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Old Feb 12, 2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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Is the iPod Nano Touch a Failure?

I don't see them around... like at all. I mainly see iPhones, iPod Touches, and on occasion, an iPad just because they're big to carry around. Would you consider the device a failure? Apple doesn't seem to be pushing the device at all either.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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I don't see them around... like at all. I mainly see iPhones, iPod Touches, and on occasion, an iPad just because they're big to carry around. Would you consider the device a failure? Apple doesn't seem to be pushing the device at all either.
Be prepared for a slew of judgmental Doom-and-Gloom Bible-thumpers coming here claiming that "The iPod's Days Are Over Blah Blah Blah".

But yes, I think the iPod Nanos have seen better days. It is no surprise that the popularity of the iPod family has declined because the uber-popular iPhones (smartphones in general) have cannibalized the music-playing abilities of the iPods. And as the market for iPods is smaller these days, there is going to be at least one iPod model that will be the odd red-headed stepchild. That seems like the Nano.

The iPod touches still remain semi-popular because they are a lower-cost zero-subscription alternative to the iPhones. They can do almost everything the iPhone can do, and can run about every app the iPhone can run, except they lack a phone. My prediction is that IF Apple does indeed start manufacturing a so-called "low-cost iPhone", then you can finally see the true demise of the iPod touches.

Meanwhile, the iPod shuffles still got game... because their form factor makes them an overwhelming favorite of many athletes. It is no secret that gold medalist Michael Phelps used a custom water-proofed iPod shuffle during the Olympics. So did bazillions of other athletes. Plus so many people in gyms still use the tiny iPod shuffle during workouts. The cheap price of the shuffle means that it can easily be an impulse buy with minimal buyers remorse.

So that leaves us with the Nano. Caught somewhere in between, it's really in a no-mans-land where it is hard to determine exactly what kind of customers the Nano is most suitable for. The touchscreen of the iPod Nano (touch) is not compelling enough. It simply cannot install and run the same App Store apps that the iPod touch and iPhones can.

In the end, the Nano is the weakest link in the iPod family. I'm not sure Apple can do anything to "push" the design any further.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 08:41 AM   #3
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In my opinion, yes it is.

I think its a stupid size, its ugly af hell, and the touchpart is plain stupid on that size of device. The old ones with the click wheel was way better. Remember its a music device.

I really liked it, a lot more, with the small form factor, when it were like a iPod shuffle Deluxe.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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Do you mean those tiny square ones? I have one in green I like to use it when I'm snowboarding or biking or things of that manner where I don't want to lug around some overly large, fragile device. I never used it for apps, since I Don't think it can even have any? I got it originally because I couldn't afford the larger versions...
I never had one with the button wheel so I can't comment on that.

I think really though, if you want to use it FOR MUSIC you could always get the 160 GB classic. Can't beat that
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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I have an older iPod Nano hooked up to my car radio and it works flawlessly in that capacity. I have a 5th generation iPod touch for travel since I can use the camera, translation app as well as the money exchange app. I don't have an iPhone since I do next to nothing on a cell phone. I am retired and I don't have the need to keep in touch with anyone. I have a TracPhone in my car for emergencies that costs me $80 a year. So there are uses for all the iPods and if they aren't needed by you, it doesn't mean they are leaving the scene anytime soon.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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I have one, and I love it. I just think that there are not a lot of people left that will buy a device that is purely media and nothing more.

The touchscreen is great, especially since it's much, much bigger than the previous Nano. I have big hands, and I have no trouble navigating it. I use it everyday to listen to music, listen to podcasts and audiobooks, and to count my steps. I like watching a little video on it too. Having my iTunes U content on it is great too. while I'd have probably upgraded my iPhone and iPad twice, this little Nano will probably be kicking around.

People were hoping that it was going to be another "watch" form iPod. And I think that is why it probably didn't sell as well as the previous generation. But there were also people like me who didn't want to take a chance on a product that small too. So they made it bigger and made it much easier to use.

It feels great in my pocket too.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 09:38 AM   #7
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Be prepared for a slew of judgmental Doom-and-Gloom Bible-thumpers coming here claiming that "The iPod's Days Are Over Blah Blah Blah".

But yes, I think the iPod Nanos have seen better days. It is no surprise that the popularity of the iPod family has declined because the uber-popular iPhones (smartphones in general) have cannibalized the music-playing abilities of the iPods. And as the market for iPods is smaller these days, there is going to be at least one iPod model that will be the odd red-headed stepchild. That seems like the Nano.

The iPod touches still remain semi-popular because they are a lower-cost zero-subscription alternative to the iPhones. They can do almost everything the iPhone can do, and can run about every app the iPhone can run, except they lack a phone. My prediction is that IF Apple does indeed start manufacturing a so-called "low-cost iPhone", then you can finally see the true demise of the iPod touches.

Meanwhile, the iPod shuffles still got game... because their form factor makes them an overwhelming favorite of many athletes. It is no secret that gold medalist Michael Phelps used a custom water-proofed iPod shuffle during the Olympics. So did bazillions of other athletes. Plus so many people in gyms still use the tiny iPod shuffle during workouts. The cheap price of the shuffle means that it can easily be an impulse buy with minimal buyers remorse.

So that leaves us with the Nano. Caught somewhere in between, it's really in a no-mans-land where it is hard to determine exactly what kind of customers the Nano is most suitable for. The touchscreen of the iPod Nano (touch) is not compelling enough. It simply cannot install and run the same App Store apps that the iPod touch and iPhones can.

