a "Jukebox" on your computer. When you transfer music, you simply select which tracks you do and don't want on the iPod and it quickly transfers them over. In the 8gb memory, I have 1836 songs on my iPod with 4.4Mb free space. This is a huge selection of songs and it means I can always listen to something different. With the music you can have the album artwork displayed as well. This does look nice, but I have chosen to turn this feature off as it takes up space on the iPod that I needed for music. The iPod doesn't just do music though, you can add music videos, TV shows and films to it, all of which can be watched quite comfortably on the 2 inch colour screen. If you want to listen to podcasts then this is perfect for them as it can store many on it as well. Other features include a clock, calender, contacts, alarms, games, notes and a stopwatch. When synced to your computer you can download data for all these extras. There are other mp3 players on the market that can offer the same memory for a lower price, but for what the brilliant functionality and ease of use that the iPod Nano offers, it is worth paying the extra for it. The iPod has become the world leader for portable music and this is due to the simple designs, easy computer synchronisation and the unbeatable sound quality that you get with the free headphones. Sadly this model is no longer available for purchase as they have subsequently released the 4th and 5th generation Nano, which I believe are no match for this one. I find size is just right for carrying, especially when jogging or in the gym. If you look at the newer ones, they are either long and slim, not great for pockets or very small with a touch screen, which could be fiddly with sweaty hands. Once this iPod eventually breaks (hopefully not for a few more years), I will definitely try and get another of this model just because I like it so much. I've tried other iPods and mp3 players in the past but none have been as good as this one. If you want an iPod and can find someone who is selling this model then I would highly recommend it.

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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.