List of iPod models

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Size comparison, from top to bottom, between:
- a first generation iPod Nano
- a first generation iPhone
- a fourth generation iPod Classic

The Apple iPod line has been upgraded many times, and each significant revision is called a "generation". Only the most recent generation and refurbished units of previous generations of the iPod line are available from Apple for each model (classic, nano, shuffle, touch). Each new generation usually has more features and refinements while typically being physically smaller and lighter than its predecessor, while usually (but not always) retaining the older model's price tag. Notable changes include the touch-sensitive click wheel replacing the mechanical scroll wheel, use of color displays, and flash memory replacing hard disks.

Models[edit]

Model Generation Image Capacity Connection Original release date Minimum OS to sync Rated battery life (hours)
Classic 1st 1st generation iPod 5, 10 GB FireWire October 23, 2001 Mac: 910.1 audio: 10
First model, with mechanical scroll wheel. 10 GB model released later.
2nd 2nd generation iPod (2002). 10, 20 GB FireWire July 17, 2002 Mac: 10.1
Win: 2000
audio: 10
Touch-sensitive wheel. FireWire port had a cover. Hold switch revised. Windows compatibility through Musicmatch.
3rd 3rd generation iPod 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 GB FireWire (USB for syncing only) April 28, 2003 Mac: 10.1
Win: 2000
audio: 8
First complete redesign with all-touch interface, dock connector, and slimmer case. Musicmatch support dropped with later release of iTunes 4.1 for Windows.
4th
(Photo)
(Color)
4th generation iPod. 20, 40 GB FireWire or USB July 19, 2004 Mac: 10.2
Win: 2000
audio: 12
Adopted Click Wheel from iPod Mini, hold switch redesigned.
4th generation iPod With Color Display. photo:
30, 40, 60 GB
FireWire or USB October 26, 2004 Mac: 10.2
Win: 2000
audio: 15
slideshow: 5
color:
20, 60 GB
June 28, 2005
Premium spin-off of 4th generation iPod With Color Screen, plus picture viewing. Later reintegrated into main iPod line.
5th 5th generation iPod. 30, 60, 80 GB USB (FireWire for charging only) October 12, 2005 Mac: 10.3
Win: 2000
30 GB
audio: 14
video: 2
(later 3.5)
60/80 GB
audio: 20
video: 3/6.5
Second full redesign with a slimmer case, and larger screen with video playback. Offered in black or white. Hardware and firmware updated with 60 GB model replaced with 80 GB model on September 12, 2006.
6th 6th generation iPod. 80, 120, 160 GB USB (FireWire for charging only) September 5, 2007 Mac: 10.4
Win: XP
80 GB
audio: 30
video: 5
120 GB
audio: 36
video: 6
160 GB
2007 model
audio: 40
video: 7
2009 model
audio: 36
video: 6
Introduced the "Classic" suffix. New interface and anodized aluminum front plate. Silver replaces white. In September 2008 the hardware and firmware was updated with a 120 GB model replacing the 80 GB model and the 160 GB model was discontinued. In September 2009, the 120 GB model was replaced with a 160 GB model.
Mini 1st 1st generation iPod Mini. 4 GB USB or FireWire January 6, 2004 Mac: 10.1
Win: 2000
audio: 8
New smaller model, available in 5 colors. Introduced the "Click Wheel".
2nd 2nd generation iPod Mini. 4, 6 GB USB or FireWire February 22, 2005 Mac: 10.2
Win: 2000
audio: 18
Brighter color variants with longer battery life. Click Wheel lettering matched body color. Gold color discontinued. Later replaced by iPod Nano.
Nano 1st 1st generation iPod Nano. 1, 2, 4 GB USB (FireWire for charging only) September 7, 2005 Mac: 10.3
Win: 2000
audio: 14
slideshow: 4
Replaced Mini. Available in black or white and used flash memory. Color screen for picture viewing. 1 GB version released later.
