What's this? Overall score is within types, in performance order. For music players, this score is based primarily on ease of use, headphone quality, audio playback time, and damage resistance. For media players, video and picture quality is also rated and included in the overall score. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points. Tests were carried out by International Consumer Research and Testing, a worldwide group that includes Consumer Reports.
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Summary:A 16 GB flash-memory MP3 player that includes photo and video playback, Bluetooth, FM radio, equalizer, and volume limiter to protect hearing.
The Apple iPod Nano (16 GB) (7th gen) is part of the MP3 player
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, MP3 player
models like the iPod Nano (16 GB) (7th gen) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Ease of use:
Ease of use mainly covers player characteristics that aid in convenience, versatility, and portability. These primarily include navigation and scrolling features; the accessibility and readability of the controls; and the readability and breadth of the information in the display (such as music-track data and battery-life indicator); size and weight; and ease of use while walking or jogging. Some features and capabilities considered include the presence of an FM radio, built-in microphone, upgradeable firmware, equalizer, data storage, software assessment, and the player's ability to be recognized as a hard drive by the computer without the installation of additional drivers.
Headphone quality reflects judgments from a listening panel comparing the player and its supplied headphone to a test audio CD and a high-fidelity headphone. All uncompressed (audio CD or WAV) test music sources were ripped (encoded) to MP3 format (128, 192, and 256 kbps CBR rate) using a high-quality encoder.
Audio playback time (hr.):
Audio playback time (hours) reflects lab measurements of continuous playback time to the nearest hour, using a selection of music tracks encoded to MP3 format at a 128 kbps constant bit rate (CBR); fully charged rechargeable batteries; backlight at the minimum setting; with included headphone; and volume set at a reasonable level. For players that can use standard batteries such as alkaline, expect a bit longer playback time. Our measurements should not be compared with those stated by the manufacturer, which may use different testing methods and criteria.
About This Brand
Apple commands more than 60 percent of the digital music-player market since the introduction of the iPod in 2001. There are four iPod lines: The iPod Classic hard-disk player, the Nano flash players, and the Touch flash players with a large touch screen, full Web browser, and the ability to download content wirelessly over its Wi-Fi connection. Its postage-stamp-size Shuffle player lacks a display.
Features & Specs - Apple iPod Nano (16 GB) (7th gen)
Audio playback format The most common audio format(s) the player will recognize and be able to play.These include: Audible (AA): Audio Book. Allows audible spoken-word content playback from Web services such as Audible or iTunes, where you can download digital audiobooks, radio programs, audio magazines, and newspapers, for instance. Apple Lossless: Apple (Mac) format for an uncompressed sound file AAC: Advanced Audio Coding FLAC: Free Lossless Audio Codec MPEG: Moving Picture Experts Grou, OGG: Short for Ogg Vorbis, a free, open source music format WAV: Uncompressed Windows standard for waveform audio files WMA: Windows Media Audio
Audio playback format
MP3, AAC (iTunes+ file), APPLE lossless, WAV, AUDIBLE, GAPLESS
Mac compatible All players work with a Windows PC, but that's not always the case with a Macintosh computer. Check the ratings or the manufacturers' Web site to make sure the player you're considering will work with your computer.
Color display This is typically a backlit liquid crystal display (LCD). Some displays instead use organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Virtually allAll players with a color display, except one- or two-color OLED models, can show pictures taken with your digital camera.
Video playback Some players support MPEG-4-based video formats such as DIVX, XVID, and WMV. Some players may also handle copy-protected videos.
Slideshow capability Allows pictures to be displayed in slideshow fashion, complete with fade-outs and other transitions. Some allow you to adjust how long each picture is displayed.
FM radio Adds FM-radio functionality.
Built-in microphone Useful for recording interviews, lectures, from a radio, etc. See also Voice Recording.
Volume limiter A player control designed to protect hearing by preventing the volume from exceeding a safe level, either preset by the manufacturer or programmed by the user. Some players allow the setting to be pass-code protected, such as by a parent, to prevent users from bypassing the limiter.
I had a lot of trouble getting the Nano to turn on if it sat for a couple of days. Had to plug in to a USB port to turn on.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By John the Architect
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Outstanding- I recommend
Easy To Set Up
Great For Exercise
Long Battery Life
Lots of Storage
VERY light weight
Gym / Working Out
I have used this product for casual listening. But I also found it is great for travel as it easily syncs in the USB port of my Outback where it can play over my car's audio system. Bye-bye CD's!<br />This very versatile player easily fits in an armband carrier, so it's great for cardio workouts at the gym. It's as easy to use as an iPhone. And it instantaneously syncs with my iMac. I found I could use the charger from my iPhone to charge the iPod, so Apple not including a charger with the iPod is not a serious omission. And the new earphones are comfortable and have fine sound.<br />If I have any misgiving about this wonderful product it's that it seems pricey for what you get. But I often think of this player as an iPod touch mini.<br /><br />Highly recommended. Apple hit it out of the ballpark with this player.