MacMost Now 774: iPod Nano 7th Generation

Take a look at the new iPod nano. The latest iPod allows you to play music, video, view your photos, listen to and watch podcasts, listen to the radio and track your steps. You can also store files on it and use it for audio recording with the right earphones. But it is not an iOS device and has a limited feature set compared to the iPod touch.

Comments: 33 Responses to “MacMost Now 774: iPod Nano 7th Generation”

    Richard F. Randolph
    7 years ago

    Gary,

    Nice review of what this model nano does. I too will have a red one as it is on order. The reason I ordered this is to replace my old nano. I will keep it but this nano has FM radio and will keep track of my steps while walking. It is simple to use and load and that is what I wanted. I don’t need another device with WiFi and the like as I already have an iPhone and iPad. I just need something small and lightweight that I can plug into my car to listen to Audio Books and go walking with me. I am listening more and more to FM so having a FM radio is a real plus. As for price, I would have preferred a price tag of $129. You mentioned $99 and I knew it was not going to be that. Thanks for all your work.

    Randy Miller
    7 years ago

    I use and older generation iPod. Does this one have a sleep timer? I find that feature quite useful for listening to audiobook at bedtime. I set the sleep timer for 30 minutes or 60 minutes and it shuts off without playing all night.

      7 years ago

      Yes, there is a sleep timer. You go into the Clock app and set it there.

    Donna
    7 years ago

    Is this more for an adult rather than a 12yr old my daughter just wants to be able to search for artist or song title?

      7 years ago

      It can be used by adults and kids. Whether it is the best device for your daughter depends on what she wants and what other products you are comparing it to.

    Jim Belknap
    7 years ago

    My Zen X-Fi quit after 5 years of operation. Fortunately, I had all of my music (mostly classical) stored on a hard drive. For various reasons I replaced it with an Apple Nano 7th instead of a Zen X-Fi3. The music is easy to install after you figure it out by asking others on the internet. Beyond buying music from iTunes, Apple offers little or no assistance in their manual.
    My problem is this: As an example, for Beethoven’s 9 Symphonies, they are all listed as Beethoven’s Sym…
    I realize that I can scroll to the right and then scroll a movement to find out which symphony, but this a bit cumbersome.
    Is there a way to change the text so that the symphony number comes first? I have tried changing this in the mp3 files, but the Nano will only show the album nomenclature.
    I have about 50 symphonies, and 30 piano concertoes, and this will be a problem with all of them unless I can change the text.
    Any help will be appreciated. Jim Belknap

      7 years ago

      Music files have all sorts of metadata in them: song name, artist, composer, etc. iTunes lets you get to that info. That is what you need to change if you want to see something different. See http://macmost.com/fixing-itunes-sorting-problems.html for some basics, although the topic isn’t exactly what you are looking for.

        Jim Belknap
        7 years ago

        Thank you Gary. This gives me something to work with, and I think it will solve my problem. Much appreciated, Jim Belknap

      Peter from Oz
      7 years ago

      You change the track info in iTunes. Highlighligh the track(s) you want to change and right click. Then left click ‘get info’ A dialogue box then appears whic allows you to alter the id3 tags of the song. Thus with a movement of a ymphony you might type in ‘I. Allegro in the track name box. In the album name box you might put ‘3rd symphony’In the artist box you might put the name of the composer rather than the name of the performer as this will make things easier to find.

    Missy
    7 years ago

    I am getting the iPod nano 7th generation for Christmas, but I was wondering if there are any iPod docks that are compatible with it. I have an old iHome that fits my old (and almost dead) iPod Classic. I am guessing it is too thin (the iPod nano), but my dock is also almost dead because the buttons barely work so I am looking for a new one. Any ideas?

      7 years ago

      “Good” is subjective. There are more and more new docks appearing every day. Of course you can use many of the old ones by just getting the adapter. Just search your favorite online store for “iphone lightning” to see what they have.

    Becky
    7 years ago

    Do you need WIFI to listen to the fm radio on this nano?

      7 years ago

      No. It uses a real FM receiver inside the iPod.

        jack
        7 years ago

        could you disable the FM function?

          7 years ago

          I don’t think so. Just don’t use it.

            roger
            7 years ago

            Sorry to say my aunt bought the Nano/7 for my 8 year old and i wish it didn’t have the FM on it. Are you sure there is no way that i can disable the FM?

              7 years ago

              None. They only work with headphones plugged in, but that doesn’t help since you need headphones.

    Kristof
    7 years ago

    How can i record audio to it, and playback it? Do i have to buy a different earpod to do it?
    can you record independent voicerecords os just useless memos which is required to link to a existing audio track?

      7 years ago

      You need a set of earpods that include a microphone. You can record voice memos which are separate files. You sync them with iTunes and then you can do what you want with them.

    Bobbi
    7 years ago

    I got the gen 7 for Christmas and have been using it(not my fave perfered the 6) but I noticed that when it reached the end of my playlist it just stopped. Is there no way to put repeat on? I have looked all over and can’t seem to find this function. Nothing worse then going for a run and your music just suddenly stops on you.

    Also, are there any cases out there that would allow me to clip the ipod to my clothing? (I so miss my gen 6:( )

      7 years ago

      There should be a way to turn on looping — usually associated with the shuffle switch, but separate. Look for it — I can’t since I gave up mine.
      As for cases, I’d give it some time. The shape is a new one and it takes time for the makers of cases to design and then manufacture them. Search online for ones now, but check back in a month or two to see what is new.

    Rachel
    7 years ago

    I just got an Ipod nano 7th gen, for Christmas. I like it a lot. The only problem is that I had asked for a 4th generation, to fit into my old ihome, with the 30-pin dock. The 7th gen has this new lightning dock, and I have read that the adapter between the two doesn’t work for audio. Is there anyway I could connect this 7th gen to my ihome? if not through the lightning port, perhaps through the headphone jack?

      7 years ago

      Does the iHome have a headphone jack input? If so, then try it. Otherwise, where did you read that the adapter doesn’t work with audio? I’d check with iHome first to see what they say.

        Elizabeth
        7 years ago

        I just bought the adapter. It will charge the ipod, but it won’t let you play music, which is causing me to reconsider getting the new ipod. Should it be playing music, or is something of mine broken?

          7 years ago

          You mean that with the adapter it won’t play music through some sort of dock system you own? Have you tried contacting the maker of the dock. They would be the ones to ask.

    Elwin
    7 years ago

    Please how do I delete audiobooks from my iPod nano once I have listened to them. Thanks.

      7 years ago

      Sync with your Mac or PC again, and change your audiobooks settings to not include that book.

    Geoff
    7 years ago

    Are there really no games or apps for the ipod nano 7th generation?

      7 years ago

      Right. The Nano is a simple appliance. You can’t add apps to it of any kind.

    Evan
    7 years ago

    Can it take video and pictures?

    Lauren
    7 years ago

    Is there any way to set one of your photos as the wallpaper?

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