Why I bought an Apple iPod nano in 2016

“I recently bought a space gray iPod nano,” Sophia Stuart writes for PC Magazine. “It wasn’t even on display here at the local Apple Store in Los Angeles; I had to ask an employee to retrieve one from the back; he responded with a raised eyebrow.”

“When the iPod nano arrived, I was shocked at how, well, nano it is. It’s two-thirds the dimensions of a driver’s license and doesn’t weigh much more than a box of matches,” Stuart writes. “I had a nice pang of nostalgia at the classic user interface while unboxing, though there’s really not much to unbox.”

“Is there anything I don’t like about the iPod nano? Yes. There’s no search function or back button. The start screen isn’t customizable, so I can’t remove the icons I don’t want, like fitness, live radio, and photos,” Stuart writes. “Still, considering the nano cost less than $150 [under $100 at Amazon], I feel churlish complaining. I just wanted something to play music on, and that’s exactly — no more, no less — what it does. I swipe my Metro ‘Tap’ card, put my phone on silent, select a playlist, and slip into aural bliss. Sometimes single-purpose retro tech is all you need.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Actually, Apple’s rather amazing iPod nano does more than just play music. You can also watch episodes of your favorite TV shows, movies, free video podcasts, and home videos on your iPod nano. You can listen to the news and more on the built-in FM radio and, since it also has Nike+ support and a pedometer, you can easily track your steps, distance, pace, time, and calories burned. You can, of course, listen to audiobooks, too!


      1. Create a specific playlist for the gym or your run and you’ll never need more space. The physical controls on the Shuffle are much better than a touch screen for advancing tracks. Don’t see why radio would be important unless you don’t own a lot of music. But then you need cellular or WiFi.

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  1. I still use my trusty 5th gen iPod nano, with Nike+ sensor kit (it’s surprisingly accurate) for all of my running. Its click wheel interface is superior to a touch screen, at this “nano” size. Why? Because a fingertip block a significant portion of the tiny screen from user’s line of sight, while interacting. Using a click wheel does not block the screen at all. And it provides tactile feedback, so I can use my old nano “by feel” without looking at it for basic playback control. With a touch screen, using it requires a glance down (undesirable when running) and holding iPod still where I can see it, although current 7th gen iPod nano compensate by having basic physical control buttons along the edge.

    5th gen iPod nano is also unique in being the ONLY iPod (that’s not an iPod touch) with a video camera, built-in speakers, and built-in microphone. I can do a Search on it. I can remove items from its Home screen. It has a Back button (7th gen iPod nano doesn’t have a Back button on screen?)

    When the current A8 iPod touch (at 16GB) is available for just $50 more retail, iPod nano at $149 is not such a good deal, unless ultra-small size is key. The $99 “street” price is more appropriate; Apple should officially lower the price, unless they plan to upgrade it with more storage soon (seems unlikely).

    FYI – I also have an even older iPod mini with a 64GB SDXC card inside.

  2. what is the point of having a music player with TONS of features when at the end the ONLY thing you want ist to PLAY music?

    It’s like an android phone plenty of secret waepons that will never be (properly) used.

    1. To use your analogy, why drive a car when a bicycle can get you where you want to go? Or Apple could be realistic and offer a range of products that meet the needs of its users.

      Just like Apple has been crapping on Mac users for over 6 years, Apple has done nothing to improve the value of its iPod lineup. Dedicated music players are still relevant and it would be easy for Apple to increase capacity & sound quality or decrease price of old hardware to keep sales from plummeting. But no, Timmy lets the iPod rot while putting all effort into thinner iPhones.

      Every iPod — shuffle, nano, touch — needs a double in memory at the least. Waterproofing would be nice too.

      Now Apple has caught itself in a bind, selling old minijack audio players while attempting to convince people that lightning is the only connector they need in an iPhone. Or is the one connector to kill them all actually USB-C? Apple can’t seem to decide.

  3. I still use my iPod Shuffle several times a week. It’s the perfect device for the gym or running. You don’t have to look at the device to advance tracks. The battery life is great. Just clip and go. I’ve tried several armbands for my iPhone and always reverted back to the Shuffle. I have 3 in the house and will buy a few more if Apple ever decides to discontinue the device.

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