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Apple's new iPod nano will have a tiny multi-touch display that allows users to scroll through their music and use features such as FM radio and Nike+.

The new iPod nano, which had been rumored for weeks, was confirmed Wednesday by Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs. He boasted that the new device is almost half as small and half as light as its predecessor.

"It's so small, we're able to put a clip on it too, so it's instantly wearable," he said.

Users can swipe through to choose icons including music playlists, artists and Genius mixes. It also has FM radio, podcasts, and the ability to view photos.

Like on other iOS devices, users can move icons and drag them to different pages. The device also allows users to scroll as they do on the iPhone or iPod touch.

The device includes hard volume buttons, voiceover, Nike+ and a pedometer. It works in 29 languages. Multi-touch input can also be used to rotate the screen.

It will be available in six colors, $149 for the 8GB model, and $169 for the 16GB model. The internal battery provides users with up to 24 hours of music playback on a single charge.



"This is the biggest reinvention of the iPod nano since its debut in 2005, and we think users are going to love it," Jobs said in a press release. "Replacing the click wheel with our Multi-Touch interface has enabled us to shrink the iPod nano into an amazingly small design that is instantly wearable with its built-in clip."



iPod nano also features "Shake to Shuffle," giving music lovers the ability to shake their iPod nano to shuffle to a new song in their music library. With its built-in FM radio, iPod nano lets you listen to your favorite radio stations, and live pause lets you pause and resume playing your favorite FM radio shows without missing a beat.



Features:
Multi-touch display: The best things in life have a soundtrack, and that’s where iPod nano shines. The Multi-Touch display lets you experience your music in a new way. Tap to play anything you want to hear. Swipe the Home screen to browse your music by songs, albums, artists, playlists, genres, or composers. You can even rearrange the icons on your Home screen so your music is organized just how you like.

Clip-on design: With the new built-in clip, you can walk, run, ride, or dance with your favorite songs on your sleeve (or pocket, jacket, or bag). The album art of the song you’re listening to fits perfectly on the display.

24-hour battery life: The built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives you up to 24 hours of nonstop music. So when you clip on an 8GB or 16GB iPod nano, you’ll have plenty of tunes to make it through your commute, your workout, and beyond.

Shake to Shuffle: Now for something completely random. Give iPod nano a shake and it shuffles to a different song in your music library. Shake to Shuffle is perfect for when you’re not in any particular music mood. You never know what you’re going to hear, and you’ll always be pleasantly surprised.

Genius Mixes: Say you’re listening to a song you love and you want to stay in the groove. Just tap Genius. It finds other songs on your iPod nano that go great together and makes a Genius playlist for you. For more song combinations you wouldn’t have thought of yourself, create Genius Mixes in iTunes and sync the ones you like to your iPod nano. Then tap the Genius Mixes icon and rediscover songs you haven’t heard in a while — or find music you forgot you even had.

FM Radio with Live Pause: Ride the airwaves on iPod nano. The FM tuner shows the artist, song, or program you’re listening to. Just tap to see the radio controls, flick the radio dial to change stations, and tap to set your favorites.

Fitness: The new iPod nano design actually helps keep you fit. It’s portable and wearable, which makes it runnable, walkable, and workout-able. Clip it on and control your music with just a tap or swipe of a finger, so you can stay focused without fumbling around. For your run, walk, or trip to the gym, a little iPod nano goes a long way.

Technical Specifications

Size and weight:
Height: 1.48 inches (37.5 mm)
Width: 1.61 inches (40.9 mm)
Depth: 0.35 inch (8.78 mm) including clip
Weight:0.74 ounces (21.1 grams)
Volume: 0.614 cu. inch (10,056 cu. mm) including clip
Capacity: 8GB or 16GB flash drive2

Sensor: Accelerometer

Environmental requirements:
Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
Environmental Status Report:
Arsenic-free display glass
BFR-free
Mercury-free
PVC-free
Recyclable aluminum enclosure
Smaller, more compact packaging (45% smaller, 46% lighter)
Display:
1.54-inch (diagonal) color TFT display
240-by-240-pixel resolution
220 pixels per inch
Audio playback:
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-configurable maximum volume limit
FM radio:
Regional settings for Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Japan
Live Pause feature for pausing a radio broadcast and rewinding (within a 15-minute buffer)
Headphones:
Earphones
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Impedance: 32 ohms
Battery and power:
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Up to 24 hours of music playback when fully charged
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
Fast-charge time: about 1.5 hours (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
Full-charge time: about 3 hours
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Hmmm...... Did it seem like it could not play video!?
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For that money I can buy a cell phone that gives me so much more!!!
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For that money I can buy a cell phone that gives me so much more!!!

Including a $100 a month additional charge for cell service!
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For that money I can buy a cell phone that gives me so much more!!!

... sure - With A Contract.

The new iPod Touch is clearly a landmark device, and I'll be ordering a 64gb in a matter of minutes.
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Hmmm...... Did it seem like it could not play video!?

