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The iPod and iTunes Pocket Guide, Fifth Edition by Christopher Breen

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3. 5G iPod nano Special Features

Descendant of the midpriced, modestly capable, and highly popular iPod mini, the iPod nano inherited each of these traits. It cost less than the capacious full-size iPod and more than the limited iPod shuffle; it had just enough features to make it a capable music player, but not much more; and its svelte design made it a popular choice for those who desired a screen-bearing iPod but didn’t want or need a full-size iPod.

With the third generation of this iPod, Apple did something unexpected: It brought every important feature of the full-size iPod of the time (the 5G iPod) to the iPod nano. Unless you really needed the higher capacity of the full-size iPod to hold a large media collection, or you just couldn’t ...

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