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Cheap Cases for iPod nano 4G

Updated on February 8, 2009

Need Accessories for a new iPod nano 4G?

Apple has recently released the fourth generation of their higly successful iPod nano: the iPod nano 4G. As well as being offered in different colors from the earlier nano 3G the iPod 4G is a different size: its the narrower form, similar to the 2G model but is slimmer with overall dimensions of 90.7mm (3.6 inches) tall by 38.7mm (1.5 inches) wide by 6.2 mm (0.24 inch) thick, and weighing 36.8 grams (1.3 ounces).

Selecting the Right Case for your iPod Nano 4G

First off if you are buying an iPod case for yourself or as a present: they make a great stocking-stuffer for teens, the first thing is not to be confused with the terminology. The G as in iPod nano 4G or nano 3G is the 'generation', if you see the iPod nano 8GB thats Gigabytes: the size of the disk, it tells the knowledgeable how many songs or photos can be stored on the iPod nano. The difference in capacity does NOT reflect in the physical size of the iPod nano: but the nano 4G is a significantly different size from the nano 3G and closer in fact to the nano 2G. Keep this is mind when shopping for cases.

Have you got an iPod Touch

Then check out the great range of iPod touch accessories here

Don't Buy this iPod Case

Don't buy this Titanium beauty. It probably won't fit the 4G anyway but this titanium iPod case will protect your new iPod very well, given its made from the same materials as Formula One cars and satellites. So why don't I recommend it: it costs $820: 4 times what most iPods costs! And its ugly!

In fact its possible to argue that you don't really NEED a case for your nano at all. The iPod is pretty robust, it has a solid state drive and the odd scratch won't stop it working just fine. But other hand: with this exception, most cases cost well under $10 and buying on-line makes sense as they are so easy to ship. If you haven't bought on eBay before check the end of this hub for detailed instructions.

iPod Nano 4G Features

Choosing the Best case for an iPod 4G nano

As i said previously an iPod case is a great way to give an inexpensive present but it is critical to make sure which generation iPod you are buying for. The release dates are a bit of a guide with the 4G being released in Sept 08, but even the 2G is still available second-hand on eBay and elsewhere.

Choosing the right case is fun: but so long as it fits its like a cheap watch: why not buy 1/2 dozen and have a different case for a different mood or activity.

A Crystal Clear Arcylic Case

These are 2 piece cases designed to be put on and kept on. All the iPods functions can still be used but the rigid clear case protects the iPod from knocks and scratches. Perfect for protecting an iPod carried in a pocket with keys or a school bag or backpack.


A Leather Case for the iPod Nano 4G

For the more sophisticated the leather flip top leather cases are practical and good looking enough for the office. Available in a range of colours from black to pink the leather cases again protect the iPod and normally have a clip to attach them to either a belt or a bag strap.

An Arm Band Case for the iPod

For anyone who wants to use their iPod while they work out, and why wouldn't you, then an armband is essential. Most armbands protect the iPod in a silicon case which keeps them dry and are also detachable so iPod can be later re-attached to a belt or put in a pocket.

Aluminum Cases for Nano 4G

If you kinda did like the look of the over-the-top titanium case I started with, why not consider an Aluminum case? Not particularly scratch resistant true, but light-weight functional and available in a wide range of colours. At at a price of more like $8 than $800 who cares if it scratches!

Shopping with eBay

Shopping on eBay is easy and safe and will often save you a lot of money. If you click on any of the items featured in this hub you will be taken to eBay, the world's largest online auction house. If the item isn't quite what you want just do a search on eBay there are quite literally thousands of iPod nano cases to choose from.

You need to be registered to bid or buy an item on eBay: click here to register

Most items on eBay are for auction so you have to wait until the closing time to know whether you have won the auction. A good alternative for cheap items, under $10 or $20 is to use the "buy it now" button which is often present: you buy it right now - no waiting! Choosing a local supplier should see your item arrive by mail in a day or so.

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    • Lissie profile image

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      A naked iPod shame on you Uninvited LOL I quite like the leather flip tops myself - looks a bit like the old star trek communicators!

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      Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Great informatin Lissie.

      I've looked at cases for my 40gb Ipod and haven't really found anything I like, so I'm just carrying it around's a black one so it is not too bad. I'll pass on that Titanium Beauty :)

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for commenting Patty - I am thinking about getting one myself so I might be doing a few more hubs on this topic!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Very nice Hub, Lissie! I don;t have an iPod or tinnier version, but may look into getting one. $1000 is a bit much, isn't it? Thanks for letting us have a look.

      Cheers and thumbs up!

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Oh Terry -you have to buy the e-book for that! Oh OK check out this one I prepared earlier...

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      honestway 9 years ago from Spain

      Nice informative page. I've yet to figure out how you get columns on the page, let alone get them to line up like that!