iPod Buyer’s Guide

When buying an iPod, it is important to do your research, as there are many factors to consider. Each model is different and will be more suitable for certain people, depending on how they intend to use it.

Currently, Apple is selling three different models: The iPod shuffle, iPod nano and iPod touch.

Each model is created for different user experiences, ranging from just listening to your music, to watching videos and playing games, using apps.

Which iPod is right for me?

iPod shuffle

The iPod shuffle is a tiny music player, great for portability, and is popular among runners and athletes due its size and ability to clip onto clothing, freeing their hands. It is also very light.

When played from 100% battery, it can play music for up to 15 hours. The device has no display, and the iPod shuffle is fairly cheap.

iPod nano

The iPod nano has changed quite a lot over time, with the latest version now having a fully functioning touchscreen.

Available in a range of colours, the nano is not as small or light as the shuffle, but it is smaller and lighter than the iPod touch, making it a good choice for runners if they do not want the shuffle. It comes with a Nike fitness app already installed, as Apple notice the popularity of the nano amongst fitness enthusiasts.

When played from 100% battery, it can play music for up to 30 hours, and has a 3 hour playback video time.

iPod Touch

The iPod touch is very good all-round device, able to play music and run many apps and games, making it a great portable entertainment system. Many apps are installed already, but even more are available from the Apple App Store.

When played from 100% battery, it can play music for up to 40 hours, and has an 8 hour playback video time.


The iPod touch costs the most money, but with this you can do almost everything a smartphone can do, except calling and texting. The iPod nano is a cheaper alternative, useful if you just want to play music, whilst the shuffle is mainly for those on a tight budget or who wish to listen to music during sport.

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