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  • 30. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    Luchababe Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I just have a 3G nano, but when you hold down any of the buttons on the wheel, it goes into it's standby mode. If it's in pause for a few minutes, it goes into standby mode. The battery runs down a tiny bit since it has to keep track of the time or whatever. Don't all ipods do that? There is no "OFF" off? It's always on a little bit?

    On the 6G, I'm assuming you HOLD the standby button to put it to sleep and just PRESS the standby button to turn off the screen. Are people just turning off the screen when they think they're putting it to sleep and that's why the battery runs out so fast?

    Message was edited by: Luchababe
  • 31. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    Timeraner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Unfortunately, no.

    There is no way to put the nano w/ touch into standby without following the instructions I provided.
  • 32. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    JAGage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Meg St._Clair wrote:
    JAGage wrote:
    The issue that is bringing people to this topic isn't the battery life during usage of the ipod...it's that the interface (touch features and buttons) do not, at least intuitively, provide a power down function to minimize battery discharge while the ipod is not being used.


    Press the sleep button. Nano goes to sleep. I'm not clear what's so challenging about that. It's a hardware button, nothing to do with the touch screen interface at all. I don't mean to sound rude but I really don't know how much easier it could be.

    It's been about three days now for mine and there has been NO noticeable battery drain by just leaving it sit. If I didn't want to use it, I'd do the experiment and let it sit to see just how long it takes for the battery to drain in standby. But, I'm guessing it would take at least a month and I don't feel like waiting that long.


    Well, judging by the number of views this and a similar topic have gotten compared to other topics, this is apparently not an uncommon issue. Likewise, the one solution presented requires going into the diagnostics menu...not exactly a user friendly method.

    It may very well be as simple/dumb a thing as turning the music off (and perhaps the pedometer? haven't done a whole lot of experimenting yet...as my battery is completely dead and is being recharged at the moment) prior to hitting the sleep button. In terms of interface, there is, at least on my part, an expectation that a physical button should override a software function (e.g. music playing). If its as simple as holding the sleep button down for a few seconds, then that is fine, but it doesn't sound like that is a separate standby function. It is then quite possible to leave the music on if you happen to remove your headphones, hit the sleep button, and walk away believing the ipod is not actively depleting its battery.
  • 33. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    iPod Whisperer Level 3 Level 3 (775 points)
    Radio uses more power. If you are just listening to music tracks, you will find you get the time Apple says you will.

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  • 34. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)
    JAGage wrote:
    It is then quite possible to leave the music on if you happen to remove your headphones, hit the sleep button, and walk away believing the ipod is not actively depleting its battery.


    The music pauses as soon as you unplug the headphones. And, for iPods, Pause and Stop are the same thing.

    A lot of people who are posting are people who don't have the new Nano. They're reading subject lines that tell them they can't turn it off and making assumptions. It really is as simple as tapping the sleep button. For what it's worth, I never turn any of my iPods off. Ever. I just let them go to sleep. Even with Wifi turned on on my Touch, the battery hardly drains overnight.

    This is my experience. As they say, your mileage may vary.
  • 35. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    JAGage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Meg St._Clair wrote:
    JAGage wrote:
    It is then quite possible to leave the music on if you happen to remove your headphones, hit the sleep button, and walk away believing the ipod is not actively depleting its battery.


    The music pauses as soon as you unplug the headphones. And, for iPods, Pause and Stop are the same thing.

    A lot of people who are posting are people who don't have the new Nano. They're reading subject lines that tell them they can't turn it off and making assumptions. It really is as simple as tapping the sleep button. For what it's worth, I never turn any of my iPods off. Ever. I just let them go to sleep. Even with Wifi turned on on my Touch, the battery hardly drains overnight.

    This is my experience. As they say, your mileage may vary.


    I had no qualms with the battery life of the ipod...it appeared to be working as advertised in terms of playback time and whatnot. This whole issue is not a defect or result of a poor quality product...it is a design decision based on incomplete or inaccurate assumptions on how people handle the product. It is probably correctable with a simple patch as well.

    The issue is that the touch screen is very sensitive and the handling of the unit after you take the ear phones out of your ears may turn the music back on. There should be a positive means to allow you to turn off the unit (other than going into a diagnostics menu), such as holding the sleep button down for a prolonged time.

    When I returned mine this evening, even the Apple retail guy was surprised that this was not a feature. Hopefully it will be fixed in a patch, but until that happens, people should be aware of how the ipod behaves so they don't become aggravated when they find their ipod has been playing all night long and is depleted when they want to use it. If they plan to keep it docked in the interim, or have habits such as you seem to have, then it won't be an issue. Similarly, they should understand what probably happened rather than just assume the battery or sleep mode is defective, which I also agree is not the case.
  • 36. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    Matthh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    All you do is the press the sleep button on the top right, once you press this button touching the screen doesnt do anything until you press the sleep button again.
    I cant see any problem at all.
  • 37. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    hwc1954 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    nano 6 owner here. I believe I know what is causing the confusion. If you start the nano playing with no headphones attached, it will keep playing.

