iPod Classic 4th Generation (2004) U2 Special Edition

The iPod Classic 4th Generation (2004) U2 Special Edition is identical to the 20 GB configuration of the iPod 4th Generation in hardware, but has a special edition case featuring a black front, a stainless steel back with laser etched signatures of the U2 band members, and a red ClickWheel. An “exclusive” U2 poster and a US$50 discount coupon for “The Complete U2” “box set” download came in a bundle. It cost US$30 more. The iPod classic 4th Gen acquired a lot of features from the junior model iPod nano, including: the touch-sensitive scroll wheel with four auxiliary buttons under it; the energy-efficient components, enhancing the battery life for over 12 hours of music playback, while the battery remained as in the previous model. The iPod classic 4th Gen case became thinner of course, while the accessories to go by were cut back by the Apple for some editions.  Initially, the two models were being offered: the 20 Gb model and the 40 Gb model, but later on October 26, 2004, the iPhoto was introduced as the iPod classic 4th Gen premium edition. The device featured a 220 x 176 pixel LCD capable of displaying up to 65,536 colors. It supported JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, and PNG graphic file formats, and the users could attach their iPods to TV or other external display for slideshows via a bundled TV cable.

iPod Classic 4th Generation (2004) U2 Special Edition

  • Introduced on October, 2004.


  • 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.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation

Apple Order: N\A. Apple Model No: A1099 (EMC 2022).

Discontinued: October 12, 2005.

Price: US$349.


  • The iPod Classic 4th Generation (2004) U2 Special Edition is considered the precious collection item nowadays. The player was to celebrate the release of the U2 famous album “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb”.
  • The U2 editions themed configuration shipped with an exclusive U2 poster, a US$50-off coupon for The Complete U2 downloadable box set, and the standard white iPod Apple earbuds. It cost US$30 more.
  • This version uses a 20 GB 4200 RPM ATA-66 hard drive, capable of supporting up to 5000 songs, in 128-Kbps AAC format. It also supports up to 20,000 photographs in iPod viewable format.
  • An “exclusive” U2 poster and a US$50 discount coupon for “The Complete U2” “box set” download came in a bundle. It cost US$30 more.
  • In June 2006, Apple introduced a new version of the iPod Special Edition U2. This version was based on a 5th-generation iPod (also known as iPod with video) with a 30 GB hard drive.
  • In September 2006, Apple introduced a model based on the iPod (5th generation Late 2006).
  • Line out and S-video provided by the dock, which along with the AV cable, was sold separately.
  • Although this version offers up to fifteen hours of music playback and up to five hours of slideshows with music, when compared to the iPod 4th Generation, the skip protection is reduced from 25 minutes to 17 minutes.
  • All iPod versions with Color Display, including the special U2 configuration, are capable of immediately viewing many types of images transferred through the optional iPod Camera Connector which Apple sold separately  for US$29.
  • All iPod classic models with Color Display are capable of charging and syncing by USB or Firewire “400” via the dock connector.
  • This model was shipped with Apple earbuds (headphones), AC adapter and aUSB 2.0 inch cable.
  • According to Apple this iPod model is compatible with a Macintosh computer with USB 2.0 or Firewire port, MacOS X 10.2.8 or MacOS X 10.3.4 or later, iTunes 4.7 or later, and iPhoto 4.0.3 or later recommended. The iPod Classic U2 Special Edition Color Display is compatible with a PC with USB 2.0 or Firewire port or USB 2.0 or Firewire card, 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, Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 or Elements 3.0 or later recommended.
  • Altogether there were six generations of the iPod classic, as well as a spin-off (the iPod Photo) that was later re-integrated into the main iPod line. All generations used a 1.8-inch (46 mm) hard drive for storage. Apple introduced the classic suffix with the rollout of the sixth-generation iPod on September 5, 2007. Prior to this, all iPod Classic models were simply referred to as iPods.


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Steve Jobs introduces iPod Photo & iPod U2 Edition – Apple Special Music Event (2004). Video published by EverySteveJobsVideo on December 21, 2013. Steve Jobs introduced the iPod photo and mocked the idea of playing video on an iPod a year before shipping the iPod Video.


This post currently has 2 responses

  • This text about one of the first iPods is both educative and entertaining, I still have in a garage first iPod classic versions. Good memories.

  • Hi there Im looking here I need the iPod 4th gen U2 Version 20gb back cover (Slim), and also one for the Photo one as well. Also I need the 4th gen ipod U2 Version Red Click wheel,and the U2 Special Edition Black Front face plate for the 4th Gen U2 Version. Please find me these parts or where I can purchase them. I need to purchase 20 Pieces of each of them. Please let me know ASAP. Thank you so much please contact me. Thank you

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