When push comes to shove though, the chances are that most consumers wouldn’t even notice the sound quality limitations of the nano (overall volume aside), and anyone who would notice, will have probably ruled out an iPod already. As long as you do the smart thing and dump the bundled earbuds in the bin as soon as you open the box, then replace them with something decent, you’ll have a good audio experience. Having tried the nano with a wide range of earphone options, I think the perfect match would be the Klipsch Images – they’re as light as a feather, incredibly comfortable, sound good and look as cool as the nano itself.
Apple quotes a weight of 36.8g for the nano, but it registered only 35g on the TrustedReviews scales, making it amazingly light considering that it’s got a pretty good screen built in. In fact I took the nano to the gym with me, coupled with the Klipsch Images and actually managed to run on the treadmill with it in my pocket. I usually put my player on the treadmill while I’m running, to stop it pulling at my pocket, but with the nano I couldn’t even feel that I had anything in my pocket.
Of course no iPod review would be complete without mentioning the features that it doesn’t have. First up, codec support is as limited as it always was with only MP3, AAC and Apple Lossless on the menu. There’s still no sign of WMA or FLAC support, which means that anyone who has ripped a significant amount of music in either of those formats will have to transcode to a format that an iPod can playback. To be honest though, I came to the realisation a while back that I need to encode everything at 320kbps MP3, that way I know it will playback on any device I come across.
Apple still sees fit not to include an FM tuner in its iPods, and although I have never felt the need to listen to the radio on my portable player, I know that there are many out there who see this omission as a deal breaker. And of course, there’s still no drag and drop functionality, making you a slave to iTunes and all the potential problems that go along with that relationship. In fact the new nano will only work with iTunes 8, which meant that I had to download the new software before I could even use this player.