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Apple iPod nano 4 GB Black (1st Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Apple
3.4 out of 5 stars 373 customer reviews
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  • 4 GB model stores up to 1000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC, MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR
  • Only .27 inches thin and 1.5 ounces, with a bright color display
  • Up to 14 hours of music playback; up to 4 hours of slideshows with music
  • Comes with earbud headphones, USB cable, dock adapter
  • Compatible with Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
  • It is compatible with Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.
  • It comes with earbud headphones, USB cable, dock adapter.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Apple
  • Model Number: MA107LL/A
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 4 GB
  • Supported Standards: MP3;MP3 VBR;Protected AAC;WAV
  • Hardware Platform: Mac, PC
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Product Description

Product Description

iPod nano now has a built-in video camera that lets you spontaneously shoot video wherever you are. It has a dramatic, polished anodized aluminum finish and a larger screen. The new Genius Mixes feature acts as your personal DJ, automatically searching your iTunes library, then making mixes you'll love. iPod nano has a new Pedometer that counts your steps. It also has a built-in FM radio with two amazing features such as iTunes Tagging and Live Pause. So the world's most popular music player now has more to play with.

From the Manufacturer

Take everything you love about iPod and shrink it. Now shrink it again. The pencil-thin iPod nano packs the entire iPod experience into an impossibly small design. So small, it will take your music places you never dreamed of.

Believe Your Ears
Call it astonishing. Unbelievable. Impossible, even. Then pick it up and hold it in your hand. Take in the brilliant color display. Run your thumb around the Click Wheel. Put on the earbuds and turn up your music. That’s when everything becomes clear: It’s an iPod.

The iPod nano is the same thickness as a #2 pencil.
It holds up to three days’ worth of music. It plays for up to 14 hours between battery charges.(1) It displays the color album art for the song you’re listening to right now. It carries your photos, podcasts and audiobooks. It syncs seamlessly with iTunes. It connects to a host of iPod accessories. Simply put, iPod nano is 100-percent iPod. And then some.

Touch and Go
iPod nano’s Click Wheel puts music under your thumb. Click to fast-forward, rewind, play, pause or access menus. Use the touch-sensitive surface to control volume or browse music. You can do it all without looking. But with an iPod this beautiful, who’d want to?

The small form of the iPod nano lets you take your music anywhere.
Song Stylings
Add accessories to your iPod nano via the Dock connector and headphone jack and your music will always keep up with you -- at home, on the go, even in your car. Of course, in either signature white or sleek black, iPod nano itself makes the ultimate accessory.

Up to 4 GB(2) of skip-free storage on a featherweight iPod means you can wear almost three days’ worth of music around your neck. Or jog with 1,000 songs on your arm. Now that you can take your music everywhere, there’s no limit to where it will take you.

iPod nano Features

  • Holds up to 1,000 songs and full-color album art
  • Only 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27 inches and 1.5 ounces
  • Bright 1.5-inch color LCD display
  • Up to 14 hours of battery life
  • Apple Click Wheel
  • Charges and syncs via USB
  • Accessory-compatible Dock connector
  • Completely skip-free playback
  • Works with Mac OS X or Windows 2000/XP
  • Plays music, podcasts and audiobooks
  • Holds up to 25,000 photos
  • Syncs contacts, calendars and to-do lists

  1. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced. Battery life and the number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
  2. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less. Song capacity based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding.

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Apple
Item Weight 5.9 ounces
Product Dimensions 0.3 x 1.6 x 3.4 inches
Origin Imported (China)
Item model number MA107LL/A
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista; Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2; Apple MacOS X 10.4.9; Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
Number of Items 1

Technical Specification

Product Manual [PDF 1.01mb]

Additional Information

ASIN B0007Y79B2
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 373 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,300 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Player Accessories > Cases
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available March 28, 2005

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I love the iPod. Always have. At home, we have five, including this one: the 4GB iPod nano black.

