iPod Nano | September 15, 2005

I bought my girlfriend an iPod a couple of Christmases ago to make her commute up to London a bit more pleasant. I though about getting an iPod myself, but I never really listened to that much music on the go, so felt it would be a bit of a waste.

I thought about getting an iPod mini, but the same thing applied. It looked good but probably wouldn’t get that much use. By the time the iPod shuffle came out, Apple had wore me down. It was the perfect size and weight to have in my pocket all the time, and was great for the occasional trip to London, or the increasingly occasional trip to the gym. Perfect for filling up dead space.

I’ve been doing a lot more travelling the last couple of months, going up to London for meetings, training sessions and events. The last few trips I’ve started to feel the limits of the iPod shuffle. First off my shuffle is limited to about 150 songs, so you do end up getting repeats over the course of a day, especially if you skip over songs you don’t fancy listening to. Secondly there is no way to tell what a song is, so if a song comes on that you like, you can’t find out what it is or rate it.

The iPod shuffle is an excellent entry product. You get a very cheap product that shows you the benefits of having a portable mp3 player, but is limited so that after 6 months, you want to upgrade. Very smart. And what happens around 6 months after the iPod shuffle is launched?

That’s right, the iPod Nano.

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The pictures of the iPod Nano look pretty impressive, but you honestly can’t get a feel for how small and compact these things are unless you see them. I went up to the Apple store on Sunday to have a look and I have to say I was blown away. Now the iPod classics are by no means bulky and the mini’s are, as their name suggests, pretty small. However the iPod Nano is tiny. Just like the Shuffle, the Nano is an MP3 player that you’ll just slip into your jacket pocket or bag and carry everywhere with you. However unlike the Shuffle, it has all the features, and more, of the iPod classic.

The visual styling is fantastic, looking like you’ve left your iPod classic in the washing machine and it’s shrunk. The colour screen is crisp and clear, making me wonder how people ever managed with a black and white screen. They just look so dated in comparison. The only problem is that it looks so small you feel it would snap in half if you forgot to take it out of your back pocket when you sat down. Not to fear however because the new Nano’s have been thoroughly stress tested and seem to be pretty robust. Just don’t expect them to work properly after you’ve dropped them out of your car at 50mph and then driven over them.

Posted at September 15, 2005 8:44 AM


Gordon said on September 15, 2005 9:52 AM

“looking like you’ve left your iPod classic in the washing machine and it’s shrunk”

HAHAHAA, spot on!

Got one yesterday, it’s just sooooo “TOUCH ME PLAY WITH ME” that it’s hard to describe. In the office today and most people just reach right out and take it from my hand.. sounds good too!

Small Paul said on September 15, 2005 11:54 AM

But then, the iPod Shuffle is also a USB flash drive. The nano isn’t, you’d need the cable to use it that way. That’s what’s making me think “Hmmm.” (Well, that and price).

But I’m waiting until I’ve seen a nano in person before choosing. It might just sway me.

Paul Solecki said on September 15, 2005 12:14 PM

I just got mine this morning. I agree with everyone else, it’s so insanely small!! Can’t wait to get it properly filled up with everything I want. Sound quality is marginally better than a 4G iPod as well…better bass. Also a pity no-one can make a very small dock connector to USB port adaptor than would be easy to carry around.

Stuart Maynard-Keene said on September 15, 2005 1:10 PM

I desire one of these also :-)

It’ll sell well!

Shane said on September 15, 2005 1:20 PM

I totally agree. The commercials and print ads do the nano no just ice at all. I went to my local store the other day (Kansas City) and had the exact same reaction.


I can’t wait to get one.

Mike Stenhouse said on September 15, 2005 1:51 PM

Now, if only Apple could squeeze a decent battery out. I get 35 hours out of my iAudio M3L and it’s the same size as the regular iPod… My brother has the iAudio X5 and I’m thinking about upgrading. Direct transfer of photos from my EOS 20D via USB? Yes please. For commuting and the gym, I don’t think anyone’s going to beat the Nano any time soon but for holiday use I’m sticking with iAudio. Shame no one knows about them in this country.

Mr B said on September 15, 2005 3:18 PM

Well I’m happy with my iFlea!

Dave said on September 15, 2005 4:48 PM

I got an iPod (20g) for my 30th b-day this year and love it. But when I saw the nano, I couldn’t help but be jealous of those who are buying it. It’s weird because I know that my iPod can hold a ton more songs, but the nano is just so damn cool.

Sencer Yetkin said on September 15, 2005 6:05 PM

I saw one up close today in glasgow and was blown away by how incredably small and awesome it was!

But im still gonna hold back for apploe to make a movie pod :)

Matt Sephton said on September 15, 2005 6:24 PM

I’d argue against the Shuffle or even nano being “cheap”. If you calculate £/GB they’re amongst the most expensive in the range.

