The iPod Nano fits between the iPod Shuffle and the iPod Touch in the iPod range. It's slightly bigger than an iPod Shuffle so it's still very small and great for running, gym etc., but it's controlled via a touch screen similar to the iPod Touch and the iPhone. It's therefore a bit easier to use than a Shuffle whilst remaining considerably cheaper than a Touch. iPod Nano has a couple of additional features beyond simply playing MP3s - it has a built-in FM radio and a pedometer to help you keep track of your exercise. An optional extra Nike + iPod Sport Kit and Nike + running shoes enable your iPod Nano to keep track of your workout - distance run, calories burned etc. and can upload your workout data to the nikeplus.com website where you can store it and share with other runners.
As with all the iPods, there are several different generations of the iPod Nano. The latest one is the iPod Nano 6th Generation which came out in September 2010. Particularly if you are buying a secondhand iPod Nano, be sure you know which version you are buying as the specifications change quite significantly between the different generations. There's nothing wrong with the older models, provided you know what you are buying there are some real bargains to be had. For more information see our Guide to the iPod range and How to choose the right iPod. If you're planning to use your iPod Nano with a Mac then you'll need to have a Mac capable of running iTunes 10.1 and Mac OS x 10.5.8 or later. On a PC you'll need Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP Home or Professional (SP3) or later.
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There are many places you can buy an iPod Nano - the leading internet retailers such as Amazon and eBay are often hard to beat but also an ever increasing number of high street retailers such as John Lewis, Sainsburys, Dixons and Best Buy also sell the iPod Nano. We have put together an iPod Nano price comparison page checking prices from all these sources to find the best deals for you.
Secondhand can be an attractive option, saving you the initial depreciation that happens as soon as you open the box, and if you buy a fairly new secondhand one, all the manufacturer's warranty will still be in place so you will be fully covered in the event of any faults. If you're prepared to go slightly older, you can often pick up some real bargains with last year's model going for a fraction of it's original price. eBay is of course one of the best places to find secondhand iPod Nano bargains and we have created a page that searches eBay for you to find the best deals. Our unique filtering system trawls through the eBay database selecting only the most relevant offers and best deals to save you time.
The price of goods at auctions is not fixed - it depends upon how much people are prepared to bid and that's why you can pick up some great deals on both new and used iPods at auction. To give you an idea of what you might pay, here are some completed items so you can see what price they went for: