Monday, December 10, 2007

How to Choose Between an iPod and an iPod Nano

The iPod has become a cultural icon, a symbol of style and youth. There is an iPod for everyone, no matter your age or personal style. Depending on what you want from your media player, you can probably get it. Here are some easy tips and tricks on how to choose between an iPod and an iPod Nano.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step One
For video, opt for the iPod. The Nano supports picture storage, but doesn’t playback video.

Step Two
If you’ve got a lot of media, opt for the iPod. The iPod comes with an 80 gig hard drive which is 10 times that of the top of the line 8 gig iPod Nano.

Step Three
For accessories, opt for the iPod. Although there are plenty of accessories for the iPod Nano, there are still many more for the original, larger iPod.

Step Four
If price is an object and all you want to do is listen to music, opt for the iPod Nano. It’s $100 less, and eight gigs is a lot of songs (2,000 on average) which is larger than most people’s whole libraries.

Step Five
Go to a local electronics store, bring your headphones and a notebook, and test drive both of them. Feel them out and see which you’re more comfortable using.

Step Six
If fashion comes first, go with the Nano. Its size and array of colors (pink, blue, green, grey and black compared to the black or white iPod) are all the rage.

Step Seven
Consider battery life. The larger screen and video capacity of the iPod shorten its battery life (says Mac) to 20 hours while the smaller iPod Nano has a 24 hour battery life.
by eHow Electronics Editor
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Overall Tips & Warnings
*Check out online retailers, particularly the refurbished section of the Mac Web site, for good deals.
*If buying a used iPod, make sure the previous user unloads all of his or her files so that you don’t inadvertently infringe on any artist's copyrighted material.

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