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Apple’s New Touchscreen iPod nano Loses Video Playback And Camera – Will Probably Not Be Missed

iPod Nano Touch (Image courtesy Apple)
By Andrew Liszewski

I still hold the iPod Shuffle in high regard as one of Apple’s greatest creations. It immediately replaced my larger iPod which had taught me the novelty and joy of just randomly shuffling through my music. But as these diminutive players grew in capacity, allowing us to carry larger chunks of our music collections, being able to occasionally call up a specific track was a missed feature. So that’s why I’m really enthralled by the new iPod nano which is kind of a fantastic hybrid between the Shuffle and the iPod Touch.

Gone is the previous generation Nano’s buttons, vertically oriented landscape display and camera (which I’m pretty sure won’t be missed) and in its place is a square multi-touch capable screen large enough to accommodate 4 icons. While it’s a bit larger than the new iPod Shuffle (also announced today) it’s 46% smaller and 42% lighter than the previous generation Nano, which always seemed odd and out of place to me. Also gone is the ability to watch videos which makes sense given the tiny display, and again, it’s another feature that probably won’t be missed. The multi-touch display gives you full access to your music as well as other useful functionality like an FM radio, connectivity with Nike’s accessories and even the ability to view tiny photo slideshows. And instead of a gyro inside to detect when you’ve rotated the device, you can manually spin the screen’s orientation with a couple of fingers and a twisting gesture.

Available in 7 colors starting next week the new multi-touch iPod nano comes in 2 capacities: 8GB for $149 and 16GB for $179.

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  • http://www.augusthiggins.net William Higgins

    I don't know. My kids love watching video on the current nano and they do take some video. It is like the poor man's touch. I think there may be a bigger gap now between this and the touch. We will see. I am sure it will still do well. But, it does seem to take things back and focus on music more. That, is good.

  • Grangoire

    Battery life should have been longer than 24 hours.
    If it were they could have added a wrist band and made it an iWatch.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQ4XWZZBBYN7ZT45AY65YFDIQE JJF

    Make it smaller, add a touch screen, and remove some features, and somehow it's more expensive than an iPod nano. That doesn't really make sense to me.

  • EspritOuvert

    I think it's just so damn adorable. If I wasn't on the zune bandwagon, I'd totally get it.

  • http://dannyk.wordpress.com/ Danny

    Actually there is a wrist band you can buy…
    My friend just did and she uses it as a wrist watch ;)

  • TwoReplies

    Yeah, I saw that back in October… shortly after I posted that comment.
    In fact, there are quite a few companies that make them now.

    Though I still think Apple should work on up'ing the battery life well BEYOND 24 hours. Having to recharge your watch every night just isn't practical.
    It makes the 'watch' merely a novelty, rather than truly useful.