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Apple iPod nano 16 GB 4th Generation (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Apple
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  • 16 GB Storage Capacity (Estimated Free Space 12.5 GB) for 4,000 songs, 14,000 photos, or 16 hours of video
  • Up to 24 hours of music playback or 4 hours of video playback when fully charged
  • 2-inch LCD with blue-white LED backlight and 320-by-240-pixel resolution
  • Supported audio formats: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • Supported video formats: H.264, MPEG-4; Supported image file types: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG
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Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: Apple
  • Model Number: MB918LL/A
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 16 GB
  • Color: Black
  • Supported Audio Format: AAC// Protected AAC// MP3// MP3 VBR// Audible// Apple Lossless// AIFF// and WAV
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Product Description

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Product Description

All buttons remain accessible through the case, and the sync/charge and headphone jacks are accessible via silicone plugs.

With eight amazing colors, a new curved design, and great new features, iPod nano rocks like never before. The Genius Playlist feature finds the songs in your music library that go great together and makes a playlist for you. With its built-in accelerometer, iPod nano is made to move. Give it a shake, and it shuffles to a different song in your library. Turn it on its side to flip through your album art in Cover Flow. And tilt, move, and play accelerometer-inspired games (games available separately). Watching movies, TV shows, and video is even more fun on the sharp 2-inch screen. And your photos (up to 14,000 of them) look great in portrait or landscape view. Available in 8 GB and 16 GB models, the 16 GB iPod nano puts up to 4,000 songs or 16 hours of video in your pocket.

With a new curved design and great new features, iPod nano rocks like never before. Click to enlarge.

Up to 4,000 songs, 16 hours of video, or 14,000 photos in your pocket. Click to enlarge.

Just under a quarter-inch deep. Click to enlarge.

Available in nine amazing colors; the (PRODUCT)RED nano is available exclusively through Apple. Click to enlarge.

Enjoy album art in Cover Flow, games, videos, and photos in landscape mode. (Green nano shown here.)

A Musical Genius
Say you're listening to a song you really like and want to hear other tracks that go great with it. The Genius Playlist feature finds the songs in your music library that go great together and makes a Genius Playlist for you. It's like having your own highly intelligent, personal DJ.

Find Your Music Faster
It's even easier to find the song you want to hear. Now you can view your album art in Cover Flow. Or just press and hold the Center button to browse by album or artist. When you find the right song, press the Center button to add it to your on-the-go playlist.

Rock and Roll Over
Tilt or turn iPod nano on its side, and you'll listen, watch, and play in new ways. You can flip through your album art with Cover Flow. Or, vertically speaking, see more albums and artists on the screen at one time.

Shake Your Groove Thing
Sometimes, we could all use a little unpredictability. And now you can shake to change your music. Just give iPod nano a shake, and it shuffles to a different song in your music library. You'll always be surprised by what you'll hear.

Let the Games Begin
Now you can get in on games made especially for iPod nano and the accelerometer. They respond to the way you move, so they're immersive, addictive, and a blast. The iPod nano comes with Maze, which lets you work your way through vast mazes by tilting and moving. You can find even more games on the iTunes Store.

Even Your Photos Rock
Pull hundreds of photos from your pocket and share them wherever you go. Hold iPod nano upright and see your photos in portrait view. Turn the player on its side to see them in landscape. Your photos look beautiful in their proper aspect ratio on the vibrant, 320-by-240-resolution display.

The World's Biggest Small Screen
Watching movies, TV shows, and videos is big fun on iPod nano. And the high-resolution picture looks crisp and vivid on the 2-inch widescreen display. So you can always have a little video with you.

Reduced Environmental Impact
The iPod nano embodies Apple's continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Arsenic-free glass
  • Brominated flame retardant-free
  • Mercury-free
  • PVC-free
  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure

What's in the Box
iPod nano, earphones, USB 2.0 cable, dock adapter, quick start guide

Product Information

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Technical Details
Brand NameApple
Item Weight1.3 ounces
Product Dimensions2.2 x 1.8 x 4 inches
Item model numberMB918LL/A
Power Source TypeBattery
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows XP Professional SP3; Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3; Microsoft Windows Vista; Apple MacOS X 10.4.11
Number of Items1
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Best Sellers Rank #9,978 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8 ounces
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Date First AvailableSeptember 8, 2008
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Review from 4th Gen iPod nano -- We Want Our Square Form Factor Back!
Read the full 4th Gen iPod Nano review at
Here's a hard truth: Even if Apple decided to carve its new nano out of petrified poo and bless it with a Braille display, the interface alone would still make Cupertino's latest flash-based music player leagues better than the competition. So what's our opinion of the new nano? Well, it's just like the old nano, just a little roomier (fine) and shaped like an airfoil (weird). This new aerodynamic form doesn't seem to have any discernible functional purpose, but the Triscuit-shaped nano had some distinct advantages over this new 4th gen model: It was a better piece of fitness gear, fitting more comfortably into sporty armbands and the tiny pockets so common to the backs of running shorts. The old screen orientation also allowed you to control video content more intuitively, though the new elongated shape is better for navigating long playlists. Sure, that’s a decent upgrade--as is the price-to-gig ratio--but unless you absolutely need to shake-to-shuffle (spazz) or will be building an airplane out of iPods (paging Mr. Branson), the best thing about the new nano is how flooded eBay’s gonna be with cast-off 3rd gen models. Read the full 4th Gen iPod nano review at

