The original Apple iPod (Scroll Wheel) (M8513LL/A) broke the mold in the portable MP3 player market by integrating a small hard drive and Scroll Wheel controller for easy one handed operation. The operating system is very easy to use and makes it easy to manage your music collection between computer and iPod. The 5GB or 10GB 4200RPM ATA-66 hard drive was capable of storing 1000 or 2000 songs respectively and battery life was estimated at 10 hours.
iPod 2G (Touch Wheel)
The second generation iPod Touch Wheel (M8737LL/A) is very similar to the original iPod but features larger capacity hard drives, replaces the scroll wheel that actually turned with a more durable touch sensitive scroll wheel. 5GB, 10GB or 20GB (4200RPM) configurations are capable of storing 1000, 2000 or 4000 songs respectively. Like the original iPod, the second generation is housed in an white and stainless steel case with a 2-inch white backlit LCD display. The Lithium Ion battery provides 10 hours of continuous playback. A cover was added to the Firewire port, wired remote control, thinner Firewire cable and carrying case were included also included.
iPod 3G (10/15/30)
The iPod 3G (10/15/30) model (M8976LL/A) comes in 10GB, 15GB or 30GB (4200RPM) ATA-66 configurations that store up to 2500, 3700, or 7500 songs. The 2-inch monochrome LCD display with blue-white LED backlight is housed in a case with an white front and stainless steel back.
Hardware improvements include a thinner, lighter, more rounded enclosure, a dock for easy connection to a computer, and audio out for connection to a stereo or powered speakers. The backlit buttons were moved from around the touch wheel to above the wheel. Skip protection increased five minutes to 25 minutes. Software improvements feature greater customization options, voice recorder, games, and an alarm clock. Battery life is approximately eight hours.
iPod 3G (10/20/40)
The iPod 3G (10/20/40) model (M9244LL/A) comes in 10GB, 20GB or 40GB (4200RPM) ATA-66 configurations that store up to 2500, 5000, or 10,000 songs. The 2-inch monochrome LCD display with blue-white LED backlight was housed in a case with an white front and stainless steel back. Hardware improvements include larger hard drives.
iPod 3G (15/20/40)
The iPod 3G (15/20/40) model (M9460LL/A) comes in 15GB, 20GB or 40GB (4200RPM) ATA-66 configurations that are able to support up to 3700, 5000, or 10,000 songs. The 2-inch monochrome LCD display with blue-white LED backlight was housed in a case with an white front and stainless steel back.
iPod 4G (ClickWheel)
The iPod 4G ClickWheel (M9282LL/A) features a 20GB or 40GB (4200RPM) ata-66 hard drive that can store up to 5,000 or 10,000 songs and 25 minutes of skip protection. The enclosure for the 4G is slightly thinner than the third generation models, display is improved, and uses the ClickWheel from the iPod Mini. The Lithium Ion battery allows up to 12 hours of continuous music playback. Revised software places the shuffle songs feature on the main screen and includes a voice record feature, games, and an alarm clock. The 40GB version is shipped with a dock for easy connection to a computer.
iPod U2 Edition 4G
The iPod U2 Edition 4G (M9787LL/A) features a 20GB (4200RPM) ATA-66 hard drive and 32MB of onboard RAM. This model is capable of storing up to 5,000 songs and has 25 minutes of skip protection. A Lithium Ion battery allows up to 12 hours of continuous playback. The iPod has a red clickwheel, black front case and stainless steel laser-etched back case featuring U2 band members signatures. In addition to the iPod, an exclusive U2 poster and $50 off coupon for the Complete U2 downloadable box set were included with the iPod.
iPod Color Display
The Apple iPod with Color Display (MA079LL/A), which was later renamed the iPod photo, comes in 20GB or 60GB (4200RPM) configurations that are capable of storing up to 5,000 or 15,000 songs as well as up to 20,000 or 25,000 photographs respectively. It supports photograph slideshows with music via the internal display and on a TV or projector using an AV cable in the custom headphone jack. An iPod Camera Connector enables viewing of photos from a digital camera. The Lithium Ion battery provides up to 15 hours of music playback and 5 hours of slideshows with music. Skip protection is reduced from 25 minutes to 17 minutes.
iPod U2 Edition (Color)
The iPod U2 Special Edition (MA127LL/A) is internally identical to the 20GB iPod Color but is housed in a special edition case with a black front, red ClickWheel, and stainless steel back with laser etched signatures of U2 band members. The 20GB (4200RPM) ATA-66 hard drive holds up to 5000 songs and up to 20,000 photos. This Special Edition was shipped with an exclusive U2 poster and $50 off coupon for “The Complete U2” downloadable box set.
