Find Out iPod Model Number

The iPod family is a line of media digital players and small pocket computers designed marketed by Apple. There are three current versions of the iPod: iPod shuffle, iPod nano and iPod touch. The forth model, iPod classic was discontinued by Apple). Their storage capacity varies by model, ranging from 2GB for the iPod shuffle to 256GB for the iPod touch. You can identify your iPod by its shape, size, functionalities, capacity, color, engravings and so on, but you can easily find out which model you have by the corresponding iPod model number:

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iPod Touch Model Numbers

iPod touch GenerationsModel Number
iPod touch 7th generationA2178
iPod touch 6th generationA1574
iPod touch 5th generation (2014)A1509
iPod touch 5th generation (2012 and 2013)A1421
iPod touch 4th generationA1367
iPod touch 3rd generationA1318
iPod touch 2nd generationA1288
iPod touch 2nd generation (for China only)
iPod touch (iPod touch 1st)


  • iPod touch (3rd generation): you can distinguish from iPod touch (2nd generation) by looking at the back of the device. In the text below the engraving, look for the model number.
  • iPod touch (2nd generation): you can distinguish from the previous model by its contoured design and oval shaped antennae cover in the back upper left corner.


iPod Nano Model Numbers

iPod Nano GenerationsModel Number
iPod Nano 7th generationA1446
iPod Nano 6th generationA1366
iPod Nano 5th generationA1320
iPod Nano 4th generationA1285
iPod Nano 3rd generationA1236
iPod Nano 2nd generationA1199
iPod touch iPod nano (iPod nano 1st generation)A1137


  • iPod nano (5th generation): you can distinguish from previous iPod nano models by its taller screen when compared to iPod nano (4th generation), polished anodized aluminum finish, inclusion of a camera and microphone on the back of the device.
  • iPod nano (4th generation): you can distinguish from previous iPod nano models by its taller screen, curved surface, oval shape when seen from the top or bottom, inclusion of an accelerometer that is used by the Shake feature.
  • iPod nano (3rd generation): you can distinguish from previous iPod nano models by its wider screen, hold switch is on the bottom, ability to play video. The last three characters of the serial number will be one of these: YOP, YOR, YXR, YXT, YXV, or YXX.
  • iPod nano (2nd generation): you can distinguish the from other models by its smaller size, its colors, and the located of the dock connector and headphone port, which are both located on the bottom of the device.


iPod Shuffle Model Numbers

iPod Shuffle Generations Model Number
iPod Shuffle 4th generation A1373
iPod Shuffle 3rd generation A1271
iPod shuffle 2nd generationA1204
iPod shuffle (1st generation)A1112


  • iPod shuffle (2nd generation): the last three characters of the serial number will be one of these: 1ZH, 1ZK, 1ZM, 1ZP, or 1ZR.


iPod Mini Model Numbers

iPod Mini GenerationsModel Number
2nd generationA1051
iPod mini
(1st generation)


  • iPod mini is distinguished from other models by its smaller size, colors, the Hold switch, which is located on the top-left side and the Click Wheel’s button labels, which are located on the wheel itself.


iPod Classic Model Numbers

iPods classic are also known as just iPods and they have different versions, such as iPod classic, iPod (5th generation), iPod Special Edition U2, iPod Photo, iPod with color display, iPod (Click Wheel), iPod (Dock Connector), iPod (Touch Wheel), iPod (Scroll Wheel).

iPod Classic ModelsModel Number
iPod classic (including iPod 5th generation)A1238
Special Edition U2 (2006)A1136
Special Edition U2 (2005)A1099
iPod (2004)A1059
iPod photo (with color display)A1099
iPod (Click Wheel) A1059
iPod (Dock Connector)A1040
iPod (Touch Wheel)A1019
iPod (Scroll Wheel)M8541


  • iPod classic (including iPod 5th generation): the last three characters of the serial number will be one of these: Y5N, YMU, YMV, or YMX.
  • iPod (5th generation) is also known as iPod with video or Fifth Generation iPod. The last three characters of the serial number will be one of these: V9K, V9P, V9M, V9R, V9L, V9N, V9Q, V9S, WU9, WUA, WUB, WUC, or X3N.
  • iPod 5th Generation U2 Special Edition: serial number’s last three characters are W9G.
  • iPod photo models are functionally and visually identical to the iPod with color display, and have the same model number, so these models are interchangeable, but by some internal reasons Apple distinguishes them as two different models.
  • iPod (Scroll Wheel) is the only device in this line where the iPod model number starts with the letter M, not the A.



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  • I have a early ipod with a USB connector and can’t find a matching serial number to Identify it. The serial number is 4H5138YDRSA. Its long and thin with a circular button for selecting and outter circle for going forward and back and plus and minus on the wheel

  • Please, take a picture of your iPod and of its serial number and send it to the email below. We’ll try to help you. Thank you for choosing us.

  • I have an early Ipod. The model No. is A1136 Special Edition U2 (2006) according to the information you have provided. My device shows the Apple icon when I plug it in, but I can’t get either the music or the hundreds of pictures I have stored on the device. Two questions, is there a way to get it to work again – maybe put in a new battery – or is there a way to save all the songs and especially the pictures that are on the device? I need the pictures more than anything else.
    Thanks for helping me find the model on your site!

    • Hi, thanks for asking.

      Looks like the battery or the charger port (or both) are damaged. The player hasn’t got enough power to boot. Try to replace the battery and check the charger port and contacts.

  • I have an i pod classic (scroll wheel) 30GB model number MA002FB version 1.3
    I can play it on the docking station and it is fully charged but as soon as I remove it to use with earphones it says low battery.
    I want to change the battery to try this but cannot find out any information i.e part number or where I can source one from.
    Or could the fault not be the battery ?

    • Hi Shirley.

      No, you’re right, it looks like the battery in your iPod degraded. Fortunately, you can replace it with a third-party Li-Po battery that features 3.7V DC. It’s capacity is 450mAh/1.66Wh.

  • I can’t for the life of me find my little pod anywhere- serial number 6V9060L5YX6

  • Hi, hope you can help me I have an IPOD Classic click wheel, model number MA002FB Version 1.1.1 have you any idea what battery I need to buy to replace the original one as it doesn’t hold it’s charge for long anymore. Hoping you can oblige, thankyou Pam Stafford

    • Hi Pam

      Thank you for writing to us. We are unable to find the model #MA002FB; perhaps you meant #MA002FB in which case there is replacement battery available on Amazon and eBay. Replacing the battery is an arduous task and would require technical expertise, so we suggest you visit your nearest Apple store.

      Good luck!

  • I have an iPod Classic 2nd gen 10GB brand new with all the accessories
    CAN i sell it here ? How does it work ?
    Thank u

  • Hi I have the 2006 U2 version. On the back of the Ipod it shows Model no A1136, and SN 8K119KEF0MY or 8K119KEFOMY I can’t tell if it’s a zero or an O. I looked up the SN and it is not showing.

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