iPod Mini 1st Gen 4 Gb

The iPod mini 1st Gen the tiniest mp3 hard drive player at the time of introduction was a hybrid between the tiny flash drive shuffle iPods and the iPods classic. The 4Gb hard drive was put in the anodized aluminum case, offered in five colors: silver, gold, pink, green and blue. The iPod mini 1st gen has a grayscale LCD display with LED backlight and a ClickWheel for navigation under which pressure sensitive buttons are hidden. The battery provides up to 8 hours of playback, but unfortunately it is not a user-replaceable one.  The iPod mini 1st gen has also such features as a voice recorder, an alarm clock and some games. As for connectivity, it can also boast an audio out connection for stand-alone powered speakers and a USB-earphone jack dock typical for iPods. Also an armband was being offered as an option but still the player worn that way proved to be too cumbersome for any physical activity.

iPod Mini 1st Gen 4 Gb

Introduced on January 6, 2004.


  • Processor Speed: 80 MHz (x2).
  • Processor Type: PP5020.
  • Onboard RAM: 32 MB.
  • Storage capacity: 4 GB.
  • Connectivity: USB, FireWIre
  • Mac support: Mac 10.1.5.
  • Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.0 x 0.5.
  • Average weight: 3.6 oz.
  • Navigation: Click wheel with pressure sensitive buttons under it.
  • Format: MP3.
  • Battery Type: Lithium ion battery provides 8 hours of playback.
  • Colors: Silver, gold, pink, green, blue.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation

Apple Order:  M9160LL/A.

Apple Model No:  A1051 (EMC 1984).

Discontinued:  February 23, 2005.


  • The new renovated ClickWheel proved to be very comfortable for one-hand operation, since it offers a physical feedback once the function is activated.
  • The button “hold” on top of the case locks all the function. The unlabeled central button of the ClickWheel is Select. Precise controls let a user to scroll not only a lengthy song lists but lengthy song as well.
  • Keep in mind, in this iPod mini model Belkin Voice Recorder and not Griffin iTalk is installed.

Tips and Troubleshooting

Apple published these advice about using and troubleshooting your iPod:

What are the iPod for Macintosh system requirements?

The user can use iPod with a computer and software that meet the following requirements:

  • Macintosh computer with built-in FireWire
  • Mac OS X v10.1.4 or later and iTunes 3 or later, or Mac OS 9.2.1 or later and iTunes 2 or later.

If your  iPod won’t turn on or respond:

  • First, make sure iPod’s Hold switch is off.
  • If you’re using the Apple iPod Remote, make sure the remote’s Hold switch is off.
  • If the iPod still doesn’t respond, connect iPod to the iPod Power Adapter, and then connect the adapter to a working electrical outlet, as your iPod battery may need to be recharged.
  • If that doesn’t work, your iPod may need to be reset. To reset the iPod, while the device is connected to power, press and hold the Play and Menu buttons for at least 5 seconds, until the Apple logo appears.
  • If that doesn’t work and your iPod is still unresponsive, you may need to restore iPod’s software. Thus try to download the iPod Software Updater application.

Your iPod isn’t playing music:

  • Make sure the Hold switch is off.
  • Make sure the earphone connector is pushed in all the way.
  • Make sure the volume is turned up.
  • If that doesn’t work, push the Play/Pause button, as your iPod may be paused.

When I connect my iPod to my computer, nothing happens:

  • Make sure you have the required system software and version of iTunes.
  • Check the FireWire connections. Unplug the FireWire cable at both ends and make sure no foreign objects are in the FireWire ports.
  • Then plug the cable back in securely. Use only the Apple 6-pin to 6-pin FireWire cable.
    Tips and troubleshooting.
  • If that doesn’t work, restart your computer.
  • If that doesn’t work, your iPod may need to be reset. Connect iPod to the iPod Power Adapter and connect the adapter to a working electrical outlet. Then press and hold the Play and Menu buttons for at least 5 seconds, until the Apple logo appears.
  • If that doesn’t work, you may need to restore iPod’s software.

My FireWire port cover came off:

  • The FireWire port cover (available with some models of iPod) is designed to be removable. If it comes off, you can reinsert it.

My Apple iPod Remote isn’t working:

  • Make sure the remote’s Hold switch is off.
  • Make sure the remote is plugged firmly into iPod’s headphones port, and that the Apple Earphones are plugged firmly into the remote.
  • The iPod Remote is included with some models of iPod, and can be purchased separately.

Cleaning Your iPod

As every electronic device, your iPod needs regular cleaning. Follow these general rules when cleaning the outside of your iPod and its components:

  • Make sure the iPod is unplugged.
  • To clean it, use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, or abrasives.

About handling: Your iPod may be damaged by improper storage or handling. To avoid damaging it, be careful not to drop your iPod when playing or transporting the device.


  • Don’t forget: The best place online to sell your used iPod is here, at iGotOffer. The highest price online, instant free quote, free fully insured shipping, fast and secure payment: Sell your iPod.
  • iPod Classic Color Display – Apple had 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.


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