iPod

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

iPod

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…)

iPod Photo

The iPod classic Photo 40 Gb and 60 Gb models hit the market in October, 2004, and started the color screen portable players war. As the moniker “Photo” implies, the player could view and store photos and all the improvements of the model had to do with that feature. Including: the color display, the photo view support, the color in interface and capability to playback photo to a synchronized music and on external displays, TV, etc. Sharing the telltale design with other 4th Gen family members, i. e. Click Wheel and casing the player was somewhat bulkier as compared to previous slim models. (more…)

iPod Shuffle 1st Gen

The iPod shuffle 1st gen is the smallest MP3 flash drive music player and the cheapest among the Apple products. As the moniker Shuffle implies, the player was designed as an easy load-and-go device. It was supported by the “autofill” iTunes feature that picked up songs from a user’s collection at random and load as many of them as could fit into the player’s storage. There were two iPod shuffle models according to their storage capacity: the 512 Mb model and the 1 Gb model. The latter could store up to 240 songs. The iPod shuffle 1st Gen was designed to plug into a USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 ports but could go with an optional dock as well. It lacked the click wheel, the display, the playlist functions as well as many other:  an alarm clock, a calendar and suchlike. It had four buttons on the front to navigate the playlist. The only indicator was the battery level indicator on the reverse. (more…)

iPod Shuffle 2nd Gen Colors

The iPod color shuffle player of late 2007 are identical to the iPod color shuffle 2nd gen in everything except colors. They were being offered in light blue, light green, purple and silver plus (PRODUCT) RED special edition. The sole 1 Gb model in an aluminum case is half the size of the previous model and the size of the Apple Remote Control. It has a built-in clip for comfortable wear. The control buttons (power\shuffle\not shuffle) are separated to avoid an accidental clicking. As for the software, the iPod shuffle 2nd gen is formatted in FAT32 and can’t support Apple Lossless playback due to low processing power. The device also lost the USB stick and the connectivity is provided via a headphone jack-USB piece of hardware to charge and load. (more…)

iPod Shuffle 2nd Gen

The iPod shuffle 2nd gen is titled as the most wearable iPod ever and the smallest MP3 player in the world, which it undoubtedly was back then. The sole 1 Gb model in an aluminum case is half the size of the previous model and the size of the Apple Remote Control. It has a built-in clip for comfortable wear. The control buttons (power\shuffle\not shuffle) are separated to avoid an accidental clicking. As for the software, the iPod shuffle 2nd gen is formatted in FAT32 and can’t support Apple Lossless playback due to low processing power. The device also lost the USB stick and the connectivity is provided via a headphone jack-USB piece of hardware to charge and load. (more…)

iPod Shuffle 2nd Gen Color (2008)

The iPod shuffle 2nd Gen color player of late 2008 is identical to the iPod color shuffle 2nd gen in everything except colors. Apple brought back the bright colors of early 2007: The sole 1 Gb model in an aluminum case is half the size of the previous model and the size of the Apple Remote Control. It has a built-in clip for comfortable wear. The control buttons (power\shuffle\not shuffle) are separated to avoid an accidental clicking. As for the software, the iPod shuffle 2nd gen is formatted in FAT32 and can’t support Apple Lossless playback due to low processing power. The device also lost the USB stick and the connectivity is provided via a headphone jack-USB piece of hardware to charge and load. (more…)

iPod Shuffle 3rd Gen 4 Gb

Released on on March 11, 2009 the iPod shuffle 3rd Gen was a step-back from the previous model. Just a small “chewing-gum format” case with no place for controls on it. Instead, the controls were integrated with the earphone cable. There are three control buttons in all: volume up\volume down and action. With the last a user can either choose between playlists or activate the brand-new iPod feature – VoiceOver. Apple titled the iPod shuffle 3rd Gen as the first player that talks to you. It can speak the names of songs, artists and playlist titles in 14 languages depending upon the language of a song on you playlist. The player also can voice the battery charge remained. Press and hold the action button for songs and artists and press and hold until the tone for playlists. This feature was to make up for the lack of the screen. The black and silver aluminum took place of vibrant living colors of the previous models, the storage capacity the same – 4 Gb. The clip for comfortable wear also remained. (more…)

iPod Shuffle 3rd Gen Colors 2 and 4 Gb

Released in 2009 the iPod shuffle 3rd Gen colors remained the same as the previous shuffle 3rd gen models in everything except colors. They are being offered also in green, pink and blue. The three control buttons in the earphone cable remained: volume up\volume down and action. With the last a user can either choose between playlists or activate the brand-new iPod feature – Voice Over. Apple titled the iPod shuffle 3rd Gen as the first player that talks to you. It can speak the names of songs, artists and playlist titles in 14 languages depending upon the language of a song on you playlist. The player also can voice the battery charge remained. Press and hold the action button for songs and artists and press and hold until the tone for playlists. This feature was to make up for the lack of the screen. The 2 Gb model was added to the line-up. (more…)

iPod Shuffle 4th Gen 2 Gb

The iPod shuffle 4th Gen 2 Gb released in late 2012 is identical to the previous 4th generation model in everything except colors and operating system support. The 5 button operating scheme plus the VoiceOver action button on top. The player can speak the name of songs, artists and playlists in 14 languages and boasts the Genius Mixer function as well. That is, Genius can compile a playlist picking up similar songs. The housing is offered in seven colors – dark grey and silver with a black click wheel ring and blue, purple, red, pink, yellow and green with a white click wheel ring. There’s only one 2 Gb version for all colors with battery life up to 15 hours. (more…)

iPod Shuffle 4th Gen 2 Gb (mid-2015)

iPod shuffle 4th Gen 2 Gb released in late 2012 is identical to the previous 4th generation model in everything except colors and operating system support. The iPods shuffle 4th Gen released in mid of 2015 do not support older Mac versions as well as Windows XP and Vista. The 5 button operating scheme plus the VoiceOver action button on top. The player can speak the name of songs, artists and playlists in 14 languages and boasts the Genius Mixer function as well. That is, Genius can compile a playlist picking up similar songs. The housing is offered in seven colors – space grey and silver with a black click wheel ring and gold, blue, red, and hot pink with a white click wheel ring. There’s only one 2 Gb version for all colors with battery life up to 15 hours. (more…)

iPod Shuffle 4th Gen 2 Gb VoiceOver

iPod Shuffle 4th Gen 2 Gb VoiceOver: The public being less than enthusiastic about the iPod shuffle 3rd Generation, Apple engineers turned to the 2nd generation design with clickable ring buttons. But iPod Shuffle 4th Gen was smaller than the second model and preserved the VoiceOver function from the iPod Shuffle 3rd generation with action button on top. The player can speak the name of songs, artists and playlists in 14 languages and boasts the Genius Mixer function as well. That is, Genius can compile a playlist picking up similar songs. The housing is offered in five colors — silver with a black click wheel ring and blue, orange, pink, and green with a white click wheel ring. There’s only one 2 Gb version for all colors with battery life up to 15 hours. (more…)

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