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3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice improvement but incompatible with Bose..., October 8, 2008
This review is from: Apple iPod nano 16 GB 4th Generation (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
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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Initial post: Nov 9, 2008 3:20:02 PM PST
TheDecider says:
I also have a Bose SoundDock that is less than a year old and it will not charge this iPod Nano. It's very frustrating - I play the Nano until the batter drains and then undock it, recharge via an apple cable and then when recharged put it back on the dock. The Bose system was expensive and I am annoyed that Apple decided to change the docking setup (the pins wired for charging or whatever they changed). Surely they knew that thousands of owners of docking systems would get screwed? Am I expected to buy a new Bose system every time I want a new Ipod? Sheesh. Thanks Apple.

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 7:52:10 PM PST
WiredKnight says:
Hah, are you kidding? Apple's always done this sort of thing.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 6:19:57 PM PST
MW says:
Supposedly the sound quality's better if it's draining the battery as opposed to charging it. Silver lining.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2008 6:47:28 AM PST
John Smith says:
Yeah, and fanboys keep eating it up. I want this for my car, but if it won't charge then screw it. Come on apple, what the fu#$?

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 4:50:21 PM PST
W. Levy says:
I'll explain the whole issue with the 4th gen Nano not charging on certain devices...

I agree, it is frustrating. And, it does seem like Apple it stickin' it to the customer, however, it's not Apple that is the problem here, it's the other manufacturers.

The older iPods all charge using either the FireWire or USB tab on the plug. Apple said a few years ago they were getting rid of FireWire. All of the "made for iPod" manufacturers knew this. But, for whatever reason, easier to not change the way they do things, or to get you to buy a new accessory a year or two later, they did not switch the charging part of their docks to the USB tab, they kept it on the FireWire tab. Well, now the FireWire tab is gone, like Apple told them it would be. And that's that. It's not so much Apple that is the problem, it's the other manufacturers.

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 9:57:24 PM PST
Rebekah Delk says:
I have the new nano, and the Bose sounddock, it charges it and plays just fine! I have also used all of my previous chargers to my old nano and they fit and charge the new.

Posted on Jan 3, 2009 12:50:04 PM PST
Odwalla says:
It seems to me that it would be possible for someone to manufacture a little adapter that hooks over these firewire-based docks and simply re-routes the pins so that they go to the corresponding USB power pins, but I've searched all over and can't seem to find anything like that.

Does anybody know of a product like this?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2009 12:54:18 PM PST
Zippy says:
the bose sounddock does not charge the 4th generation nano..a message comes up saying that it does not support charging the device. ???????????

Posted on Jan 7, 2009 9:59:36 AM PST
The new Nano does not charge also on my Itrip car adapter by Griffin, I already sent this company a complaint, but I am afraid they will not give me an answer or solution, I only bought this new model because the previous one was stolen from my car, come on Apple, are you monopolizing the market? I bet you are! And by the way, try sending them an email, impossible!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2009 7:53:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 19, 2009 7:54:28 PM PST
Amy H. says:
Scosche makes the passPort, which will allow the 4th generation ipod nano to charge in the older devices. It can be found at the following link:
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