See the value section of this nano review:


Derek Featherstone said on September 15, 2005 6:45 PM

Andy - you read my mind re: the Shuffle. I got one, and I’m already yearning more capability, playlists etc as well. Perhaps I should get that nano… mmmm. tasty. :)

Ian Clay said on September 15, 2005 9:26 PM

Your nano is no use unless you put some of my tunes onto it. Pleased you didnt get the ‘girl’ version of the Aeron chair… and no… the chair doesn’t make you a better designer :)

Jens Meiert said on September 16, 2005 10:02 AM

The stress test looks interesting, lol.

bob said on September 16, 2005 8:57 PM

all you guys sound are acting like a bunch of cats who have been chewing on the nip too long. the nano is cool but it has a few problems. first of all, smaller is not always better. i’m pretty sure you’ll all agree that the shape is a bit odd to the feel of the hand…almost dainty. also, the nano and the shuffle don’t sound anywhere near as good as the regular ipods. maybe it’s the chip set of an actual hard drive but there is too much high end which makes is sound a bit tinny. i actually got mine last week and am selling it on craig’s list over the weekend and going back to a regular ipod.

Tim Hill said on September 19, 2005 4:03 AM

Good for you Bob, thanks for sharing.

jeff said on September 21, 2005 1:44 AM

I got a Nano, and i dropped it, it actually broke in 3 pieces, I dropped my friends 20G Ipod, and it was fine! The hell with the Nano, I am getting a 20G, for only 50 Bucks more i have 5 times the Pod, so go get ripped off by the Nano, O it is so small and cool, Big deal Pretty soon apple will take them off the market because the breakage will be maxed out, have fun 20G all the way man!

Joseph A Velazquez said on September 22, 2005 3:15 AM

Sorry, it’s been done, and better.

Dan said on September 22, 2005 5:34 PM

Oh you spoil-sports! I bought a Nano today to replace my bulky old Mini, and I’m rather impressed! I couldn’t care that much about the storage space as I won’t be miles away from my/a computer at any one point in the considerable future, but it’s just so teeny!

sameul said on September 23, 2005 11:47 AM

This is just sooooo beautiful. Can’t wait to lay my hand on it.

carolyn said on September 23, 2005 2:04 PM

Thinking of buying a nano - but friend says theirs loads of problems with the battery - anyone know? Also can you use a USB 1.0 port to download.

christina said on September 24, 2005 5:41 PM

the ipod nano is the best its extremely small but i love it. and plus now that i think of it.. the ipod mini’s were ugly and they have no colour screen.

sonyslave said on September 25, 2005 5:45 AM

Bad sound. Specifically it sounds low res., fine details are somewhat diminished. Disappointing considering an otherwise excellent design. To bad Apple put form above primary funciton, sound quality. I work as a professional sound recordist and am unimpressed with my new Nano. My Micro Zen has better playback quality, though I’m not a fan of the Zen for other reasons.

Patrick Haney said on September 27, 2005 1:07 PM

So did you end up getting the white one Andy? I decided on the black 4GB myself, though I knew it would show fingerprints and scratches easier.

I’ve only had my nano 5 days and I’m overly happy with it. It sounds great, looks great, and as you mention above, is even smaller than it looks in the commercials/ads.

luke mcbrearty said on September 27, 2005 6:02 PM

i have a ipod nano white and i love it but the battery dont last all that long, it says it ment to last 14 hours (yeah right) all the other people that have a nano how long does your battery last thanks luke

Mitch said on September 28, 2005 6:23 PM

well i was just about to buy a nano a couple of days back until they i heard about the problems with it. Does anyone know when they will be bringing out the newer and improved version of it?

Mitch said on September 28, 2005 6:23 PM

well i was just about to buy a nano a couple of days back until they i heard about the problems with it. Does anyone know when they will be bringing out the newer and improved version of it?

Fred Bowles said on September 29, 2005 6:34 PM

I havent got my ipod nano yet, ive ordered one from apple as they were sold out everywhere. I love the style of it and i wan to show it off. I hope the battery is good enough. I really looking forward to it.

luke mcbrearty said on September 29, 2005 8:16 PM

no i dont think they will its only a certain batch that have gone wrong mine is super no proplems apart from the battery not lasting the full 14 but nor does the mini or lagre ipod sooo thats apple for ya

dee said on October 12, 2005 3:04 PM

My 4GB iPod Nano’s battery lasts around 8-9 hours, before the bar turns red. I haven’t drained the battery yet, so I can’t really tell if it reaches the promised 14-hour life.

sierra_carolyn said on November 8, 2005 2:43 PM

I was excited to get my nano, but it stopped functioning only after a few days. The battery discharges completely within several hours (powered off and not used at all). Even when fully charged, I have to reset it to turn it on, and when I turn it off, it cannot be turned on again unless I reset it. Very disappointing. WOnder if anyone else has a similar experience?

dfdd said on November 11, 2005 6:44 PM

I realy want one and dont know what clor to get I’m waiting until christmas because they might make it better and have less problems.:)

Paige said on November 27, 2005 4:23 AM

Luke, I don’t think my nano battery lasts longer than 4-5 hours. I was really disappointed and thought maybe I’d done something wrong, but maybe this is as good as it gets.

tom said on November 29, 2005 3:23 AM

My nano battery definitely doesnt last even nearly 14 hours. they blatently completely over estimate anyway

lauren said on December 4, 2005 6:53 PM

well when i first saw the ipod nano ithought great ths is going on my christmas list but now im getting second thoughts as im worried it wil snap. please tell me for that it is wont snap and it is good qualityxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Katie said on December 8, 2005 11:48 PM

i got an white iPod nano for christmas and i found it in my parents closet. i was wondering if the nano is a good MP3 player. If i drop it one will it break in half? Is the sound good? I if i squeeze it to hard will it break? Can someone please email me or leave another message thanks!

