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Apple iPod nano (2nd Gen) 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPod nano 2nd Gen - MA477LL/A* - A1199 - 2115

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Apple iPod nano 2nd GenAs it uses flash memory but colored aluminum cases, the Apple iPod nano (Second Generation) looks like a cross between the first generation iPod nano and the second generation iPod mini. It uses either 2 GB, 4 GB, or 8 GB of flash memory, capable of supporting either 500, 1000, or 2000 songs, respectively. Regardless of capacity, every iPod nano (2G) is capable of holding "up to" 25,000 iPod nano-viewable photos, but none support video playback. The 2 GB model is available in silver, the 4 GB model in silver, green, blue, and pink, and the 8 GB model in black only. Hardware enhancements from the original iPod nano include longer battery life (a reported 24 hours), and a brigher 1.5 inch (diagonal) LCD display. The software was improved with a search engine.

Also see: What are the differences between the second generation iPod nano models?

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September 12, 2006 September 5, 2007
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2006.
N/A Samsung ARM*
Details: *Apple provides no information on the processor used in the iPod nano 2G models, but it uses an Apple branded processor, believed to be a Samsung ARM. For in-depth speculation regarding all of the chips used, please refer to the iPod nano 2G "autopsy" from the always excellent ArsTechnica.
N/A 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB
Details: N/A
500, 1000, 2000 25,000
Details: Apple reports that the 2 GB model can hold "up to" 500 songs, the 4 GB model 1000 songs, and the 8 GB model 2000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format". All models can hold "up to" 25,000 photos. It does not support video playback.
Sync & Charge Charge Only
Details: The second generation iPod nano models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via the dock connector. It also can charge, but not sync via Firewire "400".
USB Dock, Headphone*
Details: Apple reports that this model provides "USB through dock connector."

*Ports include the "dock connector [and] stereo minijack".
Handheld iPod nano 2nd Gen
Details: N/A
Colors* "ClickWheel"
Details: Aluminum cases -- available in silver, green, blue, pink, and black.
1.5" 16-bit LCD 176x132
Details: The iPod nano 2G models have a "1.5-inch (diagonal) color LCD [display] with LED backlight". Apple reports that the second generation models are brighter than the original and the software includes a brightness control.
Lithium Ion 24 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod nano (3G) provides "up to" 24 hours of music playback.

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5 Hours N/A
Details: The iPod nano 2G models provide "up to" 5 hours of photo slideshows with music. Apple provides no support for video playback.
"About 3 Hours" MA477LL/A*
Details: Apple reports that the iPod nano 2G models charge completely in "about 3 hours" and also will "fast charge" in 1.5 hours to 80% capacity.

*The MA477LL/A order number is for the 2 GB iPod nano (2G) in silver. The 4 GB model was offered in silver (MA426LL/A), blue (MA428LL/A), green (MA487LL/A), and pink (MA489LL/A). The 8 GB model (MA497LL/A), was offered only in black.
iPod nano 2nd Gen A1199 (EMC 2115)
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one configuration, but can uniquely identify the iPod nano 2nd Gen.

Also see: All iPods with the A1199 Model Number and the 2115 EMC Number.
3.5 x 1.6 x 0.26 1.41 ounces
Details: In inches - height by width by depth.
MacOS X 10.3.9 Windows 2000/XP
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X 10.3.9 or later, and iTunes 7 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with USB 2.0, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, and iTunes 7 or later."
Apple reports that the iPod nano 2G supports "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."
Apport reports that the iPod nano 2G syncs iPod-viewable photos in "JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats".
Shipped with "earphones, USB cable, [and] dock adapter."

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US$149, $199, $249 US$25-US$50
Details: 2 GB iPod nano (2G), only in silver (MA477LL/A), was US$149. The 4 GB model in silver (MA426LL/A), blue (MA428LL/A), green (MA487LL/A), and pink (MA489LL/A) were US$199. The 8 GB model (MA497LL/A) was available only in black and cost US$249.

Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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Global original prices for the iPod nano (2nd Gen) in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.

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Original Prices - North & South America

C$169, C$229, C$299 N/A
N/A US$149, $199, $249

Original Prices - Europe

N/A €159, €209, €259
DKK 1,199, 1,599, 1,999 N/A
€159, €209, €259 €149, €199, €249
N/A €149, €199, €249
N/A €149, €199, €249
€149, €199, €249 N/A
CHF 219, 289, 359 £99, £129, £169

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 1,500 N/A
¥17,800, ¥23,800, ¥29,800 N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$219, A$299, A$380 NZ$289, NZ$389, NZ$489

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