The 5th Gen Nano has an alarm feature that’s useful for sleepy travellers.
The new iPod Nano has an effective little alarm clock.
In the iPod Nano 5th generation models is a little speaker, which means the Alarm feature will work even if you don’t have earphones or speakers plugged in.
Go to Extras | Alarm to set an alarm either once only or recurring.
The default ‘Beep’ isn’t much use as an alarm because it only goes off once. Dunno about you but a single short beep ain’t enough to wake me.
However you can choose a Playlist as your alarm instead. I made a playlist of appropriately loud songs such as ‘Good Morning’ from The Beatles and Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer (the tool that’s the most effective way to wake me up).
The Nano alarm might not be enough on its own but as a backup alarm when travelling it’s quite useful. I put the Nano on the bedside table and it’s usually enough to bestir me.
Your Outlook reminders will pop-up on the Nano if the calendar is synced from your computer. Under Extras | Calendar you’re limited to Beep | None or Off as alert choices.
The Notes option in the iPod Nano isn’t related to Outlook Notes, mores the pity.
For notes on the iPod you have to put text files into the Notes folder of your iPod when connected to a computer. The iPod has to be in ‘disk use’ mode so that the device storage appears as a removable drive on your computer.
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