Welcome to Second-Generation iPod nano

naked nano
Second-generation iPod nano
The second-generation iPod nano is the perfect perpetual soundscape delivery system. Its lightweight design, intuitive interface, and generous storage capacity encourage digital listening pleasure virtually everywhere. The sound quality is crystal clear even at deafening volumes, and the sharp display screen makes it super-easy to configure a highly customizable set of preferences. The zen-like control wheel features touch-sensitive volume adjustment, which tricks you into thinking that you are magic or something every time you change the volume. It may be a little scary carrying around such an expensive and relatively delicate piece of technology, but the sheer aural empowerment makes it both luxurious and liberating.

There are a few downsides, however, including earphones that feel slightly oversized, which tends to detract from prolonged listening experiences (maybe a blessing in disguise). Perhaps even worse than the oversize earbuds is the invasive iTunes software that is required to operate the device. Although we managed to tame the merchandising nightmare that is iTunes, it is easy to understand how less-savvy iPod users would unknowingly fall victim to its relentless proprietary grip. Nonetheless, there are alternatives to iTunes, as well as several tools to help users obtain more control over their own equipment. Regardless of the invasiveness, the software does enable quick and easy iPod updating, battery charging, and other tasks.

snazzy nano
iPod nano (wrapped up tuf)
The second-generation iPod nano is packaged in a pod-like plastic shell that includes a set of simple operating instructions, a set of earphones (and pads), and a USB cable. Second-generation nanos are different from their predecessors in the following ways:

  • They are smaller in size
  • They come in 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB sizes
  • They were introduced after September 2006
  • They come in a wide variety of colors, including pink, green, blue, silver, and black
  • The dock connector and headphones port are both located on the bottom of the unit

After a few days enjoying the new nano, it became clear that we might want to protect and preserve its shiny, glossy interface. Thus we hit the Apple Store and found a nice, poly-acrylic shell with touch-sensitive wheel-covering and full-lanyard support all for a reasonable price. Now, our trusty iPod can grow old gracefully throughout its entire lifespan (however long that may be). Needless to say, the thing will be put to good use. It is inspiring to load up the 4GB storage space with a customized library of essential hits and favorites. Overall, the perfect tool to stay current musically while maintaining tight control over existing listening archives.