Apple iPod Nano 8GB Third Generation

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Apple iPod Nano 8GB Third Generation

It's the small iPod with one very big idea: Video. Now the world's most popular music player lets you enjoy TV shows, movies, video podcasts, and more...

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Review of "Apple iPod Nano 8GB Third Generation"

published 14/04/2008 | ParkinK02
Member since : 18/04/2007
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Pro Looks great, great little gadget
Cons Major firmware problems on first editions
Sound Quality
Ease of Use
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"Ipod Nan - OK..."

My experience of the new Nano iPod was not a good one. I bought it on the day of release as it looks really nice and is tiny, and can store over 1000 songs (depending on the quality / file size).

My first problem began when I tried to put music on it, itunes installed ok and the ipod was recognised but after about 2 hours of watching the itunes status bar saying the music was being uploaded i knew there was a problem. I kept getting error messages. It turned out that it was because I hadn't installed the latest Windows update for XP, but I was already onto my second unit as Currys (where I bought mine) replaced it saying they had had loads back with the same problem.

The support from Apple was poor to put it lightly, almost impossible to actually speak to someone, or even find a number to call, I managed to get through to someone who said the only thing they can do is tell me how to reset it as the product was really new, which to me suggested a rush on the launch.

I eventually managed to install it thanks to help from one of the 6000 people in the apple chat-room dedicated to this problem.

Apple have now released an update to itunes and the ipod firmware so if you have one bought in the first 2 months of release you can update the firmware via itunes, if you bought it after that then it will have the firmware installed. However I have still not had any replies to the 3 emails I sent asking for help on this matter, only an automated response saying they'll be in touch in the next 7 days (a very long time ago)

If you want one of these buy it new as it will have all the latest bug fixes etc. Make sure all your software etc is fully up to date on your computer too.
They look great, and the price is cheap when you think you can store films, music or even use it as a hard drive to store files on.

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Product Information : Apple iPod Nano 8GB Third Generation

Manufacturer's product description

It's the small iPod with one very big idea: Video. Now the world's most popular music player lets you enjoy TV shows, movies, video podcasts, and more. The larger, brighter display means amazing picture quality. In five eye-catching colors, iPod nano is stunning all around.

Product Details

Audio System / Type: MP3 Player

Flash Memory / Installed Size: 8192

Digital Storage Media: Built-In Flash Memory

Built-In Radio: Without Built-In-Radio, without Built-In Radio

Manufacturer: Apple

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Built-in Display: Colour - 320 x 240 - 2" - LCD

Weight: 49 g

Dimensions (WxDxH): 5.2 cm x 0.7 cm x 7 cm

Enclosure Colour: Black, Blue, Green, Silver, Pink

Equaliser: Digital graphic

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

Built-in clock: Yes, alarm, stopwatch

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless , MPEG-4, H.264, MOV , BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD (Mac only), TIFF

Product Type: Digital player flash based

Product Description: Apple iPod nano - digital player

Flash Memory: 8 GB

Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion

Headphones: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo

iPod Generation: 3G

Interface Supported: USB 2.0

Screen Size in Inches: 2

Built-In Microphone: No

Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No

Storage Medium: Built-In Memory, Hard Disk Drive

Storage Capacity in MB: 8192

Video Playtime in Hours: 5

Width in mm: 52.3

Height in mm: 69.8

Depth in mm: 6.5

MPEG 4 Playback: Yes

WMV Playback: No, without WMV Playback

DivX Playback: No

MPN: MB249ZO/A, MB261ZD/A, MB453ZD/A, MA980ZD/A, MB253ZD/A, MB249ZD/A

EAN: 0885909193868, 0885909189618, 0885909219247, 5050053533180, 0885909165049, 0885909188598, 5000008384459, 0885909188079, 0885909188628, 5000007478371, 5000008375112, 0885909188604, 0885909165056, 0885909188086, 5051749288971, 0885909188109, 0885909189649, 0885909165070, 5050053467263, 5027631060604, 5027631065661, 5027631060635, 5027631065654

OGG Playback: No

AVI Playback: No

AAC Playback: Yes

H.264 Playback: No

MPEG2 Playback: No

Weight in Grams: 49.2

Horizontal Resolution in Pixel: 320

Vertical Resolution in Pixel: 240

Type: Audio/Video Player

Display Technology: TFT Display

W-LAN Connection: No, without WLAN, with WLAN

Bluetooth: No

Direct TV Recording: No

Direct Radio Recording: No

Type of Memory Stick Interface: No

Type of SD Card Interface: No

Battery Type: Li Ion

Replaceable Battery: No

Touchscreen: No

Music Playtime in Hours: 24

MP3 Playback: Yes, with MP3 Playback

WMA Playback: No

WAV Playback: Yes

Operating System: Proprietary

Photo Viewer: Yes

MPEG4 Playback: with MPEG4 Playback

Audio Line-In Interface: No

Digital Player (Recorder) / Supported Digital Audio Standards: Protected AAC, Audible 3, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible 2, AIFF, MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, Audible 4

Battery / Run Time (Up To): 24

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year ¦ Technical support - phone consulting - 90 days

System Requirements

OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS X 10.4.8 or later

Peripheral / Interface Devices: USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification)

Software Requirements: iTunes 7.4 or later, iTunes 7.6 or later


Battery Life Details: Digital playback - up to 24 hour(s) ¦ Video playback - up to 5 hour(s)

Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion

Battery Enclosure Type: Integrated

Run Time (Up To): 24 hour(s)

Recharge Time: 3 hour(s)


Cables Included: USB cable

Included Accessories: USB cable, docking station adapter


Connector Type: Docking station ¦ Headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )


Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Impedance: 32 Ohm

Frequency Response: 20 - 20000 Hz

Digital Player (Recorder)

Features: JPEG photo playback, variable bit-rate compatible, MPEG-4 playback

Playback Modes: Repeat all, random play / shuffle, one track repeat

Supported Bit Rate: 16 - 320Kbps

ID3 Tags Support: Yes


Equalizer Type: Digital graphic

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size: 2"

Resolution: 320 x 240

Built-in Display: LCD - colour

Display Illumination: Yes

Display Illumination Colour: Blue-white

Display Menu Language: Danish, Hungarian, Czech, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), English, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Korean

Audio System

Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

Features: Volume limiter, calendar, built-in games, USB 2.0 compatibility, Cover Flow

Timer: Stopwatch, sleep, wake

Equaliser: Yes

Flash Memory: 8 GB

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Built-in clock: Yes, alarm, stopwatch

Digital Photo Playback: Yes

Digital Video Playback: Yes


iPod Generation: 3G

Enclosure Material: Steel, anodised aluminium

Weight: 49 g

Height: 7 cm

Width: 5.2 cm

Digital Player Functions: Photo playback, video playback

MPN: MB261ZD/A, MB249ZO/A, MB253ZO/A, MA980ZO/A, MB261ZO/A, MB453ZO/A, MB261ZP/A, MB453Z0/A, MA980ZD/A, MB253ZD/A, MB249ZD/A, MB453LL/A, MB453ZG/A, MB253ZG/A, MA980ZG/A, MB249ZG/A, MA980ZP/A, MB453, MB261ZG/A, MB253, MB253ZP/A, MB249, MA980, MB249ZP/A, MB261

Product Type: Digital player

Digital Player Type: Flash based

Depth: 0.7 cm

Enclosure Colour: Black, Blue, Green, Silver, Pink

Supported Digital Photo Standards: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD (Mac only), TIFF

Supported Digital Video Standards: MPEG-4, H.264, MOV

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless

Interface Supported: USB 2.0


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