The mini is dead, long live the nano

Presenting the Apple iPod nano, Apple’s replacement for the iPod mini.

iPod nano

Some initial thoughts:

  • Very thin. As thin as a pencil, 6.8 millimeters to be precise;
  • Tiny, we’re talking the same size as a business card;
  • 1.5-inch back-lit Colour screen;
  • Same but smaller, iPod click wheel interface;
  • As far as I can tell, it has all the same photo features as the full-size iPod color;
  • Flash-based memory, a move away from the microdrive of it’s predecessor, the iPod mini. Available in 2gb (500 songs) and 4gb (1,000 song) flavours;
  • In a first, the headphone jack is on the bottom. (See next point);
  • Some very tidy lanyard headphones are available for the nano, these would appear to have evolved from the simple iPod shuffle lanyard. Apple has gone one better with the nano by integrating the ‘phones with the lanyard;
  • Available in white and for the first time outside of the limited edition u2 iPod, black;
  • Has the same dock connector as all other iPods (bar the shuffle), meaning all dock-based peripheral accessories will still work;

Apple also chose the event to finally launch iTunes for mobile phones with the Motorola ROKR E1 phone. Does anyone else see the irony when comparing this phone’s design to that of the iPod nano? Even if this phone was made available in Australia, I’d much rather have a nano in addition to a decent looking phone. Apple’s design input appears to have been limited to the software, plus that little iTunes-logo’d button. Me, I’d rather see a iPod with phone features rather than a phone with iPod features.

We also have a new version of iTunes today, version 5.0 with some interface tweaks (it’s been ‘streamlined’), a new ‘Smart Shuffle’ feature, parental controls (yikes), playlist folders and Outlook syncing for Windows users.