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Apple iPod Nano (2011)See what's new in Apple's updated iPod Nano, including full Nike+ integration, new clock faces, and a new home screen navigation.
-Hey, I'm Donald Bell and this Apple's updated iPod Nano for 2011. This is essentially the same design that Apple introduced in 2010, offered in the same 7 colors but with an updated software. If you already have a 2010 model, the software comes free as an automatic iTunes download. Now, one of the big changes that Apple made for 2011 is the price, which down to $129 for 8 gigabytes or $149 for 16 gigs. The touchscreen interface now shows just one icon at a time instead of grouping them together in a grid of 4, which makes it easier to operate. Also, the watch feature now has 18 different watch bases to choose from including a few for the kiddies, but the coolest feature Apple has thrown in here is the full Nike+ fitness system. Before, you'd have to use a sensor in your shoe and have a Nike connector plugged in to the bottom of the iPod, but now all you need is this, the built in pedometer can track walking and running as 2 separate features, and when you plug it back into your computer, iTunes will upload all that information to a free Nike+ account where you can track your progress and set goals. It's a great feature for this kind of gym friendly MP3 player. Everything else on the Nano is just what you'd expect. You get Apple's outstanding support for music, podcast, audio books, and playlist. The FM radio has its unique live pause feature that lets you temporarily pause or resume live radio and extras like photos, timers, stop watches, are all nice to have. And of course, let's not forget the clip. The metal clip here on the back makes it easy to take with you. No matter which way you clip it, you can use 2 fingers to rotate the screen around. It's also useful to note that a double click on the slip button will skip to the next track. So, that's the updated 2011 iPod Nano, a useful and stylish choice for the gym, but still little pricey compared to something like [unk] line of MP3 players, which can we have for under $50. CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell.