Everything about iPod, a line of portable media players and multi-purpose pocket computers manufactured by Apple Inc.


Conceived by the Apple Inc. as portable digital media player and multi-purpose pocket computer which can serve as external data storage device, the first iPod was released in October, 2001. iPod can use iTunes software and third parties software to transfer data, such as music, videos, photos, e-mail settings, and so on to the computers supporting these features.

The iPod line came from Apple’s digital hub, when the electronic giant decided to join the market of personal portable music players. Apple’s hardware engineering chief Jon Rubinstein assembled thus a team of engineers to design the iPod, but Apple did not develop the iPod software entirely in-house. It used instead PortalPlayer’s reference platform for their first iPod.

iPod Models

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iPod Classic 1st Gen

iPod 1st Gen: The original Apple iPod broke new ground in the portable MP3 player market by combining a small hard drive, a unique “Scroll Wheel” controller for easy one handed operation, a simple, easy-to-use operating system designed for mobile devices (based on Pixo OS 2.1), and slick Mac software — iTunes (based on SoundJam) – that made it easy to manage one’s music collection between the Mac and the iPod.  Note that the “classic” definition was not introduced until the 6th generation iPod. (more…)

iPod Classic 2nd Gen

The iPod classic Second generation replaces the scroll wheel used on the iPod 1st generation with a touch sensitive scroll wheel. While users had to physically turn the wheel, now they could only touch to achieve the results. The 2nd Gen also had a larger hard drive, used a cover to the Firewire port, a thinner Firewire cable, a hold switch revised, a wired remote control. A carrying case was added. Apple used the suffix classic to describe the iPod 2nd generation. However this definition wasn’t officially included until the 6th generation. (more…)

iPod Classic 3rd Gen

Compared to the earlier models, the iPod classic Third Generation was completely redesigned. It had a lighter, slimmer and more rounded case. The improvements also include a dock connector for connection to a computer (replacing the Fire Wire port) and audio out for connection to speakers. The four buttons are now backlit and they are located in a row above the touch wheel (the previous models had buttons placed around the wheel). Among software improvements we can mention games, alarm clock, possibility to record voice and updated customization options. On the other hand, battery life has estimated eight hours, two hours less than the iPod classic 1st and the iPod classic 2nd generations. (more…)

iPod Classic 6th Gen

Though similar to the iPod classic 5th Enhanced in design, the new iPod classic 6th Gen has a thinner case. Aluminum fronts and a chromed stainless steel back replaced the polycarbonate fronts on the previous models. iPod features the much improved battery life (30 hours of music and 5 hours of video for the 80 GB model and 40 hours of music and 7 hours of video for the 160 GB model). The software was also greatly improved having adopted much from the iPhone OS X, the Cover Flow feature for selecting albums included. The interface enhancements were inspired by “MacOS X Leopard”. For gamers, iPhone 6th included three games in a bundle: iQuiz, Vortex, and Klondike. (more…)

iPod Classic 4th Gen

The iPod classic 4th Gen acquired a lot of features from the junior model iPod nano, including: the touch-sensitive scroll wheel with four auxiliary buttons under it; the energy-efficient components, enhancing the battery life for over 12 hours of music playback, while the battery remained as in the previous model. The iPod classic 4th Gen case became thinner of course, while the accessories to go by were cut back by the Apple for some editions. Initially, the two models were being offered: the 20 Gb model and the 40 Gb model, but later on October 26, 2004, the iPhoto was introduced as the iPod classic 4th Gen premium edition. The device featured a 220×176 pixel LCD capable of displaying up to 65,536 colors. It supported JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, and PNG graphic file formats, and the users could attach their iPods to TV or other external display for slideshows via a bundled TV cable. (more…)

iPod Classic 5th Generation Enhanced

The iPod classic 5th Gen Enhanced was introduced instead of a much awaited iPod classic 6 on the 12th of September, 2006. It is also referred to as “iPod 5.5 Generation”. The 2.5 inch screen became up to 60% brighter and the user could adjust the brightness both in Settings menu and while watching video. The iPod classic 5th Gen Enhanced had 30 Gb or 80 Gb hard drive onboard and better battery life. Yet, it was true for photos slideshow and video playback while for music playback the battery life remained the same as in the previous model. Additional icons and a search function sum up the improvements in the model. (more…)

iPod Classic 5th Gen (First Video Model)

The iPod classic 5th Gen with 30 Gb or 60 Gb hard drive onboard was in many ways the first of its kind. First, though positioned as a portable audio player it featured the video playback on the internal display. It can play MP4 (up to 2.5 Mbit/s) and H.264 (up to 768 kbit/s). Which, considering that the device can be connected to any external display via the proprietary Apple TV cable, was certainly a breakthrough back then. Second, the iPod classic 5th Gen was being offered in two color schemes for non-special edition, its usual white color and the alternative black. The white edition got the smaller Click Wheel as compared to the previous model. The black edition case had also undergone drastic changes. The iPod classic 5th Gen Black was completely redesigned. Its proportions were changed, the rear casing became more rounded, while the front one – more flat. The 4-pin remote port was removed as well, thus causing troubles with backward compatibility of certain accessories. (more…)

iPod Classic Color Display

There were two iPod classic Color Display models to offer: a 20 GB or 60 GB model. The 60 Gb model was just the renamed version of the iPod Photo with revised software. The changes included the function of bookmarking within the podcast menu and the ability to display colored podcasts artworks. The 20 GB model stepped in place of the previous 20GB standard model and the 30GB iPod photo. Thus Apple merged two iPod lines in one, reasonably dropping the price in the process. That was the double win, for users could get a color-screened model with photo features for a monochrome price. The iPod classic Color Display supported viewing the photos to a music, displaying them on the external display or NV via an AV cable or dock (sold separately). Images from a digital cam can also be viewed on iPod immediately via the iPod Camera Connector (optional). (more…)

iPod Photo 30 Gb

The iPod classic Photo 30 Gb was the revised 40Gb and 60 Gb iPod models. First, Apple dropped the capital P in “Photo”. Second, they gave her a smaller hard drive and a slimmer casing. The iPod classic Photo 30 Gb shares the casing material (i.e. stainless back), the Click Wheel, the 2-inch color LCD display with the previous models of the 4th Gen family. It is capable to playback photo to a synchronized music and on external displays, TV, etc. It offers 15 hours of music playback and 5 hours of slideshows but the skip protection is reduced as compared to previous models. (more…)

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