iPod iPod Classic 7th and nano 7th generations - how do you use yours?

stiligFox

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Hey all!

So I have a bunch of iPods, most for collectors sake, some for spares. My main iPod has been a 7th generation 160GB Classic for the last few years; it holds my entire library of lossless ALAC and I usually pair it with a speaker to listen to.

I just got a 7th generation 16GB nano, and I’m loving it - but it only holds some of my library and even at that, that’s down converted to 128kbps, but it sounds fine on my headphones.

Now I’m torn on which I’ll use as my daily iPod! How would you all use yours? I’m thinking of using the nano as my in-my-pocket iPod for listening when doing chores, taking walks, exercising, or falling asleep with headphones, and using the Classic on a dock hooked up to my speaker, or for long road trips, or when in the workshop or office.

It almost feels redundant to have both really, when the Classic does all I need but I like the format of the nano better with the volume buttons and touch screen. How would you all justify having both in use regularly?
 

Richard8655

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I have two 7th gen Nanos 16gb (only size offered) and they're fantastic. Compact and light, yet hold a ton of music. The big feature for me is FM radio, which sadly Apple has chosen not to include in any of their devices anymore.

I use my Nanos mostly for long walks and hikes as exercise. Bluetooth headphones work well with this generation, but not with FM radio (only wired).
 
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I have a pristine 7th gen Nano 16GB that I filled with my favorite albums and such. I just listen to it in the evening synced to Alexa
 

retta283

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I have the last run of 160GB Classics, and I use it on occasion for music, and I actually do watch videos on it sometimes. I have a lot of iPods though, and my use is distributed between them. I have not been using my iPods as much recently though.

I've never owned the 7th gen Nano, it's one of the most awkward iPods ever. The round icons are a huge departure from Apple design, and the overall design IMO is a mix of the Touch and 6th gen Nano. Not very well executed. But I imagine some people like them.

If you exercise a lot, the Nano is the clear winner, anything that requires a lot of movement should be done on the Nano. Weight aside, it's not good for the hard drive to move the unit around a lot. The classic is an excellent docked unit, due to its large storage. I'd say that's the best use for both.
 

LizKat

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I carry a 7th gen nano around in my handbag because of the FM radio which has come in handy a few times. I keep a few playlists on it, and for the heck of it I usually have one movie or TV show on it to show to skeptics who think you can't possibly watch video on anything that small. I agree I'd not care to watch a movie for the first time on that screen, but for old favorites it's fine, and fun!
 

Richard8655

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I carry a 7th gen nano around in my handbag because of the FM radio which has come in handy a few times. I keep a few playlists on it, and for the heck of it I usually have one movie or TV show on it to show to skeptics who think you can't possibly watch video on anything that small. I agree I'd not care to watch a movie for the first time on that screen, but for old favorites it's fine, and fun!
For sure.

It's really a shame that Apple has dropped FM radio from all its devices. I value my two 7th gen Nanos more and more because of this.
 
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