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Apple iPod nano (5th Gen/Camera) 8 GB, 16 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPod nano 5th Gen - MC031LL/A* - A1320 - 2317

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Apple iPod nano (5th Gen)The Apple iPod nano (Fifth Generation/Video Camera) features an aluminum and glass case -- just like the iPod nano (4th Generation) that it replaced -- but the nine colors offered -- silver, black, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, and (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition -- have a "glossy", rather than matte, finish. It has a larger, higher-quality 2.2" TFT display (240x376, 204 ppi), and an integrated microphone and speaker as well.

For storage, it uses either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory, capable of supporting 2000 or 4000 songs, 7000 or 14,000 photos, and 8 hours or 16 hours of video, respectively.

Beyond the glossy finish, larger display, and audio capabilities, the iPod nano (5th Generation) also gains a video camera -- capable of shooting H.264 VGA 640x480 at 30 FPS with AAC audio (it cannot take still photographs) with a variety of basic real-time effects -- a built-in FM Radio with "live pause" (allowing one to pause and rewind up to fifteen minutes) and "iTunes tagging" (tag a song on the radio for later purchase on iTunes), an integrated pedometer that tracks steps and calories burned, VoiceOver technology -- previously introduced by the iPod shuffle (3rd Generation) -- to speak the name of tracks and artists to you, and "Genius Mixes", which makes an effort to "find songs that go great together".

Battery life for music is 24 hours and 5 hours for video playback, equal to the "fat" iPod nano (3rd Generation) rather than the iPod nano 4th Generation which had reduced battery life.

Note that the color yellow -- likely due to lower demand -- as well as (PRODUCT) RED only were available direct from Apple.

Also see: What are the differences between the iPod nano 5th Generation models? What are the differences between these models and the iPod nano 4th Generation models they replaced?

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September 9, 2009 September 1, 2010
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 2009.
N/A Samsung ARM*
Details: *Apple provides no information on the processor used in the iPod nano (5th Gen) models, but each uses an Apple branded processor, believed to be a Samsung ARM. For more information, please refer to the disassembly "guide" from iFixIt.
N/A 8 GB, 16 GB
Details: N/A
2000 or 4000 7,000 or 14,000
Details: Apple reports that the 8 GB models can hold "up to" 2000 songs and the 16 GB models can hold "up to" 4000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format". Likewise, the 8 GB models can hold as many as 7,000 photos and 8 hours of video and the 16 GB models can hold as many as 14,000 photos and 16 hours of video.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The iPod nano (5th Gen) models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via the dock connector, but cannot sync or charge via Firewire "400".
USB, Audio* Dock, Headphone**
Details: *Note that the iPod nano (5th Gen) models do not support video out via the headphone jack, they only provide video out via the dock connector.
Handheld iPod nano 5th Gen
Details: The iPod nano (5th Gen) models use a case design that is quite similar to the iPod nano (4th Gen) models they replaced with an all aluminum case, hower the finish is "glossy" rather than matte.
Colors* "ClickWheel"
Details: Aluminum cases -- available in nine colors -- silver, black, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, and red.
2.2" LCD 240x376*
Details: The iPod nano (5th Gen) models have a 2.2-inch (diagonal) color TFT LCD display (240-by-376-pixel resolution display at 204 pixels per inch).

*By default, it is oriented in portrait mode (240x376), but due to an accelerometer, automatically switches to landscape mode (376x240) when rotated. Like their predecessors, the iPod nano (5G) models are capable of displaying video on an external display at 640x480.
Lithium Ion 24 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod nano (5th Gen) provides "up to" 24 hours of music playback.

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N/A 5 Hours
Details: The iPod nano (5th Gen) provides "up to" 5 hours of video playback. Apple provides no information regarding the battery life for photo slideshows.
"About 3 Hours" MC031LL/A*
Details: *MC031LL/A is the order number for the iPod nano (5th Gen) in black with 8 GB of storage. Other 8 GB configurations use MC027LL/A for silver, MC037LL/A for blue, MC040LL/A for green, MC046LL/A for orange, MC050LL/A for pink, MC034LL/A for purple, MC043LL/A for yellow, and MC049LL/A for (PRODUCT) RED.

16 GB configurations use MC062LL/A for black, MC060LL/A for silver, MC066LL/A for blue, MC068LL/A for green, MC072LL/A for orange, MC075LL/A for pink, MC064LL/A for purple, MC070LL/A for yellow, and MC074LL/A for (PRODUCT) RED.
iPod nano 5th Gen A1320 (EMC 2317)
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one configuration, but can uniquely identify the iPod nano 5th Gen.

Also see: All iPods with the A1320 Model Number and the 2317 EMC Number.
3.6 x 1.5 x 0.24 1.28 ounces
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (90.7 mm x 38.7 mm x 6.2 mm, 36.4 grams).
MacOS X 10.4.11 Windows XP SP3/Vista
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X 10.4.11 or later, and iTunes 9 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with USB 2.0, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later, and iTunes 9 or later."
Apple reports that the iPod nano (5th Gen) models support "AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."
The iPod nano (5th Gen) models sync iPod-viewable photos in "JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats". It also includes a camera capable of shooting H.264 VGA video (640x480 "up to 30FPS with AAC audio"). It does not take still photos.
Apple reports that the iPod nano (5th Gen) 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 2.0 cable, [and a] dock adapter."

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US$149, US$179* US$60-US$90
Details: *The 8 GB models were US$149 and the 16 GB models were US$179.

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 (5th Gen/Camera) 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$199 N/A
N/A US$149, US$179*

Original Prices - Europe

€149, €179 €139, €169
DKK 1,099, 1,299 €155, €179
€149, €179 €139, €169
€139, €169 €139, €169
N/A €139, €169
NOK 1.250, 1.490 €139, €169
€139, €169 SEK 1.495, 1.795
CHF 199, 249 £115, £135

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 1,198, RMB 1,448 HK$1,168, HK$1,388
Rs 9,400, 11,200 N/A
¥14,800, ¥17,800 KRW 229,000, 279,000
N/A N/A
N/A NT$6,290, NT$7,490
N/A N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$199, A$249 NZ$259, NZ$318


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