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The Right iPod for the Right Person

Dec 21, 2010

By Greg Gazin - Apple Gazin’ - G4 Canada

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iPodAt their Apple event back in September Apple unveiled a totally redesigned iPod lineup, so if the gift of iPod is on your list, you want to ensure that you choose the right iPod for the right person. So let's have a quick look at the lineup to help you with your selection.


iPod shuffle (4th Generation)

The new 4th generation iPod shuffle is Apples tiniest iPod yet. Created from a single piece of anodized aluminum, it's not much bigger than a Toonie, the Canadian two-dollar coin, yet it's beautiful, attractive yet still tough and sturdy. It features Apple's click-wheel on the face and all the other controls and jacks are conveniently and neatly placed at the top of the unit.

iPodJust like previous shuffles, this model has no display. But where this little beauty excels is with the addition of a new Voice Over button, so you don't need one.  Push the Voice Over button once and you'll hear name and artist of the current track. Multiple playlists? Genius mixes? Audiobooks? Podcasts? No problem. Simply press and hold the button and it will cycle through your selections for really easy navigation.

For such a tiny device it has great battery life, 15 hours on a single charge.
And there's no need to find a special case since at the rear of the unit is a sturdy clip, which will grip nicely to just about anything.

It comes in five colors has 2 GB of RAM and is only $59. This unit is ideal if you're on a budget or if you're looking for a gift for someone who just wants to grab all their songs and just go.


iPod nano (6th Generation)

Apples latest iPod nano has also been totally redesigned. It's not much bigger than an iPod shuffle but surprisingly, it offers a crisp 1.5" TFT display and has Multi-Touch gesture capabilities.  It still maintains physical controls for power, sleep and volume, but everything else is controlled by its touchscreen.

iPodLike the shuffle, it also it also ports a sturdy clip so it's great for portability yet offers more than just music - but still supports playlists, Genius Mixes Shake to Shuffle and offers a built-in equalizer.

Despite its limited real estate, you can view photos, albums and even a slideshow. It also includes an FM radio with a 15-minute live pause feature. You can also tag songs you like to buy later on iTunes. There is a nifty a clock function and a pedometer that allows you to keep track your progress. It also offers support for the optional Nike + iPod Sport Kit.

The iPod nano is also ideal for someone who's on the go and wants something small and portable, but in addition to just music, prefers the added functionality of being able to view photos, tune in the radio and maintain a healthy lifestyle by tracking their fitness. Battery life is rated at 24 hours of audio. It comes in 7 colours and is offered in two sizes 8GB ($159) and 16GB ($189).


iPodiPod touch (4th Generation)

While it may look similar to the previous model the newest iPod Touch has come along way.  It still has all the features you'd expect from an iPod, but its much thinner and significantly different under the hood - sharing some of the features found in the iPhone 4, like its 3.5" high definition Retina display composed of engineered glass. This makes it not only sturdy, but makes watching movies and shows, that you can easily get from iTunes store, a pleasurable experience. 

The latest iPod Touch features a built-in speaker, microphone and 2 cameras - a front VGA quality and rear camera that records 720p HD video at 30fps. It also supports video calling using Apple's FaceTime. Another huge difference over the other models is like the ability to run many of the 300,000+ apps from the App Store.

Battery life is rated at up to 40 hours of audio or 7 hours of video. It comes in 3 capacities, 8GB $249, 32GB $319, 64GB $429, and one colour – black.

The iPod Touch is an ideal gift for someone who wants more than just the ability to listen to music and not concerned about a clip or tiny size. It's for someone who wants not only to listen to and buy music, but also wants many of the features that are found on a smart phone like the ability to play games, run apps, record video and watch movies in high definition without the actual need for a phone.


iPod iPod classic

The iPod Classic defines where the iPod has come from.  It's a slightly updated version of the tried-and-true yet it still features the traditional click wheel and look and feel. And as it still incorporates an actual hard-drive rather than flash storage, at 160GB, it also has the highest capacity of any iPod and maintaining an affordable price.

It can store up to 40,000 songs 25,000 pictures and 200 hours of video of 25,000 photos and you can enjoy these the same way used it.

The classic is an ideal gift for someone who wants tons of storage capacity and prefers the look and feel of the iPod of yesteryear. It comes in 2 colours and retails for $279.

Different Strokes

So here we have the three new totally redesigned iPods as well as a slightly updated iPod classic. Amongst these four you should now have a better idea of which iPod is just right for that special person that fits within your budget.

Now, I've just touched the surface of the features and capabilities of the Apple iPods. Have a look at Apple's iPod comparison chart, or visit your favourite Apple retailer for more details.

Happy Holidays everyone.


Greg Gazin can be reached at  gadgetguy "at" telus "dot" net Or

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