In the end, the Nano is the weakest link in the iPod family. I'm not sure Apple can do anything to "push" the design any further.
Adding Bluetooth was a plus but they should have taken it one step further and added Wifi, then it could've streamed from Itunes Match, synced wirelessly, maybe included and pandora app etc, there is much Apple could've added

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I have an older iPod Nano hooked up to my car radio and it works flawlessly in that capacity. I have a 5th generation iPod touch for travel since I can use the camera, translation app as well as the money exchange app. I don't have an iPhone since I do next to nothing on a cell phone. I am retired and I don't have the need to keep in touch with anyone. I have a TracPhone in my car for emergencies that costs me $80 a year. So there are uses for all the iPods and if they aren't needed by you, it doesn't mean they are leaving the scene anytime soon.
I hear you and I might be going that route when My 4s contract is up, Getting a 64gb Ipod Touch 5 to use much Like I use my Iphone, without the expensive contract. Then I'll grab a low cost phone for when I need it, I really don't talk all that much, and wifi is really all around for when I need to use the touch...
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 10:53 AM   #8
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I see at least one 6 gen nano in a watch band everyday. Not counting when I wear mine It's like anything else, once you have your own, you start seeing people using one too.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 03:01 PM   #9
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This is still the most beautiful iPod Nano. Just re-release it in 2015 (10 years iPod nano).

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Old Feb 17, 2013, 10:13 PM   #10
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I went to Best Buy tonight to try the Nano out, of course on all of the Ipod models they had no music or video loaded which defeats the purpose, I'll have to try Radio Shack or the Apple Store tomorrow but I'm resigned to the fact that I really don't have a choice if I want a stopgap Ipod.

The question for the people that have the Nano 7th gen, is navigating the music easy, for some podcasts I need to fast forward through commercials and I was surprised at how small the Nano is, in fact I understand some of the complaints, video must be useless with such a small screen, touch screen seems like a waste as well, better off with a click wheel and more memory. This is how Apple gets you, they don't give you a middle of the road choice, they don't give you 20 or 30 gb's, so if you have a large library you are forced to go with the Classic.

Anyway my only worry is the small touch screen and ease of use with changing music and fast forwarding through podcasts, thanks for any insight you can give me.
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:45 PM   #11
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Adding Bluetooth was a plus but they should have taken it one step further and added Wifi, then it could've streamed from Itunes Match, synced wirelessly, maybe included and pandora app etc, there is much Apple could've added

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Eh. I don't even use those features on my iPhone... overrated imo.
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Old Mar 24, 2013, 01:43 AM   #12
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people aren't stupid - they've seen the Nano form factor flip flop and how Apple touts it as "all new" each time. they throw in great features, then take them away, then reintroduce them and call it "all new". enough is enough

Apple needs to add features to the Nano - not take them away. Bluetooth was LONG overdue. hell, this thing should at least have Wifi for AirPlay, Wifi sync, etc.

the reason why we aren't seeing Nanos all over the place is b/c the people around us who would have bought a Nano most likely spent the extra $50 and bought an actual $199 iPhone 16GB (subsidized price) where they can use iTunes Match and stream all 80GB+ of their music at their finger tips without the need to store anything locally. this is the same reason i don't see the iPod Touch anywhere either. the Nano has lost its purpose with the exception of people who use it to work out (i do), or 12 yr olds. but even 12 yr olds are getting iPhones.
Apple is smart - they are doing this on purpose. the margins on iPods are pitiful compared to the all-mighty iPhone. if they could dissolve their entire iPod line in exchange for everyone owning an iPhone they would do it.

for the sake of keeping the Nano innovative, it should at least have wifi and the ability to output via AirPlay and also stream from iTunes Match. the iPod Nano would work great to double as a home music remote. also bring back the camera and video camera, which would sync to a Macbook or Windows PC via Photo Stream when on wifi. these are all minor modifications that can still maintain the thin profile, albeit it would need to be a bit longer device than the current 7th gen. i'm OK with that though
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people aren't stupid - they've seen the Nano form factor flip flop and how Apple touts it as "all new" each time. they throw in great features, then take them away, then reintroduce them and call it "all new". enough is enough

Apple needs to add features to the Nano - not take them away. Bluetooth was LONG overdue. hell, this thing should at least have Wifi for AirPlay, Wifi sync, etc.

the reason why we aren't seeing Nanos all over the place is b/c the people around us who would have bought a Nano most likely spent the extra $50 and bought an actual $199 iPhone 16GB (subsidized price) where they can use iTunes Match and stream all 80GB+ of their music at their finger tips without the need to store anything locally. this is the same reason i don't see the iPod Touch anywhere either. the Nano has lost its purpose with the exception of people who use it to work out (i do), or 12 yr olds. but even 12 yr olds are getting iPhones.
Apple is smart - they are doing this on purpose. the margins on iPods are pitiful compared to the all-mighty iPhone. if they could dissolve their entire iPod line in exchange for everyone owning an iPhone they would do it.

for the sake of keeping the Nano innovative, it should at least have wifi and the ability to output via AirPlay and also stream from iTunes Match. the iPod Nano would work great to double as a home music remote. also bring back the camera and video camera, which would sync to a Macbook or Windows PC via Photo Stream when on wifi. these are all minor modifications that can still maintain the thin profile, albeit it would need to be a bit longer device than the current 7th gen. i'm OK with that though
I haven't touched iTunes Match yet. But technically speaking, the word you're thinking of is Planned Obsolescence.
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Old Mar 19, 2013, 02:48 AM   #14
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i don't think it's a failure. i myself bought one and really like it. i was having second thought as i already have ipod touch, shuffle and classic and yet the nano 7th has a distinct place. it's so convenient to carry and 16 GB is more than enough space for all my music. i am using it more than my classic and touch and love carrying it. i can easily slide it in my pocket even with a case/screen protector. i even have a belkin armband that i use when i am out walking or biking.
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