iPod

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The iPod line from October 2012. From left to right: iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPod Touch.

The iPod is a range of portable music players designed by the company Apple Inc. in California, but made mostly by the Chinese. The iPod comes with computer cables so that the user can put music from their computer onto the iPod, and play music from it using headphones. Newer iPods allow a user to play games, view pictures, watch videos and use the internet, too.

The first iPod was simply named the iPod. This was released in 2001. Apple still makes iPods like this today, but they are now called "iPod classic".

Apple makes a smaller iPod called the iPod nano. It is much smaller than the iPod, but does not hold as many songs. It uses flash memory, a special kind of memory for very small electronics, instead of a hard drive. It replaced a version of the iPod called the iPod mini.

Another type of iPod, called the iPod shuffle, is very small, and it uses flash memory, like the iPod nano but it has no screen. It is the least expensive iPod.

The most expensive iPod is called the iPod touch. It has a touch screen, like the iPhone. The first iPod touch was released in 2007.

iPods often contain songs downloaded from an online music store, using a program called iTunes. (The name of Apple's music and video store is the iTunes Store.) Songs are sold in AAC file format, not MP3 or WMA. These are popular formats for compressing (making smaller) music until it does not take up much space and can easily be put on a media player such as the iPod.

The App Store is an online shop that is run by Apple Inc. where people can buy software for their iPhone or iPod Touch. It opened on July 11, 2008. Over 100,000 applications (or apps for short) are available for people to buy. Some apps are available for free.

Models[change | change source]

