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Is it just me,
or does that say "Captions" in the iPod nano Video Output Settings menu?

Posted by jeremyjk1221 on September 5, 2007 at 3:14 PM (PDT) Comment 1

So now that it's a "Classic", do we still refer to it as a 6G? Or has the marketers taken it into a whole new realm? After all, it seems an iPod has now achieved 'classic' status...generational decrees seem so inappropriately trivial now. I mean, a 'Classic' now stands before is...

Do we grovel and bow instead?

Apple...somehow I think you could've come up with a better catchword than 'classic' to describe something that in truth is not anything close to being old, and is clearly an evolutionary step up from whence you were before.

Posted by flatline response on September 6, 2007 at 7:18 PM (PDT) Comment 2

Eee-yuck. I didn't like the dimensions before and I don't now. Not a huge fan of the new rounded edges, either.

Posted by Multimoog on September 6, 2007 at 8:44 PM (PDT) Comment 3

iTunes 7.4 supports closed captioning, if the video contains it.

Posted by Japester on September 6, 2007 at 9:51 PM (PDT) Comment 4

Incredibly, I received my Nanos today and they are just amazing. Audo quality is top-notch and they look and feel fabulous.

Do not go based on dimensions or photos. Put one in your hand, in person, and you will be hooked!

Posted by random person on September 7, 2007 at 6:48 PM (PDT) Comment 5

This is not an "A grade" product. Call it a "Gentleman's C" because it's only a retread of old ideas, and worse, old technology. This nano should have had a 16 gig capacity, but I'll bet that Apple has an inventory of 8 gig flash drives they have to get rid of. I hope that by spring there's a new "improved" model out with 16 gig capacity. I would have preferred a 16 gig 2nd generation Nano; that would be a must buy for me. The Touch is just a bit too expensive, and too heavy for a flash player.

Posted by Bunny 212 on September 8, 2007 at 7:58 AM (PDT) Comment 6

I wish I could read the rest of the review, but the drop-down menu is not working in Safari on my Mac. :(

Posted by Galley on September 8, 2007 at 8:21 AM (PDT) Comment 7

I think that apple removed the pin inside the headphone port to output video. The software obviously outputs composite video now, so the older accessories won't play video from the nano & classic even if "video out" is enabled. There will soom be updates from the major dock manufacturers that will output component video.

Has anyone noticed that component can transport HD? Apple might be getting ready to release HD content, which could then be output from a classic or nano, but not played on the screen.

Posted by anti-luddite on September 8, 2007 at 11:14 AM (PDT) Comment 8

im really confused, so aple is not selling 2nd generation ipods anymore?

Posted by snickerdoodle5 on September 8, 2007 at 1:59 PM (PDT) Comment 9

Pretty good review and I would agree with the A rating (unlike the undeserved B+ for the Classic).

Posted by JazzyMac on September 8, 2007 at 4:28 PM (PDT) Comment 10

Got 8G Nano the other day and can't stop enjoying it. It is my favorite and I've had many. It's surprisingly very watchable. The pix definately do not do it justice! To hold one is to want one!

Posted by David999 on September 10, 2007 at 6:31 AM (PDT) Comment 11

Has anyone actually seen or bought the green one?

Green is my favourite colour, but computer monitors don't always give a clear representation. I bought an orange shuffle last year on the basis of a picture, and the colour was not really what I expected. Is it a bright mint, or subdued green?

I went to look in some shops today, but they don't seem to have arrived in Australia yet.

Posted by Queen Dragon on September 10, 2007 at 9:32 PM (PDT) Comment 12

My new nano arrived yesterday. It's apple (Apple?) green. (The color is very true to the web photos.) The packaging alone is a religious experience: a small, clear plexiglas jewel case, beautifully wrapped and boxed.

I can't believe how small and thin the Nano is. Before you criticize the proportions, hold one in your hand. It's wafer thin, and yet has a pleasing, sensuous weight to it. (Psychologically, this reassures you that you've spent a lot of money wisely!) It's just a delight to hold, and the display is amazing. I'm using it in the new armband, which completely and securely covers the Nano and has a velcro flap for easy insertion and removal.

For fun, I took it home and compared it to my first generation iPod, Fred. What a monolith he is with his black and white screen and 80's Mac display text! He's still working just fine, though, six years later.

Posted by cycladic on September 12, 2007 at 5:24 AM (PDT) Comment 13

I love my new silver 8GB nano!

