Finding The Right iPod
iPods come in such a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors that sometimes it can be quite daunting to try to figure out which one is the right one for you. As an owner of multiple iPod devices I can honestly say that to this day I still have trouble figuring out which one I want to keep and which one I want to give away. If you are planning to buy a new iPod or just want to purchase a second one as a back up, below is a breakdown of each device in this family. Hopefully this short list will help you make a well informed decision before you buy.
The smallest of all the iPods the shuffle boast a storage capacity of up to 500 songs and up to 15 hours of play time. It is roughly the size of silver dollar and has about a 3 hour battery life. I love this iPod because of its portability however the downside is that it lacks a screen. Without a screen you're left wondering where the heck you are in your playlist. A iPod shuffle is roughly 40 to 60 bucks depending on where you buy it.
The nano is an upgrade to the shuffle because it does have a multi-touch color screen albeit a small one. This device holds up to about 2000 - 4000 songs depending on the storage capacity and has an audio playback time of about 24 hours almost double what the shuffle can dish out. The downside is that it does not support video playback. It comes in two flavors an 8 gb and a 16 gb version. Prices range from 130 to 160 dollars.
If you have a hefty itunes library and want to take the vast majority of songs with you then iPod classic is most likely your best bet. The iPod classic boasts an impressive 160gb of storage which equals out to about 40,000 songs and 200 hours of video. iPod classic has about a 36 hours of audio playback and roughly 6 hours of video playback. The downside is that the screen is not a multi touch screen like the Nano or Touch. Prices range from 216 to 230 dollars.
The granddaddy of the whole iPod family of devices is the iPod touch. This is basically an iPhone without the calling features. It comes in 3 flavors an 8gb, 32gb, and 64gb. Depending on the amount of memory your device has the 8gb holds up to 1750 songs, the 32gb holds up to 7000 songs and the 64gb holds up to 14000 songs. The audio playback on a full battery is roughly 40 hours and the video playback is up to 7 hours. With a 3.5 inch multi touch display screen, you can't get any closer to owning an iPhone than this. Prices range between 200 to 300 dollars depending on the memory size and if you get a touch that is wi-fi enabled.
No matter which one you get make sure you look at how your are planning to use your ipod and budget accordingly.