The U2 edition supports photo viewing with music on the internal display and on a TV or projector using an AV cable via the headphone jack. The Lithium Ion battery plays music for up to 15 hours and 5 hours of slideshows with music. An optional iPod Camera Connector ($29) is available to transfer images from camera to iPod.
iPod Photo (40/60)
The Apple iPod photo (M9585LL/A) adds photo storage and viewing capabilities to the iPod. A 40GB or 60GB (4200RPM) ATA-66 hard drive stored up to 10,000 or 15,000 songs as well as up to 25,000 photographs. The two inch 65,536 color LCD display with LED back light is encased in a white front and chromed stainless steel back.
Software improvements include color in all interface elements and applications and a new Myriad font. Photo viewing support with synchronized music on the internal display and TV or projector using the AV cable in the custom video capable headphone jack. Battery life has been improved to 15 hours of music playback and 5 hours of slideshows with music. Skip protection has been reduced to 17 minutes.
The iPod photo 30GB (M9829LL/A) is internally the same as the iPod photo (40/60), but is housed in a thinner case and uses a smaller 30GB (4200RPM) ATA-66 hard drive. A maximum of 7,500 songs and 25,000 photographs could be stored on this model. It also uses the same two inch diagonal 65,536 color LCD with an LED backlight as the previous iPod photo. Battery life remains the same.
Apple’s Fifth Generation iPod with video (MA002LL/A) features a 2.5-inch QVGA 260,000 color LCD display and was Apple’s first attempt at the portable video market. The 5G iPod comes in 30GB or 60GB (4200RPM) configurations that hold up to 7,500 or 15,000 songs respectively and can hold up to 1000 or 2000 4 minute videos (in H.264 750-Kbps video with 128-Kbps audio). Both configurations come in either white or black with front casing with a chromed stainless steel back.
The iPod 5G can display most photos transferred directly from a digital camera using the iPod Camera Connector. These photos can be viewed on the internal display or a television using the AV cable or the Universal Dock ($39). Apple reports the 30GB model provides up to 14 hours of music playback, 3 hours of slideshow with music, and 2 hours of video playback while the 60GB configuration provides up to 20 hours of music playback, 4 hours of slideshows with music and 3 hours of video playback.
The popularity of the iPod 5G with video sparked the release of the iPod U2 Edition 5G 30GB (MA452LL/A) which was internally the same as the 5G 30GB configuration. Like the previous U2 Edition iPod, the 5G U2 Edition features a red clickwheel and black front but changed the rear case to a gloss black metal with laser-etched autographs of the U2 band members. It is able to store up to 7,500 songs and over 1000 4 minute videos (in H.264 750-Kbps video with 128-Kbps audio) at a maximum of 480x480. The Lithium Ion battery is capable of providing 14 hours of music playback, 3 hours of slideshows with music, and 2 hours of video playback
The iPod 5G Enhanced (MA444LL/A) shares the same casing with the iPod 5G Video and comes in 30GB or 80GB (4200RPM) configurations. The new 2.5” LCD display with LED backlight is up to 60% brighter than the previous iPod 5G Video model. Software upgrades support a search function, screen brightness control and additional iconography. Redesigned earphones ship with the iPod 5G Enhanced which were designed to stay put without foam caps. Video playback has been enhanced to 4 hours of photo slideshows and 3.5 hours video playback for the 30GB configuration and 6 hours of photo slideshows and 6.5 hours video playback for the 80GB configuration.
The iPod U2 Special Edition 5G Enhanced (MA664LL/A) is internally the same as the iPod 5G Enhanced 30GB configuration. Like the previous U2 Edition iPod, the 5G U2 Edition features a red clickwheel and black front but changed the rear case to a gloss black metal with laser-etched autographs of the U2 band members. It is capable of storing up to 7,500 songs, 40 hours of video, and up to 25,000 photos. Software upgrades support a search function, screen brightness control and additional iconography. Like the iPod 5G Enhanced, redesigned earphones ship with the iPod 5G Enhanced which are designed to stay put without foam caps.
The sixth generation iPod Classic (MB029LL/A) features an 80GB or 160GB (4200RPM) ATA-66 hard drive and 64MB of RAM and is capable of holding up to 20,000 or 40,000 songs or up to 100 or 200 hours of video (in H.264 750-Kbps video with 128-Kbps audio) respectively. The 2.5” color LCD display (320x240) uses a thinner case than the iPod 5G enhanced and features a silver or black anodized aluminum front and chromed stainless steel back. Battery life is estimated at 30 hours of music and 5 hours for the 80GB model and 40 hours of music and 7 hours of video for the 160GB model. This model no longer supports video out directly from the headphone jack, but only from the dock.
