Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Great little gadget for on-the-go music fans
Apple iPod nano (3G) 8 GB
Member Name: BumpyBump
Apple iPod nano (3G) 8 GB
Advantages: Pocket-sized and really reliable
Disadvantages: You will fill an 8GB iPod up in no time
I bought this generation iPod after losing my older generation Nano. I didn't think the iPod could get any better than the one I had but I was wrong. This iPod is smaller, cuter and fits really nicely into my pocket for when I'm exercising or listening to music on the go. It looks really stylish and the screen is a really good size; almost half the size of the iPod itself. Easy to use with the usual 'wheel' and the picture quality is great. It comes in various colours but mine is in black and it looks incredible. The back of the iPod is silver and shiny - I have witnessed women doing their make-up in the back of their iPods, but personally I wouldn't recommend it.
The earphones come in white, but I find that they are pretty rubbish. Mine usually break within six months and cost about £20 to replace! Much better to get some cheap ones for a quarter of the price. They do the same job - they're just not white. There's only so much audio quality you're going to be able to get out of tiny earphones anyway and for proper music fans I would suggest splashing out on some proper headphones. Not so convenient for on-the-go though, so the iPod earphones are handy for listening on the move.
When I bought the 8GB iPod I didn't think I would ever fill it up (it holds up to 2000 songs) but I filled it easily just using my own CD collection alone, and now wish I'd bought the 16GB. If you decide to put things apart from just music on there as well then you will fill it in no time. I would definitely recommend getting one with a bigger GB if you have a large CD collection (I have about 250 CD albums, to give you an idea, and I ran out of space before I could get them all on).
The iPod is pretty user-friendly in my experience. You just use the 'wheel' to scroll into and out of menus to select music according to album name, artist or by random 'shuffle' selection. My iPod has never frozen on me, but my last generation iPod used to quite frequently and they are so easy to reset. You can rate songs or albums with up to 5 stars and you can also choose to listen to you 'top rated' which plays you all of your 4 and 5 star songs in a randomly selected order.
The major issue with iPods is that once you've got iTunes loaded up onto a computer it is a right pain if you then want to transfer it to another computer. I never worked out how to do it and ended up starting from scratch when I got my laptop, which was really time-consuming. You don't have the same issue with non-Apple MP3 players, so I'm told.
All in all I find the iPod irresistible and indispensible. I literally never leave home without it now. It has saved me from many a nutter on the night bus!! Just stick your earphones in and plead total ignorance!
This iPod is about 5cm wide, approx 7cm tall and about 5mm thick.
Summary: Once you get an iPod you will wonder how you ever managed without one
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