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iPod Nano

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September 7, 2005 02:02 PM PST

iPod NanoThe iPod Nano looks like a good form factor. I feel it's a little out of proportion height wise - would have been nice if it was shorter or the screen was taller. Also, the black version looks pretty cool. I don't really think "cataract-white" and "brushed metal" is really that sweet.

I haven't seen if the Nano will work as a USB host for backing up pictures from a camera. Of course I have a 4GB flash card in my camera, but for some people, or my older camera that would be a nice feature.

The iTunes phone isn't that sweet. I'm surprised the cell networks are letting you copy files directly from the PC to use as ringtones. They must figure "the cut into their meagre profits" is offset by people buying iTunes singles for $2.

Thoughts? Comments?

Comments (18)

Paul, September 7, 2005 02:13 PM:

I need less gadgets, not half-assed convergence (c.f. 100-song phones).

J, September 7, 2005 02:35 PM:

I actually like the modularity of multiple devices (minus all the battery chargers). I'm now thinking the ultimate mobile solution is something like a blackberry/treo that you can snap out the basic cell phone module, so you can just go little cell phone when you don't want the whole bulky device. But this solution is basically now some type of PDA-bluetooth-Razr combination. So I'm not convinced about one device ruling everything.

What I do want is for more of these devices to be wireless. I hate having to have all the cables for the camera, ipod, phone, etc. Bluetooth for some reason is just not great. Bring on Wireless USB.

John, September 7, 2005 02:35 PM:

How much did your 4Gb flash card cost?

J, September 7, 2005 03:10 PM:

Dude - the Nano is flash based! Stop trying to trick me. Hahahaha. The 4gb was like $170 with some crazy coupon codes. Apple has a special deal with Samsung I think, so they'll get it cheaper. It's also potentially a bigger form factor, and slower memory to keep costs down.

John, September 9, 2005 10:05 AM:

Ahh, ... "Having purchased 40% of Samsung's flash memory capacity..." They figure Apple is getting a 44% discount on it memory.

Reference: Biz week article

Wheelson, September 9, 2005 04:14 PM:

I don't really like the golden hammer device either. Usually products that try to do many things really only do one thing well and simply tack on extra features as ill thought out marketing devices. The camera on my phone is the perfect example. The camera sucks and for the phone company to make money on it the transfer of pictures from my phone to my computer is horrible.

I put my trust in devices that only try to do one thing very well.

However, if you gave me a phone that looked just like an iPod Nano (the black one) and on the back there was a tiny speaker and a tiny microphone and one of the menu options was an address book I could see myself changing my mind. Would Apple ever do this? Probably not because they'd have to make a T-Mobile iPod Nano, a Sprint iPod Nano, etc.

Paul, September 9, 2005 07:51 PM:

Back to the iPod nano... these things are amazingly small and awesome! I saw one last night while hanging out at the Apple campus, and I absolutely wanted to get the black one, except that I already have a regular 40 GB iPod that is almost full.

J, September 9, 2005 09:53 PM:

P: What were you doing at Apple?
W: Yeah, if the nano WERE the iPod phone it would be the best ever. Seems like nano+razr wouldn't be that hard to squeeze in a little format.

Paul, September 9, 2005 10:40 PM:

Becoming a CocoaHead.

J, September 9, 2005 11:02 PM:

I guess Cocoa will be running on Intel soon!

Here's a good use for the iPod Nano - a windows boot drive. I didn't realize that newer motherboards on Windows allowed booting of USB. This opens up some good possibilities to dual booting Linux.

The Mac has long had the ability to boot off the iPod - I can't wait till we just shuttle our machine state from home to work on the iPod. "Network" you say? Never underestimate the bandwidth of a 60GB iPod in your pocket hurtling down the freeway.

John, September 10, 2005 03:21 PM:

So firewire support has quietly been dropped. I guess firewire gets no love anymore and will slowly die.

One thing I wish the Ipod had was a memory slot of some sort. This would let you either expand the memory or transfer pictures / files from card to the ipod.

Here is an interesting link:
The Ipod family cemetery

Paul, September 10, 2005 08:14 PM:


J, September 10, 2005 10:22 PM:

The Nano is definitely small enough that they could add a cell phone chip and antenna to it and it would be no bigger than a current "candybar" phone. Pretty much it was a mistake to announce the two on the same day. People were looking for the "iTunes" phone to look like the Nano. They'd even put up dialing by scroll wheel for this thin (LOL - rotary phones again). Sony (who?) also messed up by announcing the latest iteration of the walkman the same day.

Wheelson, September 11, 2005 03:12 PM:

Saw the Nano this weekend at the Apple store. Beautiful. They have the black or white plastic tops but also a thin (maybe 1mm) layer of clear plastic covering the colored plastic. It made me finally feel like I was starting to live in the 21st century. If I could use it in a flying hovercar then the transition to 21st century jet setter would be complete.

J, September 11, 2005 11:58 PM:

Apple still has the design touch. Why can't others replicate it? Here's an interesting article about the limitations of the ROKR. Apparently, you can't use the iTunes on the phone as ringtones. Crazy bastards.

John, September 20, 2005 06:31 PM:

It seems to me that this thing is thin and light enough that you should be able to just dock it straight into your car stereo. Kind of like a cassette tape. Hey remember the 80s?

Any bets on who will come out first with a car deck with a front loading Ipod Nano slot?

Paul, September 20, 2005 07:57 PM:

What they need to do is get rid of the iPod colours, and go with "mood iPods". Remember "mood rings"? Like that, except the iPod changes colour based on the current song genre / tempo.

John, September 20, 2005 09:17 PM:

I think you're on to something there. Just embed a few multi-color LEDs between the color layer and the clear layer of plastic. It could also work as a viz by flashing colors along with the beat. Now if I can only get the patent pushed through before Jobs reads this tomorrow.

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