iPod nano 4th Generation Explained

Source: apple.com – iPod nano 4th Gen

The Apple iPod nano 4th Generation, a portable MP3 player, was a prominent offering in Apple’s iPod series, available from 2008 to 2009. Launched on September 9, 2008, the device debuted at an initial price point of $149.

Apple’s unveiling of the fourth-generation iPod nano introduced consumers to a remarkably thin and stylish MP3 player. Featuring an elegant curved aluminum and glass enclosure, it was offered in nine vibrant color options. The device incorporated Apple’s innovative Genius technology, facilitating the automatic creation of playlists tailored to users’ music libraries with a single click.

Additionally, the iPod nano boasted a refined user interface, a high-resolution portrait display, and an integrated accelerometer. This accelerometer triggered the transition to Cover Flow display mode upon rotation and activated Shuffle mode when gently shaken.

With a promise of up to 24 hours of music playback or four hours of video playback, the iPod nano catered to the entertainment needs of users on the go. Available immediately worldwide, the device came in 8 GB and 16 GB models, priced at $149 and $199 respectively, in an array of colors including silver, purple, blue, green, orange, yellow, pink, (PRODUCT) RED, and black.

iPod nano 4th Gen
Source: apple.com – iPod nano 4th Gen

Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO at the time, remarked, “The iPod nano is the world’s most popular music player, and we’ve made it even better for this holiday season.” Jobs highlighted the device’s new design, the convenience of Genius playlist creation, and the seamless transition to Cover Flow display with a simple wrist turn.

The iPod nano 4th Generation featured an elegant design blending a brilliant two-inch display with a curved aluminum and glass enclosure, ensuring a comfortable grip.

The device seamlessly integrated with iTunes, enabling users to import, manage, and auto-sync their favorite content effortlessly. The iTunes Store offered a vast library of music, videos, and games for iPod nano users, with more than 8.5 million songs available for preview and purchase.

With its impressive battery life, the iPod nano emerged as the ultimate portable entertainment companion, capable of delivering music, TV shows, movies, and games on the go. The 16 GB model accommodated up to 4,000 songs, 14,000 photos, and 16 hours of video, while the 8 GB model stored up to 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos, and eight hours of video.

The device’s compatibility with iTunes 8 Genius feature enabled users to create playlists on the fly, preview generated playlists, refresh selections, and save them for later enjoyment.

iPod nano 4th Gen
Source: apple.com – iPod nano 4th Gen

Key features of the iPod nano 4th Generation included a lightweight aluminum case available in nine colors, a 2-inch color LED-backlit LCD screen, extended battery life of up to 24 hours, flash memory options of 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB, a Dock Connector for charging and syncing, and a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack.

The discontinuation of this iPod model occurred on September 9, 2009. As of today, the iPod nano 4th Generation celebrates its 15-year anniversary, reminiscing on its significant impact on portable music technology.

iPod nano 4th Generation
Source: apple.com – iPod nano 4th Generation

iPod nano 4th Generation Details

Introduced September 9, 2008 – 15 years ago
Discontinued September 9, 2009 – 14 years ago
Time on the Market 12 months (1 year)
Model Number A1285
EMC 2287
Order Number MB480LL/A (4 GB Silver)
MB657LL/A (4 GB Purple)
MB651LL/A (4 GB Blue)
MB663LL/A (4 GB Green)
MB666LL/A (4 GB Yellow)
MB660LL/A (4 GB Orange)
MB654LL/A (4 GB Pink)
MB598LL/A (8 GB Silver)
MB754LL/A (8 GB Black)
MB739LL/A (8 GB Purple)
MB732LL/A (8 GB Blue)
MB745LL/A (8 GB Green)
MB748LL/A (8 GB Yellow)
MB742LL/A (8 GB Orange)
MB735LL/A (8 GB Pink)
MB903LL/A (16 GB Silver)
MB918LL/A (16 GB Black)
MB909LL/A (16 GB Purple)
MB905LL/A (16 GB Blue)
MB913LL/A (16 GB Green)
MB915LL/A (16 GB Yellow)
MB911LL/A (16 GB Orange)
MB907LL/A (16 GB Pink)
Original Price $149 (8 GB)
$199 (16 GB)
Colors Silver
Weight 1.3 oz. – 36 Grams
Dimensions 3.6” H x 1.5” W x 0.24″ D
9.14 cm H x 3.81 cm W x 0.6 cm D

iPod nano 4th Gen Tech Specs


Processor Samsung ARM-based chip
Processor Speed Unknown
Architecture Unknown
Number of Cores 1
Cache Unknown


Storage 4 GB
8 GB
16 GB


Built-in Display 2″ color LED-backlit LCD Display
Resolutions 320 x 240 pixels
Pixel Density 204 ppi


Audio Formats AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
Protected AAC
MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps)
Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
Apple Lossless
Photo Formats JPEG
PSD (Mac only)
Video Formats H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats


Ports 1 – 30-pin Dock Connector
1 – 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Camera None


Controls Play/Pause
Next title
Previous title
Click wheel


Maximum OS 1.0.4
iTunes iTunes 8 or later
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
Windows Vista or later


Accessories Earbud headphones
USB cable
Dock Adapter


Battery Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery Capacity Unknown
Battery Life Up to 24 hours of music
Up to 4 hours of video
Charge Time Up to 3 hours
1.5 hour to 80% capacity
Power Charging via USB 2.0 or Power adapter

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Further Reading and References

  • iPod nano (4th generation): Technical Specifications – Apple Support
  • Apple Introduces New iPod nano – Apple Newsroom
  • iPod Nano – Wikipedia
  • iPod nano (4th Generation) – Apple History
  • Apple iPod Nano fourth generation review – CNET
  • Apple iPod nano 8GB 4th Gen Review – Trusted Reviews
  • A review of the 4G iPod nano – Ars Technica

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