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375 of 404 people found the following review helpful By Joseph D. Snell on October 8, 2008
Package Type: Standard Packaging
Having 16GB of storage is a huge plus for the new version of the Nano.

The control wheel seems a bit "stiff" and it is not as responsive as past versions but it works fine.

The menus and setup choices have been improved. These are nice but don't make a major difference. "Shake" shuffle is a bit silly (in my opinion it is just as easy to push the advance on the control wheel) but it can easily be turned off.

BIG MINUS - Apple un-necessarily changed the plug on this version of the Nano. The unit will not charge using my older iPod chargers. The bigger issue is that my Bose and other expensive speaker units will play this Nano but they won't charge it.

Apple is beginning to act more and more like Microsoft - forcing its customers to make un-necessary software upgrades and expensive hardware changes in order to use their latest product versions.

Anyway - the Nano is a great product. If you already have a Nano the only justification I can find to upgrade would be the need for more storage or the desire to play video on a very small screen.

If you don't need the video or more music storage you should stick with your older Nano.
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263 of 282 people found the following review helpful By antibambi on November 19, 2008
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this is my 6th portable digital music device so far, and i tried to avoid ipods because they always got bad reviews for malfunctioning and lacking features. this on is a different story. not only is this ipod the thinnest ipod ever made (you can stop here, apple, any further and it will vanish), its made smart, and so far its a pretty good buy for me. unlike everyone thinks cover flow cant be turned off, it can. instantly after i connected my ipod for the first time to itunes a new firmware update popped up, and one of the updates was an option to turn off cover flow, among other things.

+ pros
-incredibly thin. i cant even tell its in my pocket
-aluminum casing and glass screen offer excellent scratch resistence
-very light
-very competitive pricing - 16 gb for what the nano offers is the most affordble nano ever. the apple reputation has never been so attainable.
- accelerometer - this adds a few fun touches to operate without pressing buttons, is very useful for rotation on the screen when viewing pictures or watching videos. games are now actually very interesting
- screen clarity
-simplicity of use
-lots of colours to choose from

- cons
ITUNES - although itunes is the gold standard in today's media players, it has a tendency to use a massive amount of resources on any pc, and runs without question parallel to quicktime.
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218 of 249 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Sichmeller on September 27, 2008
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The new 4G nanos are NOT compatible with any of the old accessories: speakers, car cables, clock radios, docking stations, etc. If you routinely listen through one of these devices, please be aware that your new nano will not charge through these items. They will also burn through your battery because they prohibit your iPod from going into "power saver" mode- and the only way to charge the new iPod is through the USB cable on your computer. Apple does not tell you this anywhere. When I complained Apple told me "too bad." They told me all accessories that were compatible are listed on their website. WRONG- my products are not on the website at all- but is compatible with 4 other iPods we have in the house (including a new 80GB). The tech also mentioned "currently we have no speaker systems compatible with the 4G nano." Nice of them to make this public knowledge before everyone upgrades.

Besides that, the new wheel feels cheap, is smaller and more difficult to use than the wheel on my old 2nd generation nano. Should have stuck with that- but needed the bigger memory size. Nice look, good screen colors and viewing, but I just can't get past that all my old systems are useless for this new and improved iPod.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Walisa on October 3, 2008
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Works great and PLAYS FINE in older speaker systems, but HEADS UP: NANO 4G WILL NOT CHARGE IN MOST OLDER SPEAKER SYSTEMS. Brought it home from apple store today, and doesn't charge in my ihome, altec lansing IM7, or my car FM transmitter module.

Has to do with the pin configuration, and it now only charges via USB (and not firewire). Scroll to the bottom of this macworld article (3rd or 4th to last paragraph) [...]

If you have a lot invested in ipod speakers/etc, beware that they may not charge it. So you'll have to reinvest. Else a fine ipod.
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69 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on October 6, 2008
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This is utter nonsense. I have a Tivoli iyiyi that I love and that worked wonderfully with my last ipod. This one displays a message saying that charging is not supported, then it freezes after a few moments. It does exactly the same thing on my Honda ipod port in my Accord. This is just outrageous considering I now have several hundred dollars worth of apparently useless ipod gear, not to mention a useless ipod. I strongly recommend that you consider this problem if you have older ipod compatible gear and that you consider not getting into ipods at all if they are going to keep changing it's compatibility.
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