For playing music, the iPod is great because you can sort by artist, album, song title, and so on. I like to put mine on shuffle for when I am driving, then I just hit button to skip to the next track. It sure beats having to switch CD’s when I’ve got over 1,000 songs on my iPod. I connect my iPod to my car stereo with a simple audio cable. The FM radio tuner also features a 'live pause' where you can pause and rewind up to 15 minutes, plus it'll tell you who you are hearing play on the radio.
There is a built-in speaker with the Nano, but it’s not real great for playing music since the speaker is so small and weak. It sounds worse than a cheap alarm clock radio. The built-in speaker is best used for watching videos or listening to audiobooks where the sound is mainly just from voices. You can also use a built-in software EQ that will adjust the way your music sounds when listening via headphones or external speakers, but the equalizer does run down your battery more quickly.
To load music on the iPod Nano, you have to use free software called iTunes. I am using it on a Windows computer and it sometimes can be slow to load up, but it works well enough. You can buy music from iTunes or import your own CD’s, which is always nice. If you have music in MP3 form, such as the audio tracks you buy from Amazon.com, you can drag and drop them into your main music listing. The process is all pretty simple.