iPod Classic 5th Generation Enhanced – Full Information

The iPod classic 5th Generation 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.

Apple iPod (5th Generation): Unboxing [Video]

Video uploaded by DetroitBORG on October 5, 2010.

iPod Classic 5th Generation Enhanced

Introduced on September 12, 2006.


  • Processor Speed: 80 MHz (x2)
  • Processor Type: PP5021C
  • Onboard RAM: 32 MB, 64 MB
  • Song capacity: 30 GB (7500 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format) and 60 GB (15000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format).
  • Photo capacity: 25000
  • Connectivity: USB, video, audio, dock, headphones.
  • Mac support: Mac 10.3.9.
  • Audio: A high output amplifier (60-mW), a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack. This model supports for the first time Audible format.
  • Drive: 1.8” hard drive.
  • Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.43.
  • Average weight: 4.8 oz.
  • Navigation: Click wheel
  • Format: MP3
  • Battery Type: lithium ion battery provides 14 hours of music playback for the 30 GB model and up to 20 hours for the 80 GB model.
  • Battery Life for photos: 4 hours and 6 hours respectively
  • Battery Life for videos: 3.5 hours and 6.5 hours respectively
  • Display: The iPod classic (5G) models feature 2.5-inch (diagonal) QVGA transflective over 260,000 color LCD display (320×240, .156-mm dot pitch) with a “white LED” backlight.
  • Colors: black, white.
  • Accessories: Earbud headphones, USB 2.0 from the box. The Apple Remote (US$29), iPod Camera Connector (US$29), the universal dock (US$39) can be purchased separately.

To Search For Music

You can search iPod for songs, playlists, album titles, artist names, audio podcasts, and audiobooks. The search feature does not search videos, notes, calendar items, contacts, or lyrics. To search iPod:

  1. Choose Search from the Music menu.
  2. Enter a search string by using the Click Wheel to navigate the alphabet and pressing the Center button to “enter” each character. iPod starts searching as soon as you enter the first character, displaying the results on the search screen. For example, if you enter “b,” then iPod displays all music items containing the letter “b.” If you enter “ab,” iPod displays all items containing that sequence of letters. To enter a space, press the Next/Fast-forward button. To delete the previous character, click the back arrow or press the Previous/Rewind
  3. Click DONE to display the found list, which you can now navigate. Songs in the found list appear without an icon. Other items are preceded by an icon to show the type of item: artist, album, audiobook, and podcast.
  4. To return to Search, press the Menu button.

How to Scroll Quickly Through Long Lists

If you have more than 100 songs, videos, or other items, you can scroll quickly through a long list by moving your thumb quickly on the Click Wheel.  To scroll quickly:

  1. Move your thumb quickly on the Click Wheel, to display a letter of the alphabet on the screen.
  2. Use the Click Wheel to navigate the alphabet until you find the first letter of the item you’re looking for. This takes you to the first item in the list beginning with that letter. Items beginning with a symbol or number appear before the letter “A.”
  3. Lift your thumb momentarily (or stop moving your thumb for about one second) to return to normal scrolling.
  4. Use the Click Wheel to finish navigating to the item you want.

How to Turn Off the Click Wheel Sound

When you scroll through menu items, you can hear a clicking sound through the iPod internal speaker to let you know the Click Wheel is working. If you like, you can turn the Click Wheel sound off. To turn off the Click Wheel sound:

  • Choose Settings and set Clicker to Off.
  • To turn the Click Wheel sound back on, set Clicker to On.

How to Disable iPod Controls

If you don’t want to turn iPod on or activate controls accidentally, you can make them inactive using the Hold switch:

  • Slide the Hold switch to HOLD (so you can see the orange bar).

About the iPod Battery

iPod has an internal, non-user-replaceable battery. For best results, the first time you use iPod, let it charge for about four hours or until the battery icon in the top-right corner of the iPod display shows that the battery is fully charged. If iPod isn’t used for a while, the battery might need to be charged. The iPod battery is 80-percent charged in about two hours and fully charged in about four hours. If you charge iPod while loading files, playing music, viewing videos, or viewing a slideshow, it might take longer.

You can charge the iPod battery in two ways:

  • Connect iPod to your computer.
  • Use the iPod USB Power Adapter, available separately.

To charge the battery using your computer:

  • Connect iPod to a high-power USB port on your computer. The computer must be turned on and not in sleep mode (some models of Macintosh can charge iPod while in sleep mode).
  • If the battery icon on the iPod screen shows a lightning bolt, the battery is charging. If it shows a plug, the battery is fully charged.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Order: MA444LL/A for the 30Gb model in white, MA446LL/A for the 30Gb model in black, MA448LL/A for the 80 Gb model in white, MA450LL/A for the 60Gb model in black.

Apple Model No: A1136 (EMC 2065).

Discontinued: September 5, 2007.

Price: US $249 for 30Gb model, US $349 for 80Gb model.


  • No more iTunes installation CD was bundled. The users were suggested to download the software from the Apple’s website.
  • Among other features of the iPods classic 5th Gen we can mention gapless playback and iPod Games support. They became available for both 5th Gen and 5.5th Gen iPods due to a firmware update released at the same time. The models were being offered by slightly lower prices than the iPod classic 5th Gen.



This post currently has 6 responses

  • It’d be great if somebody dared to tell we what is the meaning of all these iPods in our days.

  • 1. Audio through a music player with the Wolfsen DAC offer better sound than contemporary music found on streaming services and is most likely played via than Bluetooth
    2. Some people enjoy the idea of carrying their music physically with them
    3. There is no play lag and can be used without an internet connection

  • 1. 2TB of music (upgrade to SDXC)
    2. 120 hours playtime (upgrade battery)
    3. no need any network, ie: hiking

  • I have one of these I want to charge up again. I can plug it into the USB on the PC, for sure, but if I want to use an external charger, what are the specs? 5 volts?

    • Hi. According to the Apple Store the Apple 5W USB Power Adapter for the iPhone 5 suits fine. The specs are:
      Input: 100-240V AC 50-60 Hz
      Ouptut DC 5V 1A

  • I have an ipod Classic 5.5 30gb working to this day and the sound is spectacular.

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