Model Generation Image Storage space Changes Connection Original release date Pricing (USD) Minimum OS to sync
iPod classic first Ipod 1G.png 5, 10 GB First model, with a scroll wheel that actually moved. 10 GB model made later. FireWire 23 October 2001 $399, $499
(5 GB later $299)
Mac: 9/10.0/10.1
second second generation iPod 10, 20 GB Touch-sensitive wheel. FireWire port has a cover. Hold switch has changed. Works with Windows too, by using the Musicmatch program. FireWire 17 July 2002 $399, $499 Mac: 10.1
Win: XP
third third generation iPod 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 GB First complete redesign. Everything works from the top-screen and the case is slimmer. Musicmatch program is replaced by iTunes 4.7 for Windows. FireWire (USB for syncing only) 28 April 2003 $299, $399, $499 Mac: 10.2
Win: XP
fourth IPod4G.jpg 20, 40 GB Has a Click Wheel like the iPod mini. FireWire or USB 19 July 2004 $299, $399 Mac: 10.3
Win: XP
fourth (photo) (color) fourth generation iPod photo  : 30, 40, 60 GB
color: 20, 60 GB
Premium version of 4G iPod with colour screen and picture viewing. Later became part of the main iPod section again. FireWire or USB October 2004 photo: $499, $599
(later $349, $449)
color: $299, $399
Mac: 10.3
Win: XP
fifth fifth generation iPod 30, 60, 80 GB Second full redesign with a slimmer case, and larger screen with video playback. Available in black or white. USB (FireWire for battery charging only) 12 October 2005 $299, $399
(later $249, $349)
Mac: 10.4
Win: XP/Vista
sixth sixth generation iPod shuffle 80, 160 GB First one to have "Classic" at the end of its name. New way to control it. Has an anodized aluminium front plate. Silver replaces white. USB (FireWire for charging only) 5 September 2007 $249, $349 Mac: 10.4/10.5/10.6/10.7/Mac OS X v10.8/10.8
Win: XP/Vista/7
iPod mini (no longer made) first Green ipodmini 1stgen.jpg 4 GB New smaller model, available in 5 colours. Introduced the "Click Wheel". USB or FireWire 6 January 2004 $249 Mac: 10.3
Win: XP
second Green ipodmini 2ndgen.jpg 4, 6 GB Brighter colours available, with a battery that last longer. Click Wheel letters match the colour of the case. Gold colour not made any more. Later replaced by iPod nano. USB or FireWire 22 February 2005 $199, $249 Mac: 10.3/10.4
Win: XP
iPod nano first first generation iPod nano 1, 2, 4 GB Replaced iPod mini. Available in black or white. Uses flash memory. Colour screen for picture viewing. 1 GB version made later. USB (FireWire for battery charging only) 7 September 2005 $149, $199, $249 Mac: 10.4
Win: 2000
second 4 GB blue iPod nano 2, 4, 8 GB Anodized aluminum casing and 6 colours available. USB (FireWire for battery charging only) 12 September 2006 $149, $199, $249 Mac: 10.4
Win: XP/Vista
third 4 GB third iPod nano 4, 8 GB 2" QVGA screen. Colours changed with chrome made again. New way to control it. Can use with videos. USB (FireWire for battery charging only) 5 September 2007 $149, $199 Mac: 10.4/10.5
Win: XP/Vista
fourth iPod Nano 4G in Black 8, 16 GB Changed back to tall way-round. All-aluminum case with 9 colour choices. Has an accelerometer to allow shake and horizontal viewing. 4GB model available only in a limited number of places. USB 9 September 2008 $149, $199 Mac: 10.5
Win: XP/Vista
fifth IPod-Nano-5G-front-back.png 8, 16 GB Has larger screen and smoother case than iPod nano G4. Built-in video camera, microphone, and FM tuner. USB 9 September 2009 $149,$179 Mac:10.5/10.6
Win:XP/Vista/7
sixth 6G IPod Nano.svg 2, 4 GB Reverted to small iPod Shuffle design with a 1.8" multi-touchscreen all around the body. Removes video recording, video playback, speakers, and microphone. USB 1 September 2010 $99 Mac:10.6/10.7/10.8
Win:7
seventh 7th Generation iPod Nano.svg 2, 4 GB Reverted to iPod Shuffle and iPod Touch crossover with Video Playback re-added and Bluetooth added. USB 12 September 2012 $129 Mac:10.7/10.8
Win:Windows 7/Windows 8
iPod shuffle first first generation iPod shuffle 512 MB, 1 GB New entry-level (cheapest) model. Uses flash memory and has no screen. USB
(no adaptor required)
11 January 2005 $99, $149
(later $69, $99)
Mac: 10.3/10.4
Win: XP
second second generation iPod shuffle 1 GB Smaller clip design with anodized aluminium case. 4 colour options added later. Colours were later refreshed. USB 12 September 2006 $79 Mac: 10.4
Win: XP/Vista
third IPod shuffle 3G.png 4 GB Reverted back to first generation with controls moved to right headphone cable. Two colours, and has VoiceOver. 3 more colors added later. USB 11 March 2009 $79 Mac: 10.5/10.6
Win: XP/Vista/7
fourth 5G IPod Shuffle.svg 4 GB Reverted back to second generation Shuffle with controls returned to the body of the iPod. Features VoiceOver. USB 1 September 2010 $79 Mac: 10.6/10.7/10.8
iPod touch first IPod Touch 1G.svg 8, 16, 32 (released later) GB With Safari internet browser, Multi-touch, Wi-Fi, wireless access to the iTunes Store and YouTube. USB (FireWire for battery charging only) 5 September 2007 (32GB February 2008) $299, $399, $499 Mac: 10.4/10.5
Win: XP/Vista
second IPod touch 2G.png 8, 32, 64  GB New tapered chrome back with Nike+ function, volume buttons, and built-in speaker added. USB 9 September 2008 $299, $399, $499 Mac: 10.5
Win: XP/Windows Vista
third IPod touch 2G.png 32, 64  GB Features Voice Control from iPhone 3GS. USB 9 September 2009 $299, $399, $499 Mac: 10.6
Win: XP/Vista/7
fourth 4th Generation iPod touch.png 8, 32, 64 GB New design from iPhone 4. Features front and back video cameras. USB 1 September 2010 $299, $399, $499 Mac: 10.6/10.7/10.8
Win: 7
fifth 5th Generation iPod Touch.svg 32, 64 GB Features larger 4" screen from iPhone 5. First iPod Touch available in several different colors. USB 12 September 2012 $299, $399, $499 Mac: 10.7/10.8
Win:7/8
(PRODUCT)RED 2G iPod nano.

Timeline[change | change source]

Apple TV Apple TV Apple TV iPad Mini iPad (4th generation) iPad (3rd generation) iPad 2 iPad iPhone 5 iPhone 4S iPhone 4 iPhone 3GS iPhone 3G iPhone (original) iPod touch#Fifth generation iPod touch#Fourth generation iPod touch#Third generation iPod touch#Second generation iPod touch#First generation iPod classic iPod classic#Fifth generation iPod classic#iPod (with color display) iPod photo iPod classic#Fourth generation iPod classic#Third generation iPod classic#Second generation iPod classic#First generation iPod nano#Seventh generation iPod nano#Sixth generation iPod nano#Fifth generation iPod nano#Fourth generation iPod nano#Third generation iPod nano#Second generation iPod nano#First generation iPod mini iPod mini iPod shuffle#Fourth generation iPod shuffle#Third generation iPod shuffle#Second generation iPod shuffle#First generation
Sources: Apple press release library,[1] Mactracker Apple Inc. model database[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Apple Inc., Apple press release library, Retrieved September 19, 2007.
  2. Mactracker (mactracker.ca), Apple Inc. model database, version as of 26 July 2007.

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