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Love in the Smallest Packages: iPod Nano Accessories

Feb 26, 2008
Apple's iPod is known foremost for revolutionizing the digital music world. Secondly, it is known for offering an infinite amount of possibilities for customization through its selection of available accessories, both released by Apple and other competing technology companies. These accessories allow the iPod to become so much more than a music player, giving the listener the freedom to define his or her personality through the tiny device he or she carries. These accessories are not universal, however, and the iPod Nano, one of the newer releases of Apple's landmark product, requires its own specialized gadgets. iPod Nano accessories are tailored to the Nano's smaller size, as well as to the needs and desires of the users more likely to purchase this iPod rather than one of the bigger models.

Why Nano, Why Now?

The iPod Nano appeals to individuals who want a personal music player, but who do want that device to take over their lives. Older generation iPods, even though endowed with much larger hard drives, are bulky. The Nano, however, can slide comfortably into any pocket, pouch or bag. And with the newest generation of Nanos, Apple was sure to shrink the size even more. Consequently, many of the accessories offered for the normal iPod must be adapted for use with its smaller cousin.

iPod Nano accessories include anything a listener might need to enjoy his or her music experience fully. Some of the most popular iPod Nano accessories are cases, carrying bags and arm bands. These accessories protect the Nano from the elements, but also provide more accessibility; for example, with the arm band, listeners can comfortably switch songs, change settings, adjust the volume and turn the iPod off and on while on a treadmill or out for a run in a busy park. The band slips around the upper arm, and securely holds the Nano in place. Other cases provide protection for the screen, buttons and outer shell of the Nano; some cases are hard while others are nothing more than cloth or rubber sleeves. The lifestyle of the listener will dictate which of these iPod accessories he or she purchases, but they each serve the same purpose: protection plus accessibility.

The size of the iPod Nano also affects any docking equipment a listener may consider. Docking equipment can be used to charge the Nano or to hook it up to speakers. These iPod Nano accessories cradle the Nano securely, allowing the hard drive to be accessed while also charging the battery. Since the size of the Nano is unique, the shape of the connection must be unique as well. It is utterly impossible to use a Nano with original iPod accessories: not only will it prove unsuccessful, any attempt to force the Nano into the docking station can severely damage the equipment and the iPod.
About the Author
Michael Hehn is the webmaster of http://ipodaccessoriessite.com, a site that offers a wide range of useful and helpful information about ipod accessories. Visit his site for more free tips to choose the ipod accessories for you and your family.
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