On September 9, 2008 the iPod Classic Late 2008/Second Generation (MB562LL/A) came standard with a 120GB 4200 RPM ATA-66 hard drive capable of holding up to 30,000 songs or up 150 hours of video. On September 9, 2009 a 160GB version was released increasing capacity to 40,000 songs or 200 hours of video.
The first generation iPod mini (M9160LL/A) features a 4GB hard drive with 1.67 inch grayscale LCD display in a 3.6 x 2.0 x 0.5 inch anodized aluminum case. They are available in silver, gold, pink, blue, and green. Battery life is estimated at eight hours of music playback and can hold up to 1,000 songs. One breakthrough feature was the ClickWheel which employs pressure sensitive buttons underneath the scroll wheel. Also included is a voice recorder, games, alarm clock, wired remote, and dock for easy connection to a computer and audio out connections.
iPod Mini 2G
On February 23, 2005 the iPod mini second generation (M9800LL/A) was released and used deeper shades of the original silver, blue, green, and pink colors. The buttons on the clickwheel are also matched to the color of the case. Battery life has been increased to 18 hours and a 6GB version is available in addition to 4GB version. The 4GB configuration holds 1,000 songs and 6GB holds 1,500 songs.
The first generation iPod nano (MA004LL/A) was Apple’s smallest full feature MP3 at the time of its release. They are available in 1GB 2GB or 4GB (flash memory) configurations housed in a 3.5” tall, 1.6” wide, and 0.27” thick in white or black. The 1.5 inch 16-bit color (176x132) blue white backlit LCD display now supports photograph viewing.
The iPod nano does not support the iPod Camera Connector or video out and can only display photographs on the internal display. Updated software includes a Screen Lock security feature, world clock, and stopwatch. The nano can hold approximately 240, 500, or 1000 songs and up to 15,000 or 25,000 photographs. Battery life is estimated at 14 hours of music playback and up to 4 hours of photo slideshows with music.
iPod nano 2G
On September 12, 2006 the iPod nano 2G (MA477LL/A) was released. The 2GB version is available in silver, the 4GB is available in silver, green, blue, and pink, while the 8GB is only available in black. This release is capable of holding up to 500, 1000, or 2000 songs respectively and up to 25,000 photos. Hardware upgrades include a longer battery life estimated at 24 hours and a brighter 1.5 inch LCD display.
iPod nano 2G (RED)
The Special Edition iPod nano RED (MA725LL/A) uses the 2G configuration and has a red aluminum housing and white clickwheel. It is available in a 4GB or 8GB configuration capable of holding 1000 or 2000 songs and up to 25,000 photos.
On September 5, 2007 the all new iPod nano 3G/Fat (MA978LL/A) was released. It is wider than the previous Nano and has the appearance of a smaller version iPod classic. It uses 4GB or 8GB of flash memory capable of holding 1000 or 2000 songs, 3500 or 7000 photos. This is also the first iPod nano that supports video playback with holding 4 hours or 8 hours of video (in H.264 750-Kbps video with 128-Kbps audio). The 4GB models is only available in silver, and the 8GB model is available in silver, light blue, light green, black, and Special Edition red. All of them feature a 2 inch color LCD display, video out, chromed stainless steel back, and 24 hours of music playback. iQuiz, Klondike, and Vortex were three games bundled with the iPod nano 3G.
The 8GB and 16GB iPod nano 4G (MB598LL/A) was released in response to the underacceptance of the “fat” nano. The new wraparound curved aluminum and glass case offered in silver, black, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, and Special Edition RED and feature a 2 inch LCD display. The 4G is capable of holding 2000 or 4000 songs, 7000 or 14,000 videos, and 8 hours or 16 hours of video (in H.264 750-Kbps video with 128-Kbps audio).
Some upgrades were made to the 4G nanos including a built-in accelerometer that automatically switches to portrait or landscape mode according to the iPods orientation, genius mode that creates playlists based upon songs that go together, and the ability to shake the iPod to shuffle the songs.
The Fifth generation iPod nano 5G/Camera (MC031LL/A) shares the same casing as the nano 4G with the exception that the nine colors now have a glossy finish. It features a larger 2.2” TFT display and integrated microphone, video camera and speaker. This camera shoots H.264 VGA 640x480 at 30 FPS with ACC audio and offers a number of effects. Built into the 5G is pedometer that tracks steps and an FM Radio tuner with live pause and rewind (up to 15 minutes rewind time) and iTunes tagging.
