As you accumulate music (albums and individual songs), audiobooks, podcasts, TV shows, movies, etc. on your iPod nano, content inevitably becomes harder to find. In this tutorial, we will show you how to use your iPod's built-in search tool to find any content stored on your nano. This "incremental search" feature allows you to find anything with the minimum amount of "keystrokes" possible, a blessing, since typing on the iPod nano can be somewhat of a challenge. Since the search tool looks for any kind of media, you will use the same search box to find whatever you are looking for.
Quick tip: When you plug your iPod nano into your computer (Mac or PC), iTunes will automatically open (unless you have disabled iTunesHelper), and display the content of your iPod: know that you can use iTunes' built-in search tool as well to find content on your nano. If you have access to a computer, this can be the easiest way to locate a song / podcast / ..., since you can use your computer's keyboard instead of having to "type" with your iPod nano's Click Wheel: just select the media type (music, audiobooks...) on the left, and start typing your query in the search text box in the top right corner of iTunes' main window.
This is how you find items inside your iPod nano:
If you cannot find what you were looking for, scroll to the very top, and select "Search" - this will bring back the search text box, and allow you to refine your query. Press and hold the Left button to clear the search field and start completely over.
That's all there is to finding content on your iPod nano! Being able to search right from your iPod is handy, but a bit tedious; later tutorials will explain how to organize your content on nano to minimize the number of searches, by creating playlists on your iPod nano (from iTunes), tweaking genres, changing media kind (type), etc.