The Apple iPod nano is a handheld, digital music player. It fits in the middle of the current family of iPod products, above the smaller iPod shuffle and below the larger iPod touch. The current generation nano was introduced on September 12, 2012 by Apple and it offers several new features that were not found in previous versions.
Features of the 7th Generation iPod Nano
The 7th generation iPod nano packs an incredible amount of features, despite its humble size.
- 16GB capacity: Unlike previous versions of the nano that were made available with different amounts of memory, the current version is only offered as a 16GB MP3 player. This should be enough room to hold up to 4000 songs, though the storage space can also be used to save photos, videos and other data.
- 2.5-inch multi-touch display: The newest iPod nano does away with the clickwheel and expands on the touchscreen display introduced in the 6th generation product. The new display measures 2.5-inches, has a resolution of 240 x 432 pixels, and is fully multi-touch enabled.
- Home button: Not unlike the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the iPod nano also has a physical home button located beneath its display. This brings you back to the main homescreen when pressed. Other buttons include the volume buttons on the side and the power button on top.
- Small size: The new nano is very small and very thin, measuring 3.01 by 1.56 by 0.21 inches and weighing just 1.1 ounces.
- Lightning connector: The 7th generation nano is the first of the series to utilize the smaller Lightning connector, abandoning the 30-pin dock connector that preceded it. This smaller connector is the same one used in the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini.
- Video support: In addition to playing a variety of music files, it also supports video playback on its wide-aspect display.
- FM radio: One of the key features missing from early models was FM radio, but it has been included in the current generation. The FM radio feature also comes with Live Pause, allowing you to pause a live radio broadcast and rewind up to 15 minutes' worth of content.
- Bluetooth 4.0: The nano can connect to your favoirte Bluetooth headset, speakers or Bluetooth-enabled car audio system without wires.
- Nike+: This fitness feature is built into the iPod nano, including an integrated pedometer and fitness application for tracking steps, distance, pace, time and calories burned.
- EarPods: Apple introduced a new set of earbud headphones that it calls EarPods, which are bundled in the package with a new iPod.
Pricing and Availability
The current iPod nano is only available in a 16GB capacity for $149.99. You have your choice of eight colors: slate, silver, purple, pink, yellow, green, blue and a special red hue.
The easiest way to buy the nano is directly from the Apple Store, both online and in person. If you buy online you can request free engraving with a brief message on the back. The iPod nano, as well as other Apple iPods, can also be purchased through major retailers online and offline like Amazon.com and Best Buy. As Apple retains very stringent control over pricing, the price paid at every retailer remains relatively constant. Discounts rarely exceed $5 to $10.
Previous iPod Nano Generations
The original nano was introduced in September 2005 to replace the iPad mini. It has since gone through several more generations with a new version released almost every year.
- 1st Generation: Available with up to 4GB of capacity, the first generation featured a color screen and had a long slender shape.
- 2nd Generation: The next generation moved from a plastic shell to an anodized aluminum casing with up to 8GB of memory.
- 3rd Generation: The product shape changed considerably, moving to a square footprint and introducing video playback capabilities.
- 4th Generation: Introduced in 2008, the 4th generation iPod nano moved back to the long slender shape, but with a curved enclosure. Storage was increased to 16GB.
- 5th Generation: The click wheel was made slightly smaller, while the display increased in size. A video camera was included in the back., as well as an FM radio tuner.
- 6th Generation: A multi-touch display replaces the clickwheel and the square shape made the 6th generation nano a popular choice for making into a wristwatch.
It is expected that Apple will continue to support the iPod nano lineup and introduce new versions on an annual basis.
Who Should Buy One?
The iPod nano isn't for everyone. People who want a very small and very simple music player may be more inclined to choose the iPod shuffle, while those who enjoy apps and additional features may prefer the iPod touch. However, the nano is a great music player for people who prefer to have an affordable standalone multimedia player as opposed to using a smartphone for music, while retaining a fair amount of storage and gaining additional features like the fitness app and video player.