It's boring, i know, but i just can't decide....


macrumors member
Original poster
Apr 30, 2006
Oxford, UK-Oh yes!
OK, i know its the iPod and that its not the most amazing thread i could think of, but my trusty old 3g has sadly just passed away. fortunately, a day later the new ipod and nano etc. came out! o joy, ill get one of those. aha-limited cash and lots of are the circumstances;

1. can afford 30gb ipod
2. can afford all ipod nanos, but 8gb is not enough for my needs but...
3. i love the ipod nano and cant afford to get two, so...
4. what do i go for, ipod, or ipod nano?
5. screw the shuffle.

1 comment would be nice, 2 would be helpful, cheers for bothering to look!



Spanky Deluxe

macrumors 601
Mar 17, 2005
London, UK
It sounds like you're going to need the 30GB iPod then!

Personally I would get the 8gb Nano. My music collection is quite large and I'd rather decide what to put on there than what not to put on there if you see what I mean. I have a 6gb iPod Mini and its more than enough for my needs. I don't usually listen to more than a few albums at any one time anyway.


macrumors newbie
Sep 19, 2006
American Fork, UT
I have both and Im happier with the Nano, Since the nano is flash memory its MUCH faster. I dont like how slow the video ipods are, and that you can feel the hard drive when its spinning up. Also, now that the ipod nanos are aluminum , they less likly to get scratched. I have 2 ipod videos that ONE day i accidentally left a piece a paper in my pocket with my ipod and it acted like a buffer and completely buffed the ipod, 1 million scratches all over it.

Also, this is just me, but i find that I put videos on the ipod video, and I only end up showing others, Look at this! But i never actually watch them my self, im always at my computer so I dont need to.

just my opinions.


macrumors 6502
Nov 11, 2004
Virginia Beach
I love my 3G and find myself using it more than the 5G at times for some weird reason. I think it is because the interface is quicker and all I ever do is listen to music. I just love the 3G.

I would go for the 5.5G unless you either exercise with your iPod a whole bunch or need 24 hours of battery life.

I could not bring myself to spend $249 on an 8GB Nano when a 5.5G can be had for the same price.


macrumors 68000
Dec 21, 2005
I have both ipods (a 60 and a new nano). But they serve different purposes.

Based on what you posted get the 30.

Do you want to have your entire collection with you or choose?
Do you care about hard drive versus flash?
Do you want color, or will black and white do?

How about using the apple refurb store and getting a refurb 30 and buying a new nano?


macrumors 68030
Apr 14, 2006
Clemson, SC
in my opinion, if you're only going to have one iPod, then make it the full size. you get a bunch more features (video, games, etc), as well as enough space to hold your entire collection.

personally, i think the nanos are a bit of a rip off, considering the price of their full size counterparts. they're for 1) people who have lotsa money and want a complement to their full size for workout or general use, or 2) those that 30gb would be overkill for their library, and who would prefer the small form factor over the extra features.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 30, 2006
In the face of all the opposing views, I'd like to put a vote in for the nano. I have both a 60Gb iPod photo and a 512Mb iPod shuffle, and which one do I use? The shuffle. I dump a couple of podcasts on each morning and keep some of my current favourite songs on all the time, and it works really well.

So, what you have to ask is how you use your iPod. If you must have your entire collection, then the full size is what you want, but the 8Gb nano holds a geat deal, while having the miniscularity of the shuffle.

Think hard about what you'd use more.



Dec 12, 2005
technicolor said:
How about using the apple refurb store and getting a refurb 30 and buying a new nano?
Given the current pricing on these this is a great suggestion that would give you the best of both worlds.


macrumors member
Original poster
Apr 30, 2006
Oxford, UK-Oh yes!
cheers guys!!! i didnt expect this much er... 'interest!" i thought about it, and i think ill either go for a refurb 30gb, and a 1/2 gb shuffle-the 30gb refurb should do it, cause if i get a new one, after a few months, it will look just as bad as the refurb, or good depedning on how you look at it...80gb is overkill i think, and if i was going to get a new ipod, i would probably wait for the debated full video ipod, if one exists...then again knowing apple, i would never buy a 1st generation-i got an imac g5, 1st generation, and the processor sounds like a bee on red bull, and 2 weeks after my purchase, a lovely spanking 2nd generation comes out-quiter, ambient light sensor, 512 mb RAM, and most of all about £200-£300 cheaper! anyways, thanks again, and if youve read this far, get a medal.



macrumors 603
Jun 25, 2002
LaLaLand, CA
Do you really need to carry your entire collection around with you? The 8GB model is more than enough for days worth of music. Just create a couple of cool playlists that you can load and reload as you please. The 30 is nice though.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 10, 2003
Go for the refreshed U2 5.5G iPod. The red scroll wheel and the all-black finish are definitely worth it.