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Apple iPod nano (6th Gen/1.54" Multitouch/Clip) 8 GB, 16 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPod nano 6th Gen - MC525LL/A* - A1366 - 2385

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Apple iPod nano (6th Gen)The Apple iPod nano (Sixth Generation/1.54" Multitouch/Clip) is a radical departure in design compared to previous iPod nano models with a small square aluminum and glass case design and a "clip" on the back to attach it to clothing (like iPod shuffle models).

It has a 1.54" color TFT display (240x240, 220 ppi) and supports a multitouch interface running an iOS-inspired operating system but it cannot run iOS applications or games compatible with previous iPod models either. Other features include an integrated pedometer and FM radio with "live pause" functionality as well as Nike+iPod, VoiceOver, and "Shake to Shuffle" support. However, it does not have a microphone, speaker, or camera.

It is offered in silver, graphite, blue, green, orange, pink and (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition and all colors are available with either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory, capable of supporting roughly 2000 or 4000 songs and 7000 or 14,000 photos, respectively. It does not support video playback. Apple estimates that battery life is "up to" 24 hours of music playback when fully charged.

On October 4, 2011, Apple unveiled a "new" version of this iPod nano, but it is identical (including identifiers) apart from updated software -- with larger icons, new digital clock faces, and easier fitness tracking -- and a lower price. The earlier models can be updated to use the new software, too.

Also see: What are the differences between the iPod nano 6th Generation models and the iPod nano 5th Generation models they replaced?

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September 1, 2010* September 12, 2012
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.

*On October 4, 2011, Apple unveiled a "new" iPod nano with updated software, but these models are otherwise is identical to the previously released 6th Gen model, just sold at a lower introductory price. The previous model can be updated with the new software at no charge, too.

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2010.
N/A Samsung ARM*
Details: *Apple provides no information on the processor used in the iPod nano (6th Gen) models, but it uses an Apple branded processor, believed to be a Samsung ARM.
N/A 8 GB, 16 GB
Details: N/A
2000 or 4000* 7,000 or 14,000*
Details: *Interestingly, Apple stopped providing an estimated song or photo capacity for the iPod line with this model. However, the 8 GB and 16 GB iPod nano (6th Generation) models can hold up to 2000 and 4000 songs, respectively, using Apple's former criteria "based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding." These models do not support video playback.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The iPod nano (6th 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 (6th Gen) models do not support video out via the headphone jack or dock connector.
Handheld iPod nano 6th Gen
Details: The iPod nano (6th Gen) models use a square aluminum and glass case design with a "clip" to attach the device to clothing.
Colors* Multi-touch
Details: Aluminum cases -- available in seven colors -- silver, graphite, blue, green, orange, pink and red.
1.54" LCD 240x240
Details: The iPod nano (6th Gen) models have a 1.54-inch (diagonal) color TFT LCD display (240-by-240-pixel resolution display at 220 pixels per inch). This model cannot display or output video.
Lithium Ion 24 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod nano (6th Gen) provides "up to" 24 hours of music playback when fully charged.

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N/A None
Details: The iPod nano (6th Gen) does not support video playback. Apple provides no information regarding its battery life for photo presentation.
"About 3 Hours" MC525LL/A*
Details: *MC525LL/A is the order number for the iPod nano (6th Gen) in silver with 8 GB of storage. Other 8 GB configurations use MC688LL/A for graphite, MC689LL/A for blue, MC690LL/A for green, MC691LL/A for orange, MC692LL/A for pink and MC693LL/A for (PRODUCT) RED.

16 GB configurations use MC526LL/A for silver, MC694LL/A for graphite, MC695LL/A for blue, MC696LL/A for green, MC697LL/A for orange, MC698LL/A for pink, and MC699LL/A for (PRODUCT) RED.
iPod nano 6th Gen A1366 (EMC 2385)
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one configuration, but can uniquely identify the iPod nano 6th Gen.

Also see: All iPods with the A1366 Model Number and the 2385 EMC Number.
1.48 x 1.61 x 0.35 0.74 ounces
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (37.5 mm x 40.9 mm x 8.78 mm, 21.1 grams).
Mac OS X 10.5.8 Windows XP SP3/Vista
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, and iTunes 10 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with USB 2.0, Windows 7, Vista or XP Home or Professional (SP3) or later, and iTunes 10 or later."
Apple reports that the iPod nano (6th 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 (6th Gen) models sync iPod-viewable photos in "JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats". It does not support video or have a camera to take photos.
The iPod nano (6th Gen) models do not support video playback or have a camera to record video.
Shipped with "Apple Earphones [and] a Dock connector to USB cable."
US$149, US$179* US$80-US$100
Details: *The 8 GB models originally were US$149 and the 16 GB models were US$179. On October 4, 2011, Apple lowered the prices to US$129 and US$149, respectively.

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 (6th Gen/1.54" Multitouch/Clip) in 24 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 America

C$159, C$189 US$149, US$179*

Original Prices - Europe

€169, €199 €159, €189
DKK 1,229, 1,479 €179, €209
€169, €209 €159, €189
€159, €189 €169, €199
€159, €189 NOK 1.250, 1.490
€159, €189 €159, €189
SEK 1.595, 1.895 CHF 189, 229
£129, £159

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 1,248, 1,498 HK$1,228, HK$1,448
¥13,800, ¥16,800 S$228, S$278
NT$5,690, NT$6,790

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$199, A$229 NZ$249, NZ$299

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