Originally Posted by Nick72
Faults with the Nano 4G:
The 3G Nano had an all metal case, I'm presuming the top and bottom of the 4G are plastic tabs as on the 2G.
The taller 4G may fit into your hand better but the 3G fits into your pocket more comfortably. More time is spent listening to it then operating it. In landscape mode it will be more awkward to hold than the 3G.
The controls on the 4G are incorrectly orientated when you use it in landscape mode (never thought Apple would accept such a design compromise).
On the 3G the hold switch, docking port and headphone jack are all located on the bottom in a clean symmetrical design. The 4G uses the untidy 2G layout.
The Nano 3G was a classic case of 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'.
Welcome to AI and nice first post. Clear, focused pros and cons, but I disagree with your last sentence. The Nano has been changed its styling every year. We can say the same for the 1st and 2nd Gen Nanos about them not being broke. If you still want a 3G Nano you will be able to get one cheaper now.
I was surprised by the clickwheel, but I guess that is a 5th Gen issue to resolve. Now that needs fixing!
Originally Posted by lamewing
1. What use is wireless? Sharing music (limitations be damned)
2. Wireless transfers from the PC/Mac. If I have just a single song or album it is much easier to download wirelessly. Also great for updating podcasts. Less wear and tear on the dock connector.
3. Radio? Who listens? Why? I listen to NPR (I am old) so yes, the radio is useful. I also use the radio when I am in Japan.
To add to you list...
What use is wireless?
— Zune Marketplace. Instance music on WiFI for those with subscriptions.
— FM tuned TVs in gyms
As it's been pointed out, these are not the most commonly used features, but it's nice that there is a product that does cater to those that want an FM radio and WiFI transfers. It seems there are 2.6% of them, which is pretty good considering MS newness in this game, poor customer focus and poor history of making good HW.
Originally Posted by knightlie
Not to mention the information is anonymous. And it's not like musical taste is anything to panic about - most people love to share their musical taste, don't they? Now you can do it and influence the listening habits of other iPod users. Big deal.
I'm all for it. If we are going to be upset about our habits being recorded we should be more concerned with our search and browsing habits being recorded by Google et al. than by Apple taking a peak at our music interests after we give them the okay.