If you've decided to get an iPod without ever having bought one for you, you're in for a treat.
But you might also be in for a bit of confusion, especially if you're not up to date on today's technology.
You might come across a purchase page on Apple asking if you want to buy an iPod Shuffle or an iPod Nano. Wait. What's that? There's more than one type of iPod?
Well, what's the difference? You're about to find out those differences - as well as which iPod might be right for you.
The iPod Touch is a more all-inclusive gadget more on the level of an iPhone rather than a simple music player. The iPod touch is great for someone who wants a gadget with all sorts of bells and whistles, whether we're talking about wireless internet access, e-mail, or even games. Yes, the iPod Touch can still handle your videos and music, but if you want something simpler, this probably isn't the iPod for you. If you consider yourself a tech junkie who doesn't have the money to shell out for a full iPhone, however, this is right up your alley.
The iPod Nano is closer to the "classic" iPod, but comes with the added feature of being able to display - and even shoot - video. It's small and simpler than the iPod Touch, but still comes with added features over the "classic" version of the iPod. If you're someone who travels a lot and can use a movie library in their pocket, the Nano might be perfect for you. If you simply need an iPod to listen to music while jogging, you might want to keep reading.
The simplest, most stripped-down version of the iPod is great for people who simply want to plug in some headphones and hear some freaking music already. If you're a runner or frequent exerciser who has a few favorite collections you can't live without, the shuffle may be up your alley. The Shuffle is extremely lightweight, making for almost total mobility.
Are you sick of hearing all of the different options, and just want your iPod? Then check out the iPod Classic, the iPod that represents the origin of the genre. It comes complete with a screen for checking out the songs you want to play, but doesn't have the expanded features of some of the more advanced iPods.