Like the previous iPods I’ve owned, my nano has never been
sheathed in a case. Like the others, I carry the Nano — by
itself — in my pants or jacket or shirt pockets; or loosely in
a briefcase or carry-on travel bag, in a pocket containing no
other hard objects. This is also how I carry my Treo smart
phone, whose screen is free of scratches after much longer and
harder use than the Nano’s. My Nano hasn’t been dropped or
scraped. Yet it is badly scratched.
This scratched-Nano situation might be turning into a real problem for Apple.