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.

iPod 1st Gen

1,000 songs in your pocket

Introduced on October 23, 2001.


  • Processor Speed: 90 MHz (x2)
  • Processor Type: PP5002
  • Onboard RAM: 32 MB
  • Storage capacity: 5 GB hard drive (capable of storing one thousand songs in 160-Kbps MP3 format), introduced on October 23, 2001. 10 GB (2000 songs in 160-Kbps MP3 format) and 20 GB released on March 20, 2002. Upgraded to 40 GB on September 8, 2003.
  • Connectivity: FireWire port.
  • Mac support: 9.2.1 and X 10.1 (Mac 9.2.2, 10.1.4 introduced on July 17, 2002.)
  • OS: Operating system for mobile devices based on Pixo OS 2.1.
  • Audio: A high output amplifier (60-mW), a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack.
  • Drive: 1.8” hard drive.
  • Dimensions: 4.02 x 2.43 x 0.78.
  • Average weight: .5 oz.
  • Navigation: First model had mechanical scroll wheel which assured an easy one handed navigation. It had a center select button and four auxiliary buttons around the wheel.
  • Format: MP3. Mac software provided. iTunes 2 software based on SoundJam and assuring easy managing of music collections between the Mac and the iPod. Musicmatch Jukebox software support was enabled for the first version. It was dropped later when iTunes 4.1 for Windows was released (the first version available for Microsoft Windows).
  • Battery Type: 1200 mAh lithium polymer hours of music playback using an integrated 1200 mAh Lithium Polymer battery. Battery life (estimated): up to 10 hours. The 1st Gen iPod was capable of charging and syncing using the onboard standard Firewire 400 port. Full-charge time: 3 hours. Fast charge in 1 hour to 80% capacity.
  • Display: Black and white 2” (diagonal) monochrome (backlit) liquid-crystal display (LCD) screen. Display resolution: 160×128; 0.24-mm dot pitch.
  • Colors: Two-tone housing with an iBook white front (later, white for limited edition Madonna, limited edition Tony Hawk, limited edition No Doubt, limited edition Beck.) Chromed stainless steel back.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Order: M513LL/A for the original 5 GB Mac compatible configuration. Apple Order M8709LL/A for the 10 GB model. Apple Order M8513LL/B (Mac) and M8697LL/A (Windows) for the 5 GB (Scroll Wheel) model retained after the 10 GB and 20 GB “2G/Touch Wheel” models appeared on the market.

Apple Model No: M8541 (EMC 1910).

Initial price: US$399. On March 20,2002, the price of new versions: US$499.

Discontinuation: The 1st generation iPod classic was discontinued on April 28, 2003.


  • The small, ultra-sleek size of the original iPod was determined by its 1.8” hard drive, whereas other MP3 media players were equipped with 2.5″ hard drives at the time. The iPod was later redesigned to have all-touch interface – touch-sensitive scroll wheels, dock connector, and slimmer case.
  • The original iPod had mechanical scroll wheel, but later iPods used touch-sensitive scroll wheels) The iPod had a rated battery life of ten hours.
  • Since October, 2001, VCard compatibility and possibility to display business card information synced from a Mac were added.


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Apple iPod classic 1st generation 5GB unboxing. Video uploaded by Bart on October 4, 2016


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