Apple's iPod music and media players allow users to listen to music anywhere. As of 2011, four iPods are available: iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and iPod Touch. The iPod Nano is in its sixth generation, which means six different models have been produced since the Nano was introduced in 2005. Sixth-generation iPod Nanos cannot play video, although all previous generations of the iPod Nano can.
Sixth-generation iPod Nano
The sixth-generation iPod Nano was introduced in September of 2010 and is the first in the Nano series to feature a multi-touch screen. The sixth-generation iPod Nano also has a smaller footprint than previous models and does not have a click-wheel navigation menu. The sixth-generation iPod Nano allows you to view images but is not compatible with video. If you sync video files to this particular model, you will be able to listen to the audio but only one still image will appear on the screen.
Previous iPod Nano Models
The first-generation iPod Nano, which was released in 2005, is compatible with video. IPod Nanos from the second through the fifth generation also support viewing video. These earlier versions of the iPod Nano accept MP4, M4V and MOV file formats, and you can sync videos through iTunes. The fifth-generation iPod Nano was the only one to feature a camera with video recording capabilities.
All videos purchased from the iTunes store are compatible with iPod Nanos prior to the sixth generation. ITunes automatically categorizes TV shows, movies and video podcasts into separate playlists. When you connect your iPod Nano to your computer, click the iPod device icon in the iTunes application window to view your summary panel. Click the "TV Shows" or "Movies" tab to select the videos you want to sync.
If you want to sync other video formats with a previous generation of the iPod Nano, such as home movies or video podcasts not available in the iTunes store, you can convert them to one of the compatible formats for iPhone. Apple Quicktime and Handbrake are two of numerous applications available that you can use to convert your video files to MP4, M4V or MOV files.
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