2nd 4 GB blue iPod Nano 2, 4, 8 GB USB (FireWire for charging only) September 12, 2006 Mac: 10.3
Win: 2000
audio: 24
slideshow: 5
Anodized aluminum casing and 6 colors available.
3rd 4 GB 3rd generation iPod Nano. 4, 8 GB USB (FireWire for charging only) September 5, 2007 Mac: 10.4
Win: XP
audio: 24
video: 5
2" QVGA screen, colors refreshed with chrome back, new interface, video capability, smaller Click Wheel.
4th 16 GB Flash Drive 4th generation iPod Nano. 4, 8, 16 GB USB September 9, 2008 Mac: 10.4
Win: XP
audio: 24
video: 4
Revert to tall form and all-aluminum enclosure with 9 color choices, added accelerometer for shake and horizontal viewing. 4 GB model limited release in select markets.
5th 16 GB Flash Drive 5th generation iPod Nano with camera. 8, 16 GB USB September 9, 2009 Mac: 10.4
Win: XP
audio: 24
video: 5
First iPod to include a video camera; also included a larger screen, FM radio, speaker, pedometer, and a polished exterior case while retaining the similar colors as the 4th generation model.
6th Silver 6th generation iPod Nano 8, 16 GB USB September 1, 2010 Mac: 10.5
Win: XP
audio: 24
First iPod Nano to include multi-touch screen; clip from iPod Shuffle added. Video playback, speakers and camera removed.
7th Black 7th generation iPod Nano. 16 GB USB September 12, 2012 Mac: 10.6
Win: XP
audio: 30
video: 3.5
Revert to tall form factor with larger 2.5" multi-touch screen. Clip removed. Video playback restored and Bluetooth added.
Shuffle 1st 1st generation iPod Shuffle. 512 MB, 1 GB USB
(no adaptor required)
January 11, 2005 Mac: 10.2
Win: 2000
audio: 12
New entry-level model. Uses flash memory and has no screen.
2nd 2nd generation iPod Shuffle 1, 2 GB USB September 12, 2006 Mac: 10.3
Win: 2000
audio: 12
Smaller clip design with anodized aluminum casing. 4 color options added later. Colors were later refreshed twice.
3rd 3rd generation iPod Shuffle 2, 4 GB USB March 11, 2009 Mac: 10.4
Win: XP
audio: 10
Smaller design with controls relocated to right earbud cable. Introduced with two colors, and features VoiceOver. More colors and 2 GB model added in September 2009.
4th 4th generation iPod Shuffle. 2 GB USB September 1, 2010 Mac: 10.5
Win: XP
audio: 15
Controls returned to the body of the iPod. Introduced with five colors, and features VoiceOver.
Touch 1st 1st generation iPod Touch. 8, 16, 32 GB USB (FireWire for charging only)[1] September 5, 2007 Mac: 10.4
Win: XP
audio: 22
video: 5
First iPod with Wi-Fi and a Multi-touch interface. Features Safari browser and wireless access to the iTunes Store and YouTube. 32 GB model later added. iOS 2.0 and App Store access requires an upgrade fee.
2nd 2nd & 3rd generation iPod Touches. 8, 16, 32 GB USB September 9, 2008 Mac: 10.4
Win: XP
audio: 36
video: 6
New tapered chrome back with Nike+ functionality, volume buttons, and built-in speaker added. iOS 2.0 and App Store access standard. Bluetooth support added but not made active until iOS 3.0, which requires an upgrade fee.
3rd 32, 64 GB USB September 9, 2009 Mac: 10.4
Win: XP
audio: 30
video: 6
Updated to include the upgraded internals from the iPhone 3GS; includes Voice Control support and bundled remote earphones.
4th 4th generation iPod Touch. 8, 16, 32, 64 GB USB September 1, 2010 Mac: 10.5
Win: XP
audio: 40
video: 7
New thinner design including two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording, hold button moved to top right corner, Retina Display similar to iPhone 4, Apple A4 chip. White-colored version added on October 4, 2011.
5th 5th generation iPod Touch. 16, 32, 64 GB USB September 12, 2012 Mac: 10.6
Win: XP
audio: 40
video: 7
New aluminum design with colored case options. Features improved cameras along with A5 processor, Siri, and longer 4" Retina Display. 16 GB models have no iSight camera.
Product Red 2nd generation iPod Nano.

