Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Technology Lesson: You and your ipod nano (6th generation)

The iPod Nano, in its sixth generation, is Apple's smallest ipod. Introduced in 2005, the nano was Apple's replacement for the iPod Mini. (Which is why the first, second, and fourth generations look so similar.)

The current version of the Nano has a touch-screen. Here are some tips on using the Nano:

-You can shuffle your music by shaking the device. (Don't shake too hard!)
-The iPod has an FM tuner. You can listen to the radio wherever you go!
-This feature includes "Live Pause." If you need to pause a broadcast, you can! You can also rewind the broadcast up to fifteen minutes.
-This iPod is Nike Fit compatible. Sounds boring as heck to me, but if that's something for you, or you own the kit, this could be a benefit.
-This iPod features "Built-in accessibility." From Apple.com:
iPod nano features VoiceOver, the world’s first gesture-based screen reader. Touch the screen to hear a description of the item under your finger, then double-tap, drag, or flick to control iPod nano. Use the optional Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic to control your music without looking at the screen. VoiceOver tells you the name of the song or artist — and it speaks 29 languages.
-The USB port is on the "bottom" of the device. The headphone port is the small round...hole next to the USB port. (I liked it when the phonejack was on the top of the iPod.)
-There are three buttons on the top of the iPod. There are two next to each other on the left, and one on the right. The button on the right is the rest button.
-The home screen is how you navigate your options. The screen is actually four screens. You swipe your finger across the screen to navigate the interfaces. There are four small dots on the bottom, and you can use these dots to determine where you are on the home screen.
-The home screen is where you find your music, podcasts, Nike fit stuff, videos, photos, playlists, and settings.
-You can rearrange the icons on this screen by touching the icon, and leaving your finger there until the icon jiggles. You can move all of the icons around. When you've arranged the icons, hold down the long button on the top right of your iPod.
-When you are playing music, the album art will be displayed. (Or a default piece of art if you don't have anything to display.) There are a few screens here to swipe through, too. One screen has the play/pause button, and the navigation arrows. If you swipe this screen, the next one will let you shuffle music. The arrows forming an arrow will let you repeat all music in your selection. The arrows that intersect will let you shuffle through the songs in your selection. If the oval arrows have a small one above them, you are repeating one song. The arrows will be blue when they are selected. They are a grey/white when they are not selected.
-You will have to swipe backwards from the music, or any other screen, to return to the home screen.

Additional Resources:
iPod Nano
iPod Nano support
iPod Nano manual

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