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Apple iPod nano (3rd Gen/Fat) 4 GB, 8 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPod nano 3rd Gen - MA978LL/A* - A1236 - 2174

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Apple iPod nano (3rd Gen)The Apple iPod nano (Third Generation) -- affectionately dubbed the "fat" iPod by users referring to its rather squat proportions -- looks more like a smaller version of the iPod classic than the sequel to the iPod nano (2nd Gen) that it replaced. It uses either 4 GB or 8 GB of flash memory, capable of supporting 1000 or 2000 songs, 3500 or 7000 photos, and 4 hours or 8 hours of video, respectively. The 4 GB model was offered only in silver, and the 8 GB models were offered in silver, light blue, light green, black, and (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition, as well as pink (starting January 22, 2008). All have a chromed stainless steel back.

Compared to the iPod nano (2nd Gen) models, the most notable enhancements are a larger 2-inch (diagonal) color LCD display with a blue-white LED backlight (320x240, 204 ppi), support for video on the internal display, and video out (via the dock). Battery life for music is an unchanged 24 hours.

The software is substantially improved, with "MacOS X Leopard" inspired interface enhancements derived from the version of OS X used by the iPhone -- including a Cover Flow option for selecting albums. Three games were bundled as well -- iQuiz, Klondike, and Vortex.

Also see: What are the differences between the third generation iPod nano models? What are the differences between these models and the models they replaced?

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September 5, 2007* September 9, 2008
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.

*Pink model added to the lineup on January 22, 2008.

Also see: All iPod models introduced in 2007.
Samsung ARM* N/A
Details: *Apple provides no information on the processor used in the iPod nano (3G) models, but each uses an Apple branded processor, believed to be a Samsung ARM. For more information, please refer to the disassembly "guide" from the always excellent iFixIt.
N/A 4 GB, 8 GB
Details: N/A
1000 or 2000 3,500 or 7,000
Details: Apple reports that the 4 GB model (silver only) can hold "up to" 1000 songs and the 8 GB models can hold "up to" 2000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format". Likewise, the 4 GB model can hold as many as 3,500 photos and 4 hours of video and the 8 GB models can hold as many as 7,000 photos and 8 hours of video.
Sync & Charge Charge Only
Details: The iPod nano (3G) models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via the dock connector. It also can charge, but not sync via Firewire "400".
USB, Audio* Dock, Headphone**
Details: *Unlike the iPod 5G models, the iPod nano (3G) models do not support video out via the headphone jack, they only provide video out via the dock connector. Annoyingly, video out is only available while using an Apple cable, Apple dock, or another accessory with an "Apple Authentication" chip.
Handheld iPod nano 3rd Gen
Details: The iPod nano (3G) models use a case design that has more in common with the iPod classic (6G) models than the previous iPod nano (2G) devices -- with an anodized aluminum front and a chromed stainless steel back -- rather than an all aluminum case.
Colors* "ClickWheel"
Details: Available in a two-tone housing with either a silver, light blue, light green, red, black -- or starting January 22, 2008, pink, anodized aluminum front and a chromed stainless steel back.
2" LCD 320x240*
Details: The iPod nano (3G) models have a "2-inch (diagonal) color LCD [display] with blue-white LED backlight".

*320-by-240-pixel resolution display at 204 pixels per inch. The iPod nano (3G) models are capable of displaying video on an external display at 640x480.

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Lithium Ion 24 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod nano (3G) provides "up to" 24 hours of music playback.

Site sponsor Other World Computing has replacement batteries that are higher capacity than the stock models as well as cases, headphones, speakers, and other accessories.
N/A 5 Hours
Details: The iPod nano (3G) provides "up to" 5 hours of video playback. Apple provides no information regarding the battery life for photo slideshows.
"About 3 Hours" MA978LL/A*
Details: Apple reports that the iPod nano (3G) models charge completely in "about 3 hours" and also will "fast charge" in 1.5 hours to 80% capacity.

*MA978LL/A is for the 4 GB iPod nano (3G) in silver. The 8 GB model is available in silver (MA980LL/A), light blue (MB249LL/A), aqua (MB253LL/A), black (MB261LL/A), and pink (MB453LL/A), as well a as (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition.
iPod nano 3rd Gen A1236 (EMC 2174)
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one configuration, but can uniquely identify the "fat" iPod nano 3rd Gen.

Also see: All iPods with the A1236 Model Number and the 2174 EMC Number.
2.75 x 2.06 x 0.26 1.74 ounces
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (69.8 mm x 52.3 mm x 6.5 mm, 49.2 grams).
MacOS X 10.4.8 Windows XP SP2/Vista
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X 10.4.8 or later, and iTunes 7.4 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with USB 2.0, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, and iTunes 7.4 or later."
Apple reports that the iPod nano (3G) models support "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."
The iPod nano (3G) models sync iPod-viewable photos in "JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats".
Apple reports that the iPod nano (3G) models 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."
Shipped with "earphones, USB cable, [and] dock adapter."
US$149, US$199 US$40-US$70
Details: The silver 4 GB iPod nano (3G) model originally was offered for US$149 (MA978LL/A). The 8 GB models -- available in silver (MA980LL/A), light blue (MB249LL/A), light green (MB253LL/A), pink (MB453LL/A), and black (MB261LL/A) as well a as (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition -- were priced at US$199.

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 (3rd Gen/Fat) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North America

C$169, C$219 US$149, US$199

Original Prices - Europe

N/A €149, €199
DKK 1099, 1499 €159, €209
€159, €209 €149, €199
N/A €149, €199
€149, €199 NOK 1.190, 1.590
€139, €189 €139, €189
SEK 1.395, 1.895 CHF 229, 319
£99, £129

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 1,348, RMB 1,798 N/A
¥17,800, ¥23,800 S$238, S$348
N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$199, A$279 NZ$239, NZ$329



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