The software bundled with the first generation iPod was Macintosh-only, so Windows users had to use third-party software like ephPod or XPlay to manage their music. When Apple introduced the second generation of iPods in July 2002, they sold two versions, one that included iTunes for Macintosh users and another that included Musicmatch Jukebox for Windows users.[4] In October 2003, Apple released the Windows version of iTunes,[5] and started selling iPods that included both Macintosh and Windows versions of iTunes so that they could be used with either platform. Current iPods no longer ship with iTunes, which must be downloaded from Apple's website.

In December 2004, Apple unveiled its first limited edition iPods, with either Madonna’s, Tony Hawk’s, or Beck’s signature or No Doubt's band logo engraved on the back for an extra US$50.[6] On 26 October 2004, Apple introduced a special edition of its fourth generation monochrome iPod, designed in the color scheme of the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by Irish rock band U2. It had a black case with a red click wheel and the back had the engraved signatures of U2's band members. This iPod was updated alongside the iPod Photo and fifth generation iPod.

On October 31, 2012, Apple released a special edition 4 GB red iPod nano as part of the Product Red campaign. An 8 GB version was released three weeks later and both of them sold for the same price as the standard models. US$10 from each sale is donated to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria. On September 5, 2007, Apple also added a Product Red iPod Shuffle model. They did not disclose how much will be donated to charity from this model. Apple also released Special Edition Harry Potter iPods to accompany the iPod Photo. These were engraved with the Hogwarts Crest on the back and were only available to purchasers of the Harry Potter audiobooks. They were updated when the fifth generation iPods were released, but were only available for a limited time.

Timeline of iPod models and related products

Apple TV#3rd generation Apple TV#2nd generation Apple TV#1st generation iPad Mini (2nd generation) iPad Mini (1st generation) iPad Air iPad (4th generation) iPad (3rd generation) iPad 2 iPad (1st generation) iPhone 5C iPhone 5S iPhone 5 iPhone 4S iPhone 4 iPhone 3GS iPhone 3G iPhone (1st generation) iPod Touch (5th generation) iPod Touch#4th generation iPod Touch#3rd generation iPod Touch#2nd generation iPod Touch#1st generation iPod Classic#6th generation iPod Classic#5th generation iPod Classic#iPod With Color Display) iPod Photo iPod Classic#4th generation iPod Classic#3rd generation iPod Classic#2nd generation iPod Classic#1st generation iPod Nano#7th generation iPod Nano#6th generation iPod Nano#5th generation iPod Nano#4th generation iPod Nano#3rd generation iPod Nano#2nd generation iPod Nano#1st generation iPod Mini iPod Mini iPod Shuffle#4th generation iPod Shuffle#3rd generation iPod Shuffle#2nd generation iPod Shuffle#1st generation
Sources: Apple press release library,[7] Mactracker Apple Inc. model database[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iPhone and iPod touch: Charging the battery". Apple Inc. October 15, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Apple Inc., Identifying iPod models, retrieved October 31, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Mactracker (mactracker.ca), Apple Inc. model database, version as of July 26, 2007.
  4. ^ Apple Unveils New iPods, Apple Inc., 2002-07-17. Retrieved on 2007-02-19.
  5. ^ Apple Launches iTunes for Windows, Apple Inc., 2003-10-16. Retrieved on 2006-11-26.
  6. ^ Dalrymple, Jim. Limited Edition Kelsey, Lucas Samuel, Beck iPods. Macworld, 2002-09-10. Retrieved on 2007-01-07.
  7. ^ Apple Inc., Apple press release library, Retrieved September 19, 2007.

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