iPod Classic U2 Edition (Color) 20 GB

The iPod Classic U2 Special Edition is identical to the 20 GB configuration of the iPod 4th gen with Color Display 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. 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 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). The iPod Special Edition U2 is a standard iPod model with some differences, including: Black plastic exterior, red Click Wheel, signatures of the U2 band members engraved on the back, and “iPod Special Edition U2” engraved on the back.

iPod Classic U2 Special Edition 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).
  • Display: Two inch diagonal 65,536 color LCD (0.18-mm dot pitch) with an LED backlight.
  • Connectivity: Firewire, USB (sync and charge), dock, headphones.
  • Mac support: Mac 10.1.5.
  • Audio: High output amplifier (60-mW), 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.
  • TV and Video Format: Supports viewing photographs (optionally with synchronized music), on the internal display and on a television or projector using an AV cable via the custom headphone jack that is capable of video output.
  • Format: All iPod (with Color Display) models support “AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF.
  • Photo Support: All iPod with Color Display models sync iPod-viewable photos in “JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG formats and PSD (Mac only)
  • Battery Type: Lithium ion battery provides 15 hours of music playback and 5 hours of slideshows with music.
  • Full-Charge time of the battery: About 5 Hours, but it will fast charge in 3 hours to 80% capacity.
  • Display: The iPod classic (4G) models has 2-inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD with blue-white LED backlight”. 0.24-mm dot pitch.
  • Color: Two-tone housing with a gloss black front and a chromed stainless steel back. The Clickwheel is red.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation

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

Discontinued: October 12, 2005.

Price: US$329.


  • The iPod Color 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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