Lest anyone think that 8GB isn't enough for a video iPod, let me set your fears to rest. On my nano, at this moment, I have the following:

Season One of "Weeds" (that's 10 half-hour episodes at high quality H.264)
1 episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (iTunes store standard encoding)
About 5GB of music with all my album art
My contacts, calendars, and a small selection of 100 photos.

Now, I don't know why you'd need more than an entire season of a show at a time, but you could probably fit every existing episode of "Weeds", "Lost", "Monk" and "Heroes" on this thing, and STILL have plenty of room for a decent selection of music.

I treat my nano like the "out for a day" iPod, not the "gone for a week" iPod. If I needed my entire library at hand, I'd bring my laptop.

The size is perfect. When they do make a 16GB nano like this, I'm SO there. For now, this is a great improvement over my last-gen 4GB nano.

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on September 12, 2007 at 6:07 PM (PDT) Comment 14

My girlfrend got the new nono yesterday (the red one); it is truly exquisite to hold and use. Images definitely do NOT do it justice.

For me, I am looking for advice of what iPod to get: I have never had one. I am a photographer (so to be able to use an iPod as a mass storage device would be great, to save carrying the one I have now) and an audiophile, with tube amps and reference speakers etc. As well, I would like to be able to carry contacts and calendar. We are a multiple Mac family, and all wirelessly connected.

So my question are:

1. which iPod for me??? The image storing capacity is not critical (I read Jeremy's review of both the Classic and the Nano, and the image transfer speeds seem v. slow compared to the storage device I use now that can read compact flash cards directly); but uncompressed sound quality is very important. So is the contact and calendar syncing capacities.

2. Can you have two iPods read from the same itunes (so, one for classical, say, and one for jazz) if I decide to get a small and a large capacity one? And can both sync Calendars and Contacts?

If someone can point me to where Q.s like these are answered on this site (or elsewhere) I will be grateful!

Finally, I held a Classic too at the store: don't be put off by the curved edges: they feel awesome to hold, too, but more substantial than the Nano. The sensual quality of the feeling in the hand is why, finally, I am going to succumb abd buy one (or two)!

Posted by Kit_L on September 13, 2007 at 7:05 PM (PDT) Comment 15

hey Kit_L, i'm pretty sure that two ipods can read off of the same itunes. and also, to answer your question, the nano is for people who listen to music mainly but with a hint of photos, and some video.
the classic is for anything. its the video watcher, photo holding, music storge room.
and the touch is your hands on ipod+internet.

you choose. :D

Posted by Daniel90 on September 16, 2007 at 4:56 AM (PDT) Comment 16

I returned the nano to get an iPod touch, and now I have problem.

I like the web browsing on the touch, and the 16Gb of storage. I hate the screen because it's got the "negative blacks" problem, and I dislike the price.

I really would prefer a nano with 16GB of memory. I could live without the web browsing, but the extra space has spoiled me. Maybe my only choice is the iPod classic, after all.

The nano is almost perfect-- I did love mine-- but now that I've had more storage space I can see the need for it. It's kind of nice to have less to shift around to make it fit on my iPod.

Oh Apple! Why no 16GB nano? I'd pay an extra $75 for it!

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on September 16, 2007 at 7:57 PM (PDT) Comment 17

After deciding on upgrading my 1G Nano (I was one of the crazy ones who had installed Linux just to view videos!), I got to the Apple Store with one idea in mind: get the red one! Well, lo & behold, I thought the red color deterred from video viewing, as the silver Nano's video just seemed to pop out from the screen (both had the same screen brightness btw).

So I went with the silver, and everyone that has seen it so far were blown away. First comment was always "Are you really going to watch movies on this tiny thing?", and the following comment after seeing video on it was "Oh my Gawd, it's sooo beautifuuul! That's amaaazing!"

I use iSquint to rapidly convert files to mp4. I got the silver 4Gb version. Why? Well, a 30 minute show takes 62 megs at 320x240. So you can imagine how much video you can stuff when you only have a short daily commute! Too much. I sync my iPod daily, so it was a sensible choice.

I can carry all my favorite podcasts, my Nike playlists, and my TV shows (like The Daily Show) with many pictures, and still have free space to boot. My music collection is quite substantial, but I don't need all of it with me.

I also used the program inVisibles in order to safely transfer all my Nike+ settings from my 1G to my 3G Nano. Piece of cake!

I love my 3G Nano, the screen is gorgeous, the new menus are pure eye-candy, and I can catch up on TV shows while stuck in traffic! Highly recommended!

Posted by SimonMTL on September 16, 2007 at 11:30 PM (PDT) Comment 18
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