No "hold" button on iPod Nano 7th Gen?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Trubbles, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Trubbles macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2012
    I just bought my wife a new 7th gen Nano to replace her old, dog-chewed 4th gen.

    She is complaining to me that there is no hold button. The button that it calls a "hold" button is the same as the iPhone's lock button - it turns the unit's screen off. However, all of the buttons are still easy to hit, and pressing the wrong button can start music in her purse and kill her battery, or pause music during her workout, etc.

    Is there something I'm missing? Or did Apple decide to ditch the age-old tradition of a hold button on a music player? I say age-old, because in the early 90s my Sony Discman had one... It just seems like common sense!
  2. Zarkizon macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2011
    There should be a sleep/wake button on the top.
  3. Trubbles thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2012
    It doesn't lock out the other buttons... Did you even read what I wrote?
  4. mdehoogh macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2012
    On my shuffle (4th gen) you can hold down the play/pause button for a few seconds to lock the device. Can't control it or do anything until you repeat the process to unlock. Perhaps that method will work with the 7th gen nano.

    I don't know why apple did away with it...
  5. Trubbles thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2012
    On the 7th Gen, holding the "lock" button just turns the unit off - as in, no power, no music. This is the same as holding the play/pause button on older iPods. Unfortunately, it still doesn't perform the same task as a traditional "hold" button.

    I'm really surprised that I can't find other people complaining about this issue. It seems like there will be a lot of music players sitting in a lot of purses playing until their batteries die...
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    You're not even supposed to have it floating around in your purse, it's so tiny and fragile.

    It's not very sensitive though. The click wheels still are, but not these. If you don't have headphones plugged in, it won't start playing music, nor can something like a bump easily activate it, you really have to push the buttons to get it to do anything. You really have to shake it pretty hard to get it to change the song even. I used to use the hold button all the time on my other iPods, but am doing very well without it on this one.

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