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Many generations of the iPod nano

Long live the iPod nano!

I still use an iPod as my main source to listen to music. I do keep some music on my iPhone and iPad, but maybe only about 100 songs or so. Although I do admit to using streaming services like Sirius XM, Spotify, Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music from my iPhone and iPad. I’m slowly warming up to having my music in the cloud, but still prefer the offline music that my iPod nano holds.

I’ve been using MP3 players for years, like the Rio and then in 2004 with my first iPod 20gb. Over the years, I’ve upgraded my iPods to where today I use both an iPod nano 5th gen and 7th gen. The 5th gen nano is mostly in my car, connected to the USB port. It’s very cool to have 14gb of music available to me at all times while driving.

From the picture above, I’ve owned several iPod nanos – from the 4th generation to the latest 7th gen. I didn’t own any iPod nano model prior to the 4th gen model. I was still using the full size iPod, mostly due to space. Of note, I also have never owned the iPod Classic.

As for the 7th gen nano, which I reviewed here some years back, is used for all of my podcasts and music when I go to the gym. I also use it when mowing the lawn, which along with an alcoholic beverage or two, gets me through the weekly task.Streaming

The biggest advantage of the iPod nano for me is not having to connect to any service. It’s music and podcasts without needing a data connection. The downside is having to physically sync via USB to my MacBook Pro 15″. Which I don’t mind doing a couple times a week to get updated music and podcasts.

As I mentioned above, I do use a few streaming apps, mostly on my iPhone and sometimes with the iPad. I don’t see this replacing my iPod nano anytime soon, but as the streaming services become more commonplace, I can see how it will creep into my music listening.

Anyone else out there still tied to their iPod? Share your thoughts below.