iPod Nano 7th Generation (MacMost Now 774)

iPod Nano 7th Generation (MacMost Now 774)


Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s
episode let’s take a look at the new iPod Nano. So this is the seventh generation of the iPod
Nano and of course before that was the iPod Mini and all the different generations of
the iPod and now the iPod Classic. This new one is a little bit bigger than the sixth
generation one which a lot of people wore as a watch. It is still pretty light and it
is even thinner than that one. It doesn’t have a clip on the back. It has a lot of the
same basic functionality. It has a touch screen and you can control
it with that. In addition it has a Home button on the bottom just like the iPod Touch does.
But it doesn’t run iOS. I doesn’t have any apps you can install. It doesn’t work at all
like an iPhone or an iPod Touch. Of course it is much much smaller and lighter
than any iOS device. It actually is really tiny. But the good news is that in this new
generation you can once again watch videos again on the Nano as you could on the fifth
or fourth generation Nanos. You’ve got a wake and sleep button at the
top. You’ve got a Home button here and then at the bottom you have your connectors for
your headphones and also for the lightening dock connector. On the side you’ve got volume controls and
they are kind of like the ones you find on more advances ear pods. There is the up and
down volume but you can also press the center there to pause your music. So here is the basic interface. You see six
icons on the screen. You can swipe to go to the next screen to see more icons. You can
tap on any to go into that part of the iPod. So let’s go in here and then you can go into
say Artists and keep digging down until you are finally playing a song. Then you have
your controls at the bottom, volume, pause and such. Tap in the middle there and you
get your shuffle controls and repeat controls. Things like that. Then you can swipe in the
other direction to go back as many steps as you want all the way back to the home screen. Now there are also other things you can go
into. Say videos. I have one video here and you can tap it to go in and play it. Video
always plays in horizontal mode. Turn it back to the vertical mode for controls. You can of course sync music, podcasts, photos
all sorts of things. Here I have synced the MacMost podcasts so I can go and watch that
on here as well. At any time you can always tap the Home button to go back to the Home
screen. Then you’ve got photos. Go into there and
you can sync photos and photo albums. When you are in photos you can actually flip the
screen either way. So if I flip it this way I can now review it in the horizontal mode.
Of course since I am shooting straight down it is kind of hard to show you. But either
way you do it you can definitely zoom in using the familiar pinch controls. Now in addition to the basic iPod playback
stuff you’ve of course got Fitness. Under Fitness you’ve got your Nike Plus stuff and
you also can use the iPod as a pedometer. So you can have it just basically guess the
number of steps you are taking as you jog or walk. There is also a radio built in, a FM radio.
You can go between stations and you can also have it pause music playback and it will work
kind of like a DVR where you can pause and then fast forward and get through commercials
even or rewind by thirty seconds. It will also tell you the name of the station and
the songs at the top like you might get in your car. In addition to that you can also
set it to know some stations so let’s see if I can bring that control up here. Here
you go. I’ve got the local stations programmed in and you can actually program these and
reprogram these so you can basically have all the local stations in there and jump between
them rather than searching through the dial. Like the previous Nano you have clock functionality
so you can bring that up. It is a little too big to be worn as a watch but you have that
anyway. Under settings you have various different
settings. So you’ve got the general settings where you can set things like brightness and
the wallpaper. And notice that the wallpaper here it’s all variations of red because you’ve
got the red iPod Nano. You can adjust date and time. Language and Accessibility options
as well. You can also have settings for music and the stuff we are used to seeing in iPod
and iPod apps for video. For radio you can disable live pause if you want. Settings for
photos. It is also useful to know that under the music
app you can go under the Playlists and you can create a new playlist. Swipe down and
I can add and from there I would go in and select the song to start with, hit the plus
and continue to add more songs. Swipe back, go to other albums, add a song and when I’m
done I hit done and I can see the playlist there and then it will be listed as new playlist
1 and that will sync back to my Mac in iTunes later one. You can also create Genius playlists. So you
go into Playlist and from there you tap Genius and its going to ask you to choose a song.
So you pick one song out of your collection to base the playlist on. Once you do it, it
will think for a little bit. So there you can see what it selected and I can swipe down
here and save it as a regular playlist or I can hit refresh as well. Now the Nano comes with a set of ear pods
that do not have a microphone on them. But if you plug in ones that do, you can buy them
independently or may have them from your iPhone, here is what you get. You get a new app that
appears called Voice Memos and you can actually record voice memos as you have on previous
versions of the Nano that supported this. There is no microphone built into the actual
body it has to be on the ear pods. One interesting thing that you can do with
the iPod Nano that you can’t do with say the iPod Touch is that you can use it as kind
of a USB drive. You can plug this into your Mac and have it hooked up with the lightening
connector to USB and actually will mount and allow you to put files on here and take files
off of it. So I can’t emphasize enough how this is NOT
an iPod Touch. You cannot install apps on it and you can’t play games on it. There are
no games at all. You can’t actually change the functionality from what is on there. It
is basically for loading up music, for listening to the radio, using the fitness controls on
here and playing back video. You have to sync it with a computer in order to get stuff on
here. There is no way to contact the internet or network or do anything wirelessly with
this. It is quite a shock if you are used to using iPhone and iPod Touch now to go to
a device like this where you basically sync it to your computer and then all the music
that is on it stays on it and nothing changes until you sync again and change things. It
is of course how iPods worked since the beginning but now in the era of iOS devices where you
are used to actually communicating wirelessly with everything and adding songs and streaming
music from the internet it is important to remember that this device isn’t like that
at all and it is just a standard iPod. So this is a good device if you want something
that is ultra light and can carry your music. Maybe you can load some videos on here. Maybe
if you don’t use an iPhone or if you use an iPhone but you don’t want to take it with
you when you do physical activity like jogging or at the gym or something like that, then
this might be a nice little companion. Or for a kid who is too young to have one of
the iOS devices this is a nice one to have some music and maybe have some videos that
they can watch on car trips and plane trips and such. So this is actually a pretty cool piece of
technology except for the price. It is a $149. For a $199 you can get an iPod Touch and that
connects to WiFi. You can add apps to it, you can make it do different things. You can
send email. You can surf the web. All the things that you cannot do on here. It is only
a $50 difference which seems a little too close for me. If this was a sub $100 device
I think it would be a lot more useful. So I hope you found this look at the new iPod
Nano useful. Until next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.

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