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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico YOUR TECHNOLOGY So long mini theres a new iPod in town ByMikeWendland Detroit Free Press I am holding in my hand a brandnew iPod nano and all I can say oh boy I need this After I write this column Im going to eBay to sell my old iPod mini which I thought would my music player of choice The iPod nano is the slickest of the alreadyslick iPod model lineup The pictures dont do it justice You have to hold it in your hand It is so slim about the width of a No 2 pencil that the first reac tion of everyone I have shown it to has been Whoa Or something very similar It also looks cool The front is tough shiny plastic and comes in either the familiar iPod white or black The back and sides are chrome And the nano comes in two versions The 2GB model holds about 500 fourminute songs The 4GB model holds about songs of the same length In practice though many songs are much longer and as I loaded my 4GB nano I was only able to get about 800 songs Like the shuffle introduced earlier this year the nano does not use a hard the other models do It uses what is called flash memory storing the data on a microchip Thats how it can be so amazingly com pact Unlike the shuffle the nano has the familiar click wheel navigation control that lets you chose songs And it also has like the more expensive iPods a brightcolor display that not only lists the song and title but displays album art It is as fullfeatured as any iPod You can download photos to it if you want to use some of your memory that way or load it with podcasts that like music can be installed from the iTunes Music Store site You can also install your own compac discs onto the iPod That said there is one disappointment The nano which works with both Macs and Win dowsbased PCs connects to the users computer by a USB port instead of having the option to use the much faster FireWire connections available on most computers That means that it takes longer to get those songs moved from the PC to the iPod To transfer over those 800 songs when I set up my nano took almost 16 minutes True thats a step that most users will only do once But we do like to add and delete songs fairly regularly and that pro cess is more cumbersome than previous users have come to expect After I downloaded my initial 800 songs I found a few dozen that I just didnt want Deleting them and replacing them with others took about 3 minutes But the slight inconve nience of having to wait a little longer is no big deal The ultralight nano is a joy to carry I used it during a morning workout the other day and at ounces it was so nice to carry that my old iPod mini seemed heavy Yet the sound from the nano is as full and crisp and powerful as any other iPod The 30pin standard connec tor on the nano means it also works on all the iPod accesso ries out there like car kits and external speakers Battery life is advertised at about 14 hours 1 havent had mine long enough to verify that but after about six hours of play the battery still reads atad over half fulL There are a couple of other new features with the nano that make the device even more useful A builtin stopwatch will be much appreciated by those who use the nano during exercise And theres a locking feature that you can activate that turns the screen into a com bination lock so other people cant activate the device With the nano comes iTunes 5 a software update that offers a streamlined look and feel to the computer Journey Fatboy SUm Photos by KRT interface The update will especially be appreciated by Windows users as it allows them to seamlessly sync their Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express contacts and calendar to the player something Mac users have been able to do for some time with their Mac Mail and Address Book The nano is available at Apple stores select dealers and online I have to run Time to sell my mini Time to accessorize your nano This nanospecific arm holster with a clear scroll wheel overlay is thin soft lightweight and breathable for maximum comfort ByMikeWendland Detroit Free Press So you finally got yourself that hot new iPod nano Apples new superslim digitalmusic recorder that is the instant new fashion standard for the withit and wired set Now its time to accessorize The iPod nano is Apple Computers replacement for the iPod mini and its buzz and bling factor is major If you want one right away youll have to settle for the that holds 500 songs The 4GB model is in short supply with both of Apples Detroit area stores reporting a 5to 7day wait Similar results are reported nationwide Apple has not yet released nano sales figures but at Apple retail stores in Troy and Novi Mich so many peo ple have called to get hold of one that the store telephone is answered with a recorded announcement on the limited availability of the nano The iPod has become the icon for the digital age selling 27 million since 2001 and accounting for an astounding 75 percent of the musicplayer market That was before of the nano a super sleek device with a color screen that is about as thick as a pen cil It was unveiled two weeks ago by Apple CEO Steve Jobs Now a growing gaggle of gizmos and gadgets is becom ing available to enhance the experience Start off with headphones The nano like all iPods comes with those distinctive 20 SUNDAY Oct 28 2005 The New Mexican magazine
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