On a screen that small, I don't think so. Don't take my word for it, we'll find out when the page comes back up on their site.

If they didn't allow video, it wouldn't surprise me since they want to push more people to the iPod Touch (and more so iPhone)
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For that money I can buy a cell phone that gives me so much more!!!

And I was called Tekstud just a few moments ago in another thread...
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No Video, No camera? WTF?
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... sure - With A Contract.

The new iPod Touch is clearly a landmark device, and I'll be ordering a 64gb in a matter of minutes.

I won't believe you unless you post like 4000 pictures with all your devices yet AGAIN. This time I WANT TO SEE THE IPOD TOUCH ha ha ah ha

Cheers mate... Seriously, enjoy your gadgets =D
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No Video, No camera? WTF?

You're not supposed to buy the iPod shuffle or nano, didn't you get the memo? iPod touch or bust, baby!
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1 I was very wrong about this being the new Shuffle, though they did move the Nano closer to the Shuffle in many ways. I don’t care what they call it, it’s exactly the SuperShuffle I’ve been wanting.

2) They clearly want the Touch to be the video player and camera iPod. I forget you suggested that in another thread, but kudos.

3 )It’s still speculation this runs iOS, but I don’t think anything else would make sense.
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post #12 of 117
FM Radio? How low they can go?

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Including a $100 a month additional charge for cell service!

No, prepaid.
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if they took away FM people would complain too. Its nice for people who go to gyms where you have to tune in to a radio station to hear the TVs.

This is a great super-shuffle I hate using my iphone at the gym, I have to swap cases (hard case to arm band), and it always seems to fall. Ill be getting this.
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Wow, this looks like a tiny little iPad. Cute!!
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FM Radio? How low they can go?

Keep up! Previous gen had FM radio too.
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Ok, so same prices (I think, don't recall the exact price of the previous model) for a much smaller screen, no camera, and no video playback (apparently)? Should have at least kept the same screen size as the previous gen so you can see more than 3 lines at a time in the scroll lists! And the LCD on my camera is twice as big as this screen. Why would I ever want to look at photos on a 1.7" screen?
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if they took away FM people would complain too. Its nice for people who go to gyms where you have to tune in to a radio station to hear the TVs.

Im sure there are still plenty out there but every gym Ive been to has had places to plug your headphones in right at that equipment.

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This is a great super-shuffle I hate using my iphone at the gym, I have to swap cases (hard case to arm band), and it always seems to fall. Ill be getting this.

SuperShuffle is right!
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This is going to be my new watch
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I think they've made it worse. I welcome multitouch, but they should have kept the screen same size (tall and skinny). We'll see if it will sell as well as the now "old" nano.
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I guarantee this won't sell like the old nano. Runners liked it for the click wheel, the big screen, etc. You know how hard it is going to be to read this thing in an arm band (I have a nano 2gen, i know). It needs to be somewhat visible to change settings while running. How in the hell do you pause the workout while running when you come to a stop light? Apple failed on so many levels here. I'm buying the old one. Lets not even get into the fact they STILL haven't upped the capacity. It's been 16gb max for the last 3 gens.

 

 

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No Video, No camera? WTF?


It's a music player...we do not need a camera on it.

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I guarantee this won't sell like the old nano. Runners liked it for the click wheel, the big screen, etc. You know how hard it is going to be to read this thing in an arm band (I have a nano 2gen, i know). It needs to be somewhat visible to change settings while running. How in the hell do you pause the workout while running when you come to a stop light? Apple failed on so many levels here. I'm buying the old one. Lets not even get into the fact they STILL haven't upped the capacity. It's been 16gb max for the last 3 gens.

You pause like you do on the shuffle, ipod touch, and iphone today: you click your earbud button once. Double-click to skip, Triple click to go back.

This interface is good enough for runners. I use a shuffle or iPhone on my run, and they both work fine (iphone w/ bluetooth on treadmill, shuffle when I hit the park or pavement).

My big beef with the new Nano is that there was no mention of App Store support... that would make it killer and rejuvenate a whole new category of Apps. I'm hoping I'm wrong and it is there, or coming soon, but iOS w/o App Store is not that appealing.
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It's a music player...we do not need a camera on it.

I've been on runs and used the camera... it is indeed useful. Video I haven't ever used though. I can live without that. I'll be buying the previous gen nano. This one is a joke for runners. You need mechanical buttons while you're running, not touch screen.

 

 

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The square screen is a deal killer for me. Did you see the photo demo? It cuts off the sides of the pic and ruins the entire composition.

And videos? Nope. Not on a square screen. Not for me.
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You pause like you do on the shuffle, ipod touch, and iphone today: you click your earbud button once. Double-click to skip, Triple click to go back.

No. Apple earbuds do not stay in anyone's ears I know that runs more than a mile. They are garbage, so how am I supposed to pause without using APPLE's earbuds?

 

 

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it will be available in six colors, $149 for the 8gb model, and $169 for the 16gb model.

