The new iPod nano has a few good, tempting new features that should please business professionals and graduate students when they commute:
1- An FM radio receiver to listen to news and talk radio, or discover new music playing on radio stations. In Canada, most radio stations have completed the move from the AM band to the better sounding, stereo FM band;
2- A voice recording feature to dictate letters and memos.
Here's what's still missing and should appear in future editions:
1- A better, higher quality camera for still pictures and video. Make the iPod nano thicker if you need to, but a better camera is a must;
2- iTunes decoding of all the major lossless audio formats, either natively by Apple or through a plug-in architecture for third party support. At present, iTunes is a storefront, playing mostly what Apple sells, instead of being the general media player it should be.
At present, Apple supports natively the Wave and Apple lossless formats, where it nedds to add support for the ubiquitous Monkey's audio .ape, open source Free Lossless Audio Codec .flac, and Wavepack .wv.
It's important that Apple caters to every segment of the music listening public, not just teenagers and students listening to dumbed down rock and roll at 128 kbps or 256 kbps.
Make iTunes the media player it should be.
Apple has an unparalleled ability to scale down the quality of its products, to remove components or features that cost next to nothing, but would increase sales by pleasing new segments of the buying public.
The iPod nano is very impressive. Now, make it perfect, the best media player money can buy. I am sure that Apple engineers can live up to the challenge.