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Quick History of the Apple iPod nano

May 15, 2008
The Apple iPod nano is my favorite iPod -- and may be your favorite too. Have you wondered who invented the Apple iPod nano you love some much?

Time to find out.

Obivously the iPod nano evolved from Apple Computer as part of the iPod product line. That original iPod was is often credited to Tony Fadell. Tony was part of the team that created the original iPod classic. Who invented the nano? It seems to be a team effort, as no one is being publicly credited with its invention. Let's look at the details of the nano's launch.

Apple introduced the iPod nano in 2005. It took the press by surprise. The iPod Mini was doing pretty well with the mid-price buyers. Apple discontinued the Mini in favor of the nano.

What was special about the nano? A couple things.

You wouldn't think "storage technology" would be a big deal, but in the case of the iPod nano it's incredibly important. Nanos use flash drive storage -- which is much, much more durable than a typical hard drive. My nano takes a lot of abuse and still keeps running.

The classic iPod has a normal hard drive -- holds more but needs to be treated a little more kindly. Customers using iPods for their workouts (you know, the folks with the armbands on) sometimes complained about the limitations of the classic iPod. No more with the nano.

Of course we can't talk abou the iPod nano without mentioning its size. One of the cool advantages of a flash drive is that it can be much smaller than a traditional hard disk. The iPod nano's size is a terrific advantage over the classic. It fits in a jack pocket, a small purse, and is light on a workout armband.

Where are we now? The third generation iPod nano (the 3G nano) launched September 5, 2007. The release was a major step forward for users wanting games and video playback. The size of the 3G was widened to make room for the graphics.

The nano 3G images are sharp and clear. It renders with a 204 pixel density on a QVGA 320x240 screen. Beautiful.

I wouldn't have thought I'd play games on the nano, but they're atually pretty good. I played Vortex (one of the three games that come with the 3G nano) on a flight home from Minneapolis last month and enjoyed it.

Okay, the history lesson's over. It's time to enjoy your nano!
About the Author
Would you like to make the most of your iPod Nano? Lydia Vaughn gives more ideas and reviews for you at her Nanos Reviewed website.
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