Looks like Apple has quietly released a minor software update for the second-generation iPod nano. When I connected my nano to iTunes this evening I was greeted by software version 1.1.2. Unfortunately, Apple’s not very forthcoming about what issues are addressed by the new version, and I wasn’t able to find any details on Apple’s support site. Sometimes it takes Apple a day or two to get the support documentation in sync with thier releases, so I’ll check back after the weekend. I received a few emails yesterday from readers reporting the nano update, but each time I checked, it hadn’t shown up for me yet. I should note that the software update only seems to apply to the second-generation nano. When I connected my first-generation nano, it showed as being up-to-date with software version 1.3.
This is also a good time to announce the newest addition to my iPod family, “Dickey Snapples,” a 2GB second-gen iPod nano. Yes, my dirty little secret is out: Prior to last week, I never owned an iPod nano. My household’s first-generation nano belongs to my wife, and I had to ask her permission every time I wanted to borrow it for running or testing the Nike+iPod Sport Kit. The shame. As reasonable as it sounds for me to have my own nano (given the focus of this website), already having six iPods at home made buying another seem a bit extravagant. See, even Podophiles recognize that there may be such a thing as owning too many iPods. [BTW, I’ve determined that I’m not quite there yet. Orange 2G shuffle, I’m talking to you.]
I’m happy to report that the new nano is a thing of beauty and a joy to use. One unexpected surprise is the improved quality of the new iPod earbuds. With the release of the colored iPod shuffles, Apple is shipping all of their new iPods with the redesigned buds, and let me tell you, they are a major improvement. I find the sound to be much cleaner and clearer at all frequencies, and the bass response is much better. They’re also more comfortable than the old earbuds. If I wore the old ones for more than a couple of hours, I would start to get a dull throbbing pain from the pressure of the plastic against my ear. With the new ones, i haven’t noticed it at all. They seem to stay in my ears better when running, too. I’ve only used them a couple of times on the treadmill so far, but I haven’t had a “pop out” yet. Good Stuff!
To commemorate this glorious occasion, I’ll leave you with a few photos. Please help me welcome little Dickey Snapples to the Podophile family.
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