Since the iPod’s arrival back in 2002, its features and specifications have proliferated: capacity, battery life, colour, size, display are all so different, depending on the iPod model. At the moment, Apple is selling five models of iPod: the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch 5th generation, iPod touch 4th generation and the iPod classic. In case you haven’t yet got an iPod, I thought I’d share some useful information with you about the first two – iPod shuffle and iPod nano. Here is a quick breakdown of the two models. iPod shuffle If you don’t want to invest too much in an iPod and you need it just for music, audiobooks or podcasts, this is the iPod for you! Constructed from anodized aluminium, this iPod is very tiny and sleek. It simply plays your music and has VoiceOver (in up to 29 different languages) which tells you what you are listening. You can purchase it in various colours (such as grey, white, purple, pink, yellow, green and blue, plus an exclusive red product – where a portion of the money will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa). It weights less than half an ounce and the battery will last you up to 15 hours without being charged. For a 2GB iPod shuffle, which can store hundreds of songs, you will pay just £40. iPod nano Apple’s newest iPod nano is even thinner than before, and with a display that’s double the size of the previous model. It has a FM radio, widescreen video, Bluetooth (for the first time in the iPod nano’s history), pedometer and Nike+ support. The Nano comes in eight colours, so you can choose your favorite one! It weighs a bit more than an ounce, and the battery will last you up to 30 hours for audio playback and about 3 hours for video playback. For a bigger capacity – 16GB – you will pay £129. iPod shuffle vs. iPod nano If we are to compare these two iPod models, there are few differences which cause the £89 difference between them. Both of them sync with iTunes, both of them are tiny and both of them come in the same colours (white, gray, blue, green, orange, pink and red). But, while the iPod Shuffle doesn’t have the screen (so you won’t be able to choose a song – it automatically shuffles your songs from iTunes), the iPod Nano has a multi-touch display which gives you the power to control everything about your music or movies. If you are not too picky and don’t need too many features and don’t care about having control over the order that your tracks play, then the iPod shuffle should be enough for you. The iPod nano, on the other hand, gives you much more control, plus FM radio, a pedometer and support for Nike+. The iPod shuffle has been rated with a battery life of 15 hours, while the Nano has a battery life of about 30 hours. In terms of storage, the iPod shuffle has a capacity of 2GB and holds about 300–400 songs, whereas the iPod nano has a much larger capacity of 16GB and so can hold about 3000 songs. My advice is that if you are a casual user, the iPod shuffle is the one for you. But if you love gadgets, need more control over your track selection or like jogging, then pick up the iPod nano. Or, if you want even more than this – games, apps and web access from your iPod – you should consider an iPod touch instead. Follow us to find out more about it in my next week’s blog post! So which one would you choose? Which is your favorite iPod model? Tell us which one is your favourite and you can win an iPod case!