    The first few days with the new toy, I was fooling around with it like I'm sure all of us do. The first night, I pulled out the headphones, which pauses the music just like it's supposed to. But, then, with no headphones attached, I played around checking out the user interface some more. In the process, I started a 12 gig playlist playing and, of course, it played all night. My battery was run down overnight as you would expect. I know it played all night because I saw the "last played" dates for a whole bunch of songs in iTunes.

    This is not an issue after you've used the thing for a day or two and get attuned to the user interface.

    *To put the nano 6 to sleep:*

    *1) PAUSE the music by tapping the PAUSE icon, stopping the radio, or removing the headphones.*

    *2) Press the SLEEP button or just wait 60 seconds until the display times out.*
  • 38. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    DouglasH Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Some here seem to think a spring powers the clock. Of course the the Nano 6G is never completely off.

    And as others have posted here, quoting from earlier user guides, the 6G is no different than previous generations of Nano in this respect.
  • 39. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    -JCS Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)
    According to a recent post on iLounge.com, iPod Nano includes a so-call hibernation mode, causing the device to go into low-power mode after 14 hours of non-use. hence, reducing battery consumption.

    "+The sixth-generation iPod nano also includes a hibernation mode similar to that found on earlier iPod nano models, causing the device to go into a low-power mode after 14 hours of non-use."+

    Here is a link to the post: http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/ipod-nano-6gs-secret-iterm-diagno stic-mode-revealed/
  • 40. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    Stabbawin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't have the answer but an observation.

    When you listen to the music and put it on pause, then press sleep the unit appears to still have the iPod player section of the software still running. This is noticeable as when you wake up the unit the pause symbol is still displayed.

    If you then activate the radio and then press the stop symbol and return to the home screen you will see that the pause symbol is no longer displayed.

    It is my opinion and only that, the operating system is still running the iPod music player software when in sleep which causes the battery drain. I have noticed that when I have done the above procedure the battery drain is reduced.

    There needs to be a way of stopping the music player... A good old fashioned "STOP" .... If any pen lows how to do this other running the diagnostic screen please let me know or Apple please sort out the problem on the excessive battery drain...
  • 41. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    Moomintroll Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If the iPod nano is paused, and you press the Sleep/Wake button to turn off the screen, the following behavior will take place:

    For 36 hours after pressing the Sleep/Wake button and turning off the screen, iPod nano is in Standby, and will quickly wake up when you press the Sleep/Wake button again.

    After 36 hours in Standby with no activity, iPod nano will shut down automatically. Pressing the Sleep/Wake button after iPod nano is shut down will turn on iPod nano, and boot to the main Home screen.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4354
  • 42. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    lmcelhan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just returned my Nano 6 for a full credit.

    I only used the Nano for my workouts in the gym for 1-2 hours each, 4 days a week.

    By the time of the 4th workout of the week, the battery was dead - every week.

    Thus, I only got 6-7 hours of playing music time before it died. Unacceptable.

    The Genius at the Genius Bar at the Apple Store said this was normal, because you can not power-off the Nano -- you can only put it to sleep, where it continues to utilize and drain the battery. He said that "people" are willing to recharge often in order to get "instant on". Not this "people".

    Not me. I got my money back, and will not buy another iPod until they fix that issue.

    I think that Apple purposely left off the power-off switch/software to keep the battery running, and thus decreasing the long-term battery life of teh product so that users would have to buy a new replacement device quicker. Why else would they keep creating devices with long-term battery life issues with batteries that are not user replaceable?
  • 43. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,535 points)
    The Genius you spoke to is actually a moron in disguise. I've left my Nano "off" for days at a time and barely used any power whatsoever.

    Were you using the radio on the Nano when you worked out? If so you do need to turn it off when finished. Otherwise you need only press the pause button then the sleep button. All that is running at that point is the clock, and it has to have power unless you want to set the date & time every time you turn it back on.
  • 44. Re: How to "power off"/"shut down" nano?
    speedyink Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    DouglasH wrote:
    Some here seem to think a spring powers the clock. Of course the the Nano 6G is never completely off.


    What the **** kind of logic is this? Have you ever owned any other device other than ipods that you can't turn off? How do you suppose they keep track of time?

    Fact of the matter is it takes an extremely small amount of power to keep track of time without having to display it on something. Even when your battery is 'dead' it's putting out around 3 volts. This is not the reason why you can't turn it off, so everyone stop thinking that!!

    To keep on topic I took a 2 day trip with my nano..I used it on the way there, let it sit for a day and a half, and used it on the way back. During the time I wasn't using it the battery barely drained at all. That being said, while in use this thing gets atrocious battery life compared to my last mp3 player.