The first generation iPod shuffle (M9724LL/A*) was introduced January 11, 2005. This was Apple’s lowest priced MP3 player at the time of introduction and featured a 512MB or 1GB (solid state) flash memory in a 3.3 x .98 x .33 inch case. Approximately 120 to 240 songs could be stored on this device. This model was designed for use in shuffle mode in iTunes which selects the number of songs to include on the iPod shuffle at random or by users choice . A 5-way control pad on the front and a slider on the back are controls included on the shuffle. A USB port allowed for connection to computer for music synchronization.
iPod shuffle 2G
On September 11, 2005 Apple released the 1GB iPod shuffle 2G (MA564LL/A) with a redesigned case measuring 1.07 inch tall, 0.98 inch wide, and 0.33 inch deep weighing just over an ounce. The case includes a clip that allows users to attach the iPod to their pocket or other piece of clothing. The headphone jack on the second generation iPod shuffle provides connectivity for the headphones, music synchronization, and power (via a tiny USB dock).
This iPod is capable of holding up to 240 songs and has an estimated battery life of 12 hours. On January 30, 2007, Apple released a line of colored iPod shuffle models (MA953LL/A) available in orange, green, blue, and pink.
iPod shuffle 2G (Late 2007)
The Late 2007 1GB and 2GB shuffle (MB233LL/A), released September 5, 2007, marks the second generation of the iPod shuffle colors. Colors offered were light blue, light green, purple, silver, and Special Edition Red.
iPod shuffle 2G (Late 2008)
The Late 2008 1GB and 2GB shuffle (MB815LL/A), released September 9, 2008, is the same design is the Late 2007 release, but offers different colors. Colors offered are blue, green, pink, and silver. These colors closely resemble, but are not the same as the Early 2007 colors.
iPod shuffle 3G
March 11, 2009, Apple released the redesigned 2GB and 4GB iPod shuffle 3G (MB867LL/A). The new case is 1.8 x 0.7 x 0.3 inches weighs 0.38 of an ounce. The straightforward controls on the player were removed and a three button controller (volume up/down and action are integrated into the headphone cable. This is the first iPod shuffle that supports playlists and uses VoiceOver to speak the names of the songs, artists, and playlists, if the action button is pressed.
iPod shuffle 3G Colors
The second generation iPod shuffle 3G (MC306LL/A) are basically the same externally as the previous iPod shuffle 3G but are offered in blue, green, pink, and Special Edition stainless steel. This release uses the same three button controller integrated into the headphone cable and voiceover technology. The 2GB and 4GB flash memory iPod shuffle hold up to 500 and 1000 songs with an estimated ten hours of battery life.
iPod Touch (Original)
The first generation iPod touch (MA623LL/A) is essentially the iPhone without the phone, EDGE, camera, and Bluetooth. The iPod touch features a 3.5” display with 320x480 resolution, accelerometer that allows the iPod to know if it is being held in portrait or landscape mode, ambient light sensor, and built in WiFi (802.11 b/g). They are available in 8GB, 16GB or 32GB flash memory configurations.
Physically, the iPod touch is slightly thinner and shorter than the iPhone, the headphone jack is on the bottom, and there is a small outer black trim around the display. Battery life is estimated at 22 hours for music playback and 5 hours for video.
The iPod touch 2G (MA623LL/A) is essentially the iPhone without the phone, EDGE, camera, and Bluetooth support. If features a 3.5” display with 320x480 resolution, accelerometer that allows the iPod to know if it is being held in portrait or landscape mode, ambient light sensor, and built in WiFi (802.11 b/g). They are available in 8GB, 16GB or 32GB flash memory configurations with 128MB RAM. External volume controls were added to the left side of the iPod 2G and an integrated speaker and external microphone (via Apple Earphone with Remote and Mic). This model also has Nike + iPod Sport Kit support, a Genius feature that creates playlists based upon songs that go together, and a the ability to shake the device gently to shuffle songs. The Lithium Ion battery provides 36 hours of music playback and 6 hours of video.
On September 9, 2009 the iPod touch 3G (MC008LL/A) was released and marketed with an emphasis on gaming. They come in 8GB, 32GB, and 64GB configurations with 256MB RAM. The 8GB configuration is basically the same as the 8GB touch 2G with a cheaper price tag. The 32GB and 64GB configurations use the upgraded 800MHz processor used in the iPhone 3GS. The 32GB and 64GB also have an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and support for 802.11b/g/n wi-fi. These two higher end models have “VoiceOver” enabling the user to navigate the phone and iPod features with their voice. “Genius Mixes” are available on all models. The Lithium Ion battery provides an estimated 30 hours music playback and 6 hours video playback.