Before you leap, realize two things: (1) this iPod is extremely fragile compared to other iPods, particularly the tough-as-nails iPod mini (a drop of a couple of feet onto a linoleum floor took out the screen); and (2) the black version gets scratched very easily, and shows scratches far more than any white iPod I've owned (after a day and before dropping the damn thing, it already looked awful from scratching -- and it was treated with kid gloves).

Okay, if you can live with those caveats, and invest in a durable protector (we bought the arm-band holder, which does a lousy job of protecting the iPod nano)--none of which are out yet--then this new iPod is truly an amazing bit of technology. It's tiny (it feels even smaller than the photos suggest), has great sound quality (better, I think, than any other iPod I've owned), and the display is gorgeous (even though tiny).

For me, the mini (now defunct, but bargains still abound) is the better choice given its sturdiness. I'm not up for museum-relic care for my electronics, which would certainly help if you own one of these.

Another beautiful, functional gizmo from Apple. Just know what you're getting. Some websites claim the nano is sturdy. I can tell you, from first hand experience, it isn't. So, you be the judge. (Sure, the thing still played, but replacing the screen will set you back at least $90, and, even on the web sites in question, the screen broke.)

(Oh, and if you see someone taking shots at the iTunes software, don't believe it. It's the best music software out there, and its integration with this--or any--iPod is a joy.)


Follow up ... Apple has admitted a problem with some of the nano screens and is doing the right thing: replacing the units with new ones. BRAVO!
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I bought a 4GB Nano because I wanted a flash player I could use while exercising, but that's not the only reason. I also was curious about why the iPod in its various permutations has become such a cultural phenomenon. I'm an older guy who can remember when the only "portable player" was a small Japanese transistor radio, so I've seen a lot of changes in audio technology during my lifetime. The original Sony cassette Walkman was revolutionary in its day; the first portable cd players, with their virtually nonexistent antiskip functions, were considered a marvel. We've come a long way, baby.

For years now I've been content to use a good-quality portable cd player for my on-the-go music, along with Etymotic ER-4P canalphones, a tiny, twin earplug-like device that makes the headphones packaged with any commercial portable seem laughable by comparison. In the past few years, however, I have watched as the "iPod revolution" totally transformed the world of tiny audio, to the point where it's now virtually impossible to find a portable cd player with good sound quality. Portable digital players rule!

So I decided, what the hey, I'll give this new technology a try! I bought my Nano, along with a small leatherette case to ward off the apparently inevitable scratches this player suffers if you don't cover it up with something protective. Proving that you can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks, I quickly learned how to use the iTunes software, and I began loading my cd's onto my computer hard drive and, in turn, into my Nano's flash memory.

Two weeks into this Brave New World of Nano, my verdict is mostly positive, but definitely mixed. First of all, this thing is, indeed, FUN.
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I received a 4gb black Nano as a gift (from my boss - how cool is that?). I like it a lot, but my disappointment with its flaws would be a lot stronger if I'd shelled out $250 for it.

The good points we all know about: tiny, light, superb UI, good capacity, good sound, "cool factor". And, uh, you can install Linux on it. :D

There are bad points, however, and for me some of them are significant. (I switched over from an iPod Shuffle 1gb and am using the same (Phillips noise-canceling) headphones, which makes for a pretty fair comparison between the two devices.)

First off, I could care less about scratches; it's a music appliance, not jewelry. I keep mine in a pocket without change or lighters and it's fine.

The Shuffle is slightly louder. This won't matter to most people but I work in a datacenter where the ambient noise level is very high, and for some songs that were ripped at low level, maximum volume on the Nano isn't quite enough.

The display screen is great for song info and album art but seems a bit washed out for photos. Perhaps it's the downsampling algorithm the Nano uses when it imports photos. Not terribly important either.

The battery level meter on the Nano display could have been programmed a bit better. From fully charged it drops to the next level within a couple of minutes. Now I know it's not technically "full" anymore, but it's still a bit disconcerting. The battery-level bar also turns red quite early, when there's more than an hour of play left. Again, disconcerting and unnecessary. I much prefer the Shuffle's way, using a single LED that goes from green to yellow to red. You see green until yellow appears with about an hour left, and when you see red you've only got a few minutes.
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