Ryan said on December 14, 2005 8:33 PM

Ok. I’m glad I found some information on the Nano. If you run the back light constantly, it REALLY eats up the battery. I got mine to last 10 hours with no problems. The only thing I’m trying to fix recently is the sound of the individual songs. Maybe it’s a transfer problem but I have 103 songs on the pod and I’ve gotten blasted with the audio levels on a few songs. I love the songs and I wanted to know if there was a way to fix the audio levels.

sophie said on December 22, 2005 9:04 PM

when i first saw the ipod nanos they loooked so good and i really wanted 1 ,so i asked this boy about the ipod nano because he had 1 and i wanted to make sure they were guna be worth the money befor i asked 4 1, and he said that it has snaped in half ,i was kinda disapointed, so i was guna ask my dad for an ipod mini instead but then i heard that they had stop making them and that ipod nanos had replaced them late, i was really disappointed because i heard bad things about the ipod nano and now u couldnt buy ipod minis n e more, i was mad because i really wanted an ipod but i didnt no what to do , so then my dad gave me the money to go buy some kinda ipod so i started looking up imformation on the ipod nanos and they mad them sound really good. so the i decided to go and buy 1 but befor i brought the ipod nano i ask the man in the shop where i was buyin it from,if they snap and he said no because you have to do something for it to snap , he said they might scratch so then i decide to buy a case, i havent used it yet because i have to wait untill christmas which is only 3 days away i am looking forward to use the ipod nano but i am also scared that something bad will happen but it is insured for a year but i still have my doubts.

Adam W said on December 31, 2005 5:39 PM

I think that apple are having a laugh with all new ipods - the batteries only have an estimate of 14 hours, imagine how long they will really last for, also can’t risk the breakage and scrathing possibilities. The only solution is to wait and see if they bring out new ipods with better batteries!

jessica said on January 9, 2006 7:43 PM

is there a way of listening to your iPod while it is charging? and is there a device you can buy to charge your nano without plugging it into the computer each time? can someone get back to me please!:)

Konstantin said on February 9, 2006 8:55 PM

Now, you can’t listen to the iPod while it’s charging, it just won’t let you. But hey, you’re on the computer anyway so listen there. You can, however, charge it w/o plugging it into the computer. You will have to buy an adapter (AC to USB2.0), you can probably find these on the Apple website or somewhere like ThinkGeek.com

As for the battery… I’m testing it with the backlight and EQ off, gonna see how long that lasts. With normal functions on, you can barely squeeze 3-4 hours of play time. About 6, with EQ and no backlight. Might just be my battery’s screwed, but hell, I just got the thing.

joe said on February 13, 2006 11:59 PM

hey uhhh yeah there is a device that lets you listen to it, its called an iHome,and itll let you charge and listen, as well as it has a clock and alarm. There is also an iWork, but im not sure which features it has. I do have an iPod Nano, and i have backlight and EQ on. I also have all of the other features on, and my battery seems to hold up fine.

Kevin (Sydney) said on February 16, 2006 5:13 AM

Ok I bought the nano couple days ago. I just couldn’t resist the look of it.. Its soo damn sexy.. BAD MOVE!! Boy was I mislead by its sexy look. I am the type of passive reader that hardly ever write comments or reviews, but this time I felt I got ripped of by apple with this junk. The sound quality is not acceptable. I have tried various headphones, but the outcome was still the same. The treble is fine but some times its too much that it begins to irritate your ears. There are times when you want to put the volume a bit louder when you are on the train, but this also increase the treble and it just kills your ears, I can’t hear much bass either. I tried using the bass booster EQ setting but it just distorts the sound too much. In anyway I don’t want to damage apple’s reputation, but I just can’t believe how crap the nano can be. They should really improve the bass…. I doubt the nano last for 14 hours. The Ipods are beginning to turn into a PDA more than a mp3 player.. I don’t give a shit if my nano can play games or not. I just want a mp3 player with decent sound. I am thinking of selling it or give it to my sister and get proper mp3 player soo I can listen to my Missy Elliot tracks with proper bass :)

paul said on April 18, 2006 1:38 AM

hey evere one i have an ipod and its working alright i guess it lasts like 2 hours
wow that sucks

well i guess its to late to send it back

its gets scratched very easy

i dropped it from like 2 stair casses and it didnt break =>
mayb im just lucky on that one


Oli said on April 22, 2006 12:25 PM

Hi, i rekon that the nano is the best if you need an easy 2 use, reliable thingy that plays music, and i cant find enough music on mi nano even with 13 disks its not half full! (2gb) that is. if u look at the test, its amasing!