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iPod Video Nano

Written by Gail Bjork

The iPod is is a perfect gizmo for the photographer.

Ipod video nanoI’m in love… with my iPod Nano.

I never owned or even cared to own one. Until last year when someone gave me a Shuffle for a present, which I use for listening to audio podcasts and books.

When the new iPod nano came out I just knew I had to have one.

After playing with it for the first few hours, I thought about upgrading to an iPod with a larger screen. However, I decided to wait until some of the inevitable kinks are worked out and prices hopefully decline.

I mean, it’s a big jump going from $150 to $250 for the next size screen.

A few minor niggles with my iPod Nano

  • The scrolling goes so fast that you sometimes miss the menu you want. It will just take some getting used to.
  • If you want to play an audio book on slow, it has a strange sound. Until there is a firmware upgrade, I use normal speed.

Oh, and for the price Apple charges, I really think a little pouch should be included to protect the unit. It would be a lot more useful than the Apple stickers that come in the box!

Why am I interested in the iPod as a photographer?

Well, I can store images and video; including full-resolution photos if desired. No more carrying around a small  photo album in my handbag. Now I show my photos via a mini electronic slideshow.

Resetting the iPod

I had to reset the iPod a couple of times and tried a number of suggestions offered by Apple. Here’s the one that actually worked:

Lay the iPod on a flat surface and then simultaneously hold down the Select and Menu buttons for about six seconds. Just to be safe, I reset the iPod using iTunes.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.