iPod nano (2nd Generation) / Overview

On September 12, 2006, Apple updated the Nano line. The second-generation Nano features scratch-resistant, anodized aluminum casing like the earlier Mini's design; the multiple color choices (silver, green, pink, blue, and black) mirror that of the Mini as well. However, unlike the second-generation Mini, the button labels do not match the color of the Nano. Instead, they are gray, like the first-generation Mini, except for the black iPod which has a black click wheel. The second-generation Nano features "a brighter, more vibrant display",[28] a battery life upgrade (from 14 to 24 hours), and doubled storage sizes with the new 2, 4, and 8 GB models (compared to the previous 1, 2, and 4 GB models). The second generation iPod Nanos also support gapless playback of audio files, a new search option, and a 40% brighter screen. The 2 GB model was available in silver only. The 4 GB was initially available in green, blue, silver, or pink. The 8 GB model was initially only available in black but Product Red was later added. Apple claims that the second generation iPod Nano's packaging is "32% lighter and uses 52% less volume than the first generation",[29] thereby reducing environmental impact and shipping cost at the same time.

On October 13, 2006, Apple announced a special edition iPod Nano Product Red, with a red exterior and 4 GB of storage. For each red iPod Nano sold in the United States, Apple donates US$10 to the Product Red initiative, while retaining the regular price of US$199.[30] On November 3, 2006, Apple introduced a red 8 GB model, due to "outstanding customer demand", while also retaining the US$249 price point of the black model with an equally large storage capacity.[31]


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September 12, 2006 September 5, 2007
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
Samsung ARM* N/A
Details: *Apple provides no information on the processor used in the iPod nano 2G models, but it uses an Apple branded processor, believed to be a Samsung ARM. For in-depth speculation regarding all of the chips used, please refer to the iPod nano 2G "autopsy" from the always excellent ArsTechnica.
N/A 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB
Details: 2 GB available in silver, 4 GB in silver, green, blue, and pink, 8 GB in black.
500, 1000, 2000 25,000
Details: Apple reports that the 2 GB model can hold "up to" 500 songs, the 4 GB model 1000 songs, and the 8 GB model 2000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format". All models can hold "up to" 25,000 photos. It does not support video playback.
Sync & Charge Charge Only
Details: The second generation iPod nano models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via the dock connector. It also can charge, but not sync via Firewire "400".
USB Dock, Headphone*
Details: Apple reports that this model provides "USB through dock connector."

*Ports include the "dock connector [and] stereo minijack".
Handheld iPod nano 2G
Details: N/A
Colors* "ClickWheel"
Details: Aluminum cases -- available in silver, green, blue, pink, and black.
1.5" 16-bit LCD 176x132
Details: The iPod nano 2G models have a "1.5-inch (diagonal) color LCD [display] with LED backlight". Apple reports that the second generation models are brighter than the original and the software includes a brightness control.
Lithium Ion 24 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod nano (3G) provides "up to" 24 hours of music playback.

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5 Hours N/A
Details: The iPod nano 2G models provide "up to" 5 hours of photo slideshows with music. Apple provides no support for video playback.
"About 3 Hours" MA477LL/A*
Details: Apple reports that the iPod nano 2G models charge completely in "about 3 hours" and also will "fast charge" in 1.5 hours to 80% capacity.

*This model number is for the 2 GB iPod nano (2G) in silver. The 4 GB model was offered in silver (MA426LL/A), blue (MA428LL/A), green (MA487LL/A), and pink (MA489LL/A). The 8 GB model (MA497LL/A), was offered only in black.
3.5 x 1.6 x 0.26 1.41 ounces
Details: In inches - height by width by depth.
MacOS X 10.3.9 Windows 2000/XP
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X 10.3.9 or later, and iTunes 7 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with USB 2.0, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, and iTunes 7 or later."
Apple reports that the iPod nano 2G supports "AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, [and] AIFF."
Apport reports that the iPod nano 2G syncs iPod-viewable photos in "JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats".
Shipped with "earphones, USB cable, [and] dock adapter."
US$149, $199, $249 US$60-US$100
Details: 2 GB iPod nano (2G), only in silver (MA477LL/A), was US$149. The 4 GB model in silver (MA426LL/A), blue (MA428LL/A), green (MA487LL/A), and pink (MA489LL/A) were US$199. The 8 GB model (MA497LL/A) was available only in black and cost US$249.

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