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iPod nano (4th generation) - Technical Specifications

Size and weight

Height:
3.6 inches (90.7 mm)
Width:
1.5 inches (38.7 mm)
Depth:
0.24 inch (6.2 mm)
Weight:
1.3 ounces (36.8 grams)1

Capacity

  • 8GB or 16GB flash drive2
  • Holds up to 2,000 or 4,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format3
  • Holds up to 7,000 or 14,000 iPod-viewable photos4
  • Holds up to 8 hours or 16 hours of video5
  • Stores data via USB flash drive

Accessibility

  • Spoken menus allow listeners to hear many of the names of menus, song titles, and artists without viewing the screen.
  • An alternative large font can make menus easier to read.
  • A high-resolution LCD display with adjustable contrast and backlight settings makes it easier to read in low light.
  • Captions in video are displayed when they are present using a legible, high-contrast white-on-black font.

Environmental Status Report

iPod nano embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Arsenic-free glass
  • Brominated flame retardant-free
  • Mercury-free
  • PVC-free
  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure

Display

  • 2-inch (diagonal) liquid crystal display with blue-white LED backlight
  • 320-by-240-pixel resolution at 204 pixels per inch

Audio

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

Headphones

  • Earphones
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms

Video

  • H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Languages

  • Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, and Turkish
  • Additional language support for display of song, album, and artist information: Bulgarian, Croatian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Thai, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese

In the box

  • iPod nano
  • Earphones
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Dock adapter
  • Quick Start guide

Input and output

  • Dock connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

External buttons and controls

  • Hold switch
  • Click Wheel

Battery and power6

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Playback time
    • Music playback time: Up to 24 hours when fully charged
    • Video playback time: Up to 4 hours when fully charged
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
    • Fast-charge time: about 1.5 hours (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
    • Full-charge time: about 3 hours

Mac system requirements

  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later
  • iTunes 8 or later7

Windows system requirements

  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3
  • iTunes 8 or later7

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F
    (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Comparison Chart

  iPod shuffle iPod nano iPod classic iPod touch
Storage 1GB 2GB 8GB 16GB 120GB 8GB 16GB 32GB
Songs 240 500 2,000 4,000 30,000 1,750 3,500 7,000
Price $49 $69 $149 $199 $249 $229 $299 $399
Battery life Up to 12 hours of music playback Up to 24 hours of music playback; up to 4 hours of video playback Up to 36 hours of music playback; up to 6 hours of video playback Up to 36 hours of music playback; up to 6 hours of video playback
Display   2-inch (diagonal) color LCD with LED backlight 2.5-inch (diagonal) color LCD with LED backlight 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
Ports Stereo minijack Dock connector, stereo minijack Dock connector, stereo minijack Dock connector, stereo minijack
Connectivity USB through included dock USB through dock connector; component and composite video through dock connector (with AV cables, sold separately); audio through headphone jack USB through dock connector; component and composite video through dock connector (with AV cables, sold separately); audio through headphone jack USB through dock connector; component and composite video through dock connector (with AV cables, sold separately); audio through headphone jack
Wireless data       Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Nike + iPod support built in
Maps location-based service
Charge time About 4 hours (2-hour fast charge to 80% capacity) About 3 hours (1.5-hour fast charge to 80% capacity) About 4 hours (2-hour fast charge to 80% capacity) About 4 hours (2-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
Audio support AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), WAV, and AIFF AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF
Photo support   Syncs iPod-viewable photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats Syncs iPod-viewable photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats Syncs iPod-viewable photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats
Video support   H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Size 1.07 x 1.62 x 0.41 inches
(27.3 x 41.2 x 10.5 mm) including clip
3.6 x 1.5 x 0.24 inches
(90.7 x 38.7 x 6.2 mm)
4.1 x 2.4 x 0.41 inches
(103.5 x 61.8 x 10.5 mm)
4.3 x 2.4 x 0.33 inches
(110 x 61.8 x 8.5 mm)
Weight 0.55 ounce (15.6 grams) 1.3 ounces (36.8 grams) 4.9 ounces (140 grams) 4.05 ounces (115 grams)
Included accessories Earphones, USB dock Earphones, USB cable, dock adapter Earphones, USB cable, dock adapter Earphones, USB cable, dock adapter, polishing cloth

Accessories

In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic

Engineered for extreme clarity and audio accuracy, these headphones let you hear musical details you’ve been missing.

USB Power Adapter

Use this ultracompact USB-based adapter to charge your iPhone or iPod whenever it’s not connected to a computer.

Earphones with Remote and Mic

These earbud headphones have convenient buttons that let you adjust volume and control music and video playback.

Universal Dock with Remote

Get easy access to a USB port for charging and syncing your iPod or for connecting to a TV or speakers.

  • Apple iPod Radio Remote
  • Apple Composite AV Cable
  • Apple Component AV Cable
  • Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • iPod Universal Dock Adapter 3-Pack

See more accessories in the Apple Online Store

  1. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  3. Music capacity is based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; actual capacity varies by content.
  4. Photo capacity is based on iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes.
  5. Video capacity is based on H.264 1.5-Mbps video at 640-by-480 resolution combined with 128-Kbps audio; actual capacity varies by content.
  6. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2008 using preproduction hardware and software. The playlist contained 358 unique audio tracks consisting of content imported from CDs using iTunes (128-Kbps AAC) and content purchased from the iTunes Store (128-Kbps AAC). Video content was purchased from the iTunes Store. Battery tests are conducted with specific iPod units; actual results may vary. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced (see www.apple.com/support/ipod/service/battery). Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
  7. iPod and iTunes are for legal or rightholder-authorized copying only. Don’t steal music.
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