16gb = $179.
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So, let me get this straight. Apple not only takes away the ability to shoot video, but now you can't even play videos? Then they remove the click wheel so you can't operate it without unclipping the dern thing and looking at it? So much for ease of operation working in the gym, yard or wherever. And they keep the same capacities and the same price?

While I applaud them learning their lesson and going back to a wheel on the shuffle, that lesson was not apparently learned when revamping the Nano. Unlike the iPod Touch where the touch screen is fundamental, the touch screen on the Nano does nothing the wheel couldn't do and in fact does it worse! I think they have a disaster on their hands here.
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No. Apple earbuds do not stay in anyone's ears I know that runs more than a mile. They are garbage, so how am I supposed to pause without using APPLE's earbuds?


http://store.apple.com/us/product/TW952VC/A

I bought one. it works with other buds and headphones

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No question this is more of a shuffle on steroids than a real nano replacement. Which would be OK if this was more in the shuffle price range than the nano.

I see nano sales going way down from the previous generation. But at this point the big seller is the touch anyway (which is killer, although I wish the price had dropped a bit). Many people formerly in the Nano demographic will pass on this...but they'll probably consider a touch instead. Which is exactly what apple wants anyway.

While there is some cool factor here, the biggest thing about this is it seems like Apple tried to make it LESS appealing for most users to push them up to a touch. And in many cases it will probably work.
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No Video, No camera? WTF?

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I guarantee this won't sell like the old nano. Runners liked it for the click wheel, the big screen, etc. You know how hard it is going to be to read this thing in an arm band (I have a nano 2gen, i know). It needs to be somewhat visible to change settings while running. How in the hell do you pause the workout while running when you come to a stop light? Apple failed on so many levels here. I'm buying the old one. Lets not even get into the fact they STILL haven't upped the capacity. It's been 16gb max for the last 3 gens.

Obviously, they want you to move up to the iPod touch, the entry level model, which I think people will do. However, I agree this would make one heck of a watch.

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I like the Nano Ad! That song reminds me of Keri Russell in Waitress.

I wonder if the screen stays on long after you've finished touching it? It could be like a little ad pinned to your clothes of what you're listening to, to start conversations with people about the song.
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For that money I can buy a cell phone that gives me so much more!!!

So go buy one, who is forcing you to buy an iPod Nano?
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I just bought the 5th gen ipod nano in blue refurb from apple. $149 for 16gb. I get a camera, play video, record video, keep the click wheel, get a pedometer, bigger screen, and spend less. I am one of the few people I guess that just isn't a big touch screen fan. Oh yah! I can actually control this one with 1 hand... . That was the first thing I noticed jobs doing while controling it, using two hands because it was two small to hold and use the thumb.

Edit: and oh! longer battery life. 24 hour music playback.

 

 

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http://store.apple.com/us/product/TW952VC/A

I bought one. it works with other buds and headphones

While that made me reconsider for 1/2 a second... the reviews on that thing SUCK.

 

 

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Obviously, they want you to move up to the iPod touch, the entry level model, which I think people will do. However, I agree this would make one heck of a watch.

Very true. And, $149 for an Apple watch (that can also play music and do a few other things that watches normally cannot) does not seem like a bad deal at all.

I think Apple should advertise and sell it as such. I will ask for this iWatch from my kids for Christmas.
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... It could be like a little ad pinned to your clothes of what you're listening to, to start conversations with people about the song.

The whole point of having the white earbuds in my ears is so I don't have to converse with anyone
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No Video, No camera? WTF?

When the keynote showed the click-wheel getting sliced, I thought, yeah that's what I'd do:

http://forums.appleinsider.com/showthread.php?t=112606

but then came the square just like iPod fatty did.

To be honest, video was largely unwatchable on the Nano anyway but I think the 4cm x 6cm display I described in the above link with 6 icons would have been better as you could run App Store apps. Mainly data apps for facebook etc (it would need wifi obviously). It would be too slow for most apps but the tall display would just make scrolling easier and allow one-handed use as well as video playback. You can't really use the square with one hand unless you attach it to something.

I also think there are too many similarities between the Nano and Shuffle now. They should just have ditched one of them. I suppose for volume they want to hit that low entry point and it would leave a gap but it looks like they don't really know what to do with the low-end: square screen, tall screen, fat screen, back to square screen, buttons, no buttons, back to buttons. Just a mess really.

They did well with the iPod Touch although I really don't like how they keep making the edges so thin. It's very awkward to hold when taking a picture because it slips out your hand. Besides that, the Touch has nice improvements.
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Needs App Store compatibility via tethering, and where's the camera now? Should have also added HD Radio...
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Apple made an interesting and odd (to me) physical design decision in making the border/edge on the top and bottom much thinner (visually) than the sides. Looking at the dimensions (1.48" x 1.61") it seems they could have made it only slightly taller (1.61") and made that border visually the same on all four sides.



Seems like an odd detail to have overlooked (for Apple).

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