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Cracking Open the Apple iPod Nano (4th generation)

Nanos are colorful

Cracking Open iPod's from Apple is not for the faint of heart. We had already lost one iPod Nano to the Cracking Open process. Did the fourth generation iPod Nano survive our prying?The fourth generation iPod Nano from Apple is taller and thinner than the previous generation. The media player is also well built and difficult to crack open, but that didn't stop us from trying -- even if it meant sacrificing the device's ability to operate.


Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.