IPod fam­ily

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Ap­ple’s lat­est iPod nano is the thinnest iPod ever, at just 5.4mm thick. It also boasts the largest screen to ap­pear on a nano, a 2.5-inch mul­ti­touch dis­play that’s great for pho­tos and videos, as well as nav­i­gat­ing your al­bum art. It’s avail­able in seven dif­fer­ent colours, in­clud­ing the char­i­ty­sup­port­ing (PROD­UCT)RED de­sign. Blue­tooth 4 has been added for wire­less stream­ing to com­pat­i­ble head­phones and sound docks. You even get a builtin FM ra­dio, too.

The iPod shuf­fle is over­due an up­date, but it’s still a use­ful iPod. It’s cheap, con­ve­nient and small; the per­fect gift for a child or some­one do­ing sports who needs a ro­bust mu­sic player. It's great fun too, and an ideal spare iPod.

Sadly, at the same time as in­tro­duc­ing the Ap­ple Watch and iPhone 6, Ap­ple re­tired the iPod clas­sic. The writ­ing may have been on the wall for this ter­rific 160GB pow­er­house – the di­rect de­scen­dant of the orig­i­nal 2001 iPod – but it’s nev­er­the­less a shame to see it go; the iPod played such an im­por­tant part in the re­nais­sance of Ap­ple. Our sad­ness isn’t just nos­tal­gic, though; with the iPod clas­sic gone, those of us with big mu­sic col­lec­tions must ei­ther pay a huge sum for a top-ca­pac­ity iPhone 6 or sub­scribe to iTunes Match – though it has a 25,000 track limit.

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