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Apple unveils the very tiny iPod Nano

Apple unveils the very tiny iPod Nano

According to Steve Jobs, the iPod Nano is the "biggest revolution since the original iPod." It's certainly a technical and design wonder at 3.5 by 1.6 by 0.3 inches and 1.5 ounces. That's 0.3 inch thick and 1.5 ounces! It's smaller than it looks in photos. The flash-based Nano (the name is curiously similar to Creative Zen Nano Plus) comes in classic white or black and in two capacities: 2GB and 4GB (the first 4GB flash player we know of!).

Some more details: The iPod Nano replaces the current iPod Mini line; it can store and display photos like its bigger mates; and users can view multiple clocks, which dim during evening local time. It has a dock connector, so it's compatible with lots of accessories; a lap timer; a stopwatch; a combination screen lock; USB 2.0; and a 14-hour rechargeable battery. And it ships today, although it won't be available in stores for a few days.

Our take? The iPod Nano is a design marvel with only a hold switch on top and a dock connector and headphone jack on the bottom. The headphone jack is actually in an awkward place; however, it's convenient for those who will use the new lanyard accessory. Battery life isn't outstanding, but the unit is incredibly small--so we're not too concerned. We love the fact that it is a miniature iPod Photo and that you can exercise with it guilt-free, thanks to a solid-state flash memory. Finally, the price: By today's standards, the iPod Nano is expensive at $249 for the 4GB version and $199 for the 2GB version. The 6GB iPod Mini costs $249, but it is going to sell big because of its size. Other 2GB models are selling for more than $200, so for a flash-based player, the Nano is not too bad. In addition, iTunes 5.0 was launched today, and it has some nice streamlined features, though no major overhauls.