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).

iPod Classic Color Display

Introduced on June 28, 2005.


  • Processor Speed: 80 MHz (x2).
  • Processor Type: PP5020.
  • Onboard RAM: 32 MB.
  • Storage capacity: 20 GB (5000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format, 20000 photos) and 60 GB (15000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format, 25000 photos).
  • Connectivity: Firewire, USB (sync and charge), dock, headphones.
  • Mac support: Mac 10.1.5.
  • 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 0.57.
  • Average weight: .5.6 oz.
  • Navigation: Click wheel.
  • Format: MP3.
  • Battery Type: Lithium ion battery provides 12 hours of music playback.
  • Display: The iPod classic (4G) models has 2-inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD with blue-white LED backlight”. 0.24-mm dot pitch.
  • Color: White.

iPod Features

iPod is a music player and much more. As Apple states in its iPod User’s Guide (Instruction manual), with iPod, you can the following:

  • Store thousands of songs from your music collection, for listening on the go.
  • Store thousands of digital photos, for backing up or viewing on the go.
  • Import photos directly from most digital cameras (using the optional iPod Camera Connector).
  • View photos as a slideshow with music on a television, using the optional iPod AV Cable.
  • Listen to audiobooks purchased from the iTunes Music Store.
  • Arrange your music in On-The-Go playlists.
  • Store or back up files and other data, using iPod as an external hard disk.
  • Change equalizer settings to make music sound better.
  • Store and synchronize contact, calendar, and to-do list information from your computer.
  • Record voice memos, using an optional microphone.
  • Play games, store text notes, set an alarm, and more.

What You Need to Get Started

To use iPod with a Macintosh, you must have:

  • A Macintosh computer with built-in high-power USB 2.0 or built-in FireWire and the optional iPod Dock Connector to FireWire
  • Mac OS X v10.2.8, or Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later operating system.
  •  iTunes 4.7 or later. Note that iTunes is included on the iPod CD which comes with the iPod classic Color Display. Apple recommends to visit iTunes Website to be sure the user has the latest version of iTunes.
  • iPod software which is also included and comes with the CD.
  • iPhoto 4.0.3 or later. This application is recommended for transferring photos and albums to iPod. Note that iPhoto may already be installed on you Mac computer. Check the Applications folder to make sure that you have this app. iPhoto is also part of a suite of applications called iLife. If you have iPhoto 4 you can update it by choosing Apple Menu – Software Update. This software is optional. iPod can also import digital photos from folders on your computer’s hard disk, and directly from most digital cameras (using the optional iPod Camera Connector).

To use iPod with a Windows PC, the user must have:

A Windows PC with:

  • Built-in high-power USB 2.0 (or a high-power USB 2.0 card installed).
  • Or built-in FireWire (or a FireWire card installed) and the optional iPod Dock Connector to FireWire Cable (available for purchase).
  • Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.
  • iTunes 4.7 or later (iTunes is included on the iPod CD which comes with the iPod).
  • iPod software (also included on the iPod CD) Note that iPod can import photo collections automatically from Adobe Photoshop Album 1.0 or later, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 or later. This software is optional. iPod can also import digital photos from folders on your computer’s hard disk, and directly from most digital cameras (using the optional iPod Camera Connector).

Connecting and Disconnecting iPod

The user must connect iPod to his or her computer to transfer music and photos, and, in most cases, to charge the battery.

To connect iPod to the computer:

  • Plug the included iPod Dock Connector to USB 2.0 Cable in to a high-power USB 2.0 port on the computer, then connect the other end to iPod. Or, if the user has an iPod Dock, connect the cable to a high-power USB 2.0
    port on the computer and connect the other end to the Dock. Then put iPod in the Dock. If your computer doesn’t have a USB 2.0 port but has a FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394) port, you can use an iPod Dock Connector to FireWire Cable. By default, iPod imports songs automatically when you connect it to your computer. When this automatic transfer is done, you can disconnect iPod. If you connect iPod to a different computer and it is set to transfer songs automatically, iTunes prompts you before transferring any music.

To disconnect iPod:

  • You shouldn’t disconnect iPod while music is being transferred. You can easily see if it’s OK to disconnect iPod by looking at the screen.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation

Apple Order: N\A.

Apple Model No: A1099 (EMC 2022).

Discontinued : October 12, 2005.


  • Cut back in prices also meant cut back in accessories. Only earbuds, a USB 2.0 cable, and an AC adapter were bundled with the 20 GB model.
  • The 20 Gb model of iPod classic Color Display was said to be shipped without the latest update in software concerning iTunes 4.9.


Apple iPod Classic. Video published by CNET on November 30, 2012. This iPod is classic for a reason, and delivers the best storage value of all the iPods.


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