iPod Buying Guide

by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
Dreading your next workout session at the gym? Pop a couple of earbuds in, crank up your favorite tunes on the iPod, and you'll suddenly have a different outlook on life. That's what music can do...turn mundane activities into something you look forward to.
You can't get a better quality portable music player than Apple's family of iPods. But which one should you buy? Depends on your style and how you plan to use it.

For the minimalist

You can't get smaller than the iPod shuffle. It's so tiny and lightweight that you won't even notice it clipped to your t-shirt or shorts while you work out or clean the house. If you travel a lot, you'll love that the shuffle doesn't take up any room in your luggage. If you're prone to losing things, however, you might want to opt for a larger iPod model.
What's the downside? The iPod shuffle only holds up to 2GB, which limits your music choices. It's also the only version without a visual display.

ipod models

For the workout buff

While the iPod shuffle gives you the workout tunes you crave, the iPod nano gives you even more—integration with Nike+, built-in Fitness + Walk Support, and a pedometer. You've got all the workout tools you need right in your iPod.

For the best of everything

Want to use your iPod like your iPhone? The iPod Touch lets you integrate with Siri, AirPlay, FaceTime, Safari, Facebook, Maps, and other apps. The 4-inch Retina display gives you bright, sharp images and the largest display available on an iPod. It's the best iPod for travel, too, with 40 hours of audio playback and 8 hours of video time before you need to recharge.

For the traditionalist

You don't mess with a classic. Apple's iPod classic is the original iPod, and for those who like the traditional iPod style and navigation, the classic is the way to go. It's got the most storage capacity by far—160GB—so you can take all your music, videos, photos, and audiobooks with you wherever you go.

iPod Case

Worried about scratching the display or back of your iPod? Get an iPod Case for Nano or Touch from Pad & Quill for full-body protection in a classic case that disguises your device to keep it from being stolen and allows access to all ports for easy use without removing the iPod case. Get free shipping when you order any other case or accessory!
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