iPod nano

Yesterday brought several new items from Apple, including a new iPod model, an iTunes compatible phone, and a slight upgrade to iTunes.

The new iPod, dubbed “nano,” is pencil thin but still sports the same features as it’s lager counterpart. The iPod mini is no more, and the iPod Photo is gone as well (or was the Photo part of the previous revision?). The new iPod lineup is simply: shuffle, nano, iPod, and U2 iPod. The nano is available in white or black. While I’ll have to see one in person to make the final decision, I think the black looks ultra sleek.

Apple partnered with Motorola to make the iTunes phone, however you can’t actually download music from the iTunes Music Store with it on the go. It just syncs music just as the iPods do, likely over USB. For the $250 the phone will run for, I’d much rather get a comparably priced iPod.

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iPod nano

6 thoughts on “iPod nano

  1. Doug says:

    I like the new interface, and I guess if Apple is the one who wrote the rules of UI guidelines, they can break their own rules.

    Can’t wait to see the nano first hand.

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  2. The nano doesn’t have all the features of the regular iPods. For starters it doesn’t work with the iPod camera adapter nor does it have the same output capabilities (TV).

    But worst of all, the nano doesn’t support syncing over firewire!!

    So many macs users don’t have USB 2 because apple was soooo late to the game (trying to push firewire instead). Now they’ve suddenly changed tack… and i’m stuck with a not-too-old powerbook that can’t really be used with the nano.

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  3. It has photo capabilities, but no TV-out? That’s odd. I wonder if you can buy the TV out cable separately…

    As for USB 2, I can see why they did it. One port fits all, at least for newer machines. I believe the FireWire interface is still in the dock connector, so I’m wondering if a company like SendStation will make an adapter (or if one of theirs already works…)

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  4. I’m surprised no one has developed a FireWire to USB 2 adapter yet. They’re both high speed serial interfaces, but I guess they’re different enough to cause engineering heacahes…

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