New iPod NanoApple unveils a smaller Nano

08 February 2006

Apple has unveiled a smaller iPod Nano which is thinner than a pencil and costs GBP 30 less than the larger model.

The 1GB music player holds up to 240 songs or 15,000 photos and has the same click wheel and colour screen as the existing 2GB and 4GB iPod Nanos.

The new Nano, available in black and white, will cost GBP 109 in the UK, compared to GBP 139 for the 2GB model and GBP 179 for the next size up.

Apple is also cutting GBP 20 off the price of its iPod Shuffles, bring the cost down to GBP 49 for the 512MB model and GBP 69 for the 1GB version.

Apple's Vice President of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing, Greg Joswiak said: 'Now everyone can afford an iPod Nano.

Screen problem

'The iPod is the world's most popular digital music player with over 40 million sold, and now even more music lovers can experience the unrivalled combination of iPod and iTunes.'

Apple launched the Nano last September but soon admitted there was a 'minor' problem with a small number of the music players.

Irate customers had complained about scratched and broken screens but Apple said the problem affected less than one tenth of 1 per cent of the total iPod Nanos shipped and that it was not a design issue.

But in October a Seattle law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming the ultra-thin music player was defectively designed.

It said the Nano screens become scratched quickly and added that excessive, rapid wear renders the device unusable.