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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 discontinued range of portable music players designed by the company Apple Inc. in California. 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 named the iPod Classic. This iPod was released on October 23, 2001. Apple Inc. made the iPod like this until September 9, 2014.

Apple made a smaller iPod called the iPod mini. It was much smaller than the iPod Classic, but did not hold as many songs. It used flash memory, a special kind of memory for very small electronics, instead of a hard drive. It was replaced by a version of the iPod called the iPod nano.

Another type of iPod, called the iPod shuffle, was very small, and it used flash memory, like the iPod mini but it had no screen. It was the least expensive iPod.

The most expensive iPod is called the iPod touch. It has a touch screen, like the iPhone. It's very similar to the iPhone, but it's not a smartphone. The first generation of iPod touch was released on September 5, 2007 and was discontinued on May 10, 2022.

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 2 million 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 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 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 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 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 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
sixth 8, 16 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
seventh 16 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 4 GB Reverted 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 4 GB Reverted 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 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 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 32, 64  GB Features Voice Control from iPhone 3GS. USB 9 September 2009 $299, $399, $499 Mac: 10.6
Win: XP/Vista/7
fourth 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 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
(PRODUCT)RED 2G iPod nano.

Timeline[change | change source]

Timeline of iPod models and related products

Apple Watch Series 7Apple Watch Series 6Apple Watch SEApple Watch Series 5Apple Watch Series 4Apple Watch Series 3Apple Watch Series 2Apple Watch Series 1Apple Watch (1st generation)Apple TV#6th generation (4K)Apple TV#5th generation (4K)Apple TV#4th generation (HD)Apple TV#3rd generationApple TV#2nd generationApple TV#1st generationiPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Mini (2021)iPad Mini (2019)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (2022)iPad Air (2020)iPad Air (2019)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (2021)iPad (2020)iPad (2019)iPad (2018)iPad (2017)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad 2iPad (1st generation)iPhone 5CiPhone SE (3rd generation)iPhone 13 ProiPhone 13iPhone 12 ProiPhone 12iPhone SE (2nd generation)iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11iPhone XRiPhone XSiPhone XiPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone SE (1st generation)iPhone 6SiPhone 6iPhone 5SiPhone 5iPhone 4SiPhone 4iPhone 3GSiPhone 3GiPhone (1st generation)iPod Touch#7th generationiPod Touch#6th generationiPod Touch#5th generationiPod Touch#4th generationiPod Touch#3rd generationiPod Touch#2nd generationiPod Touch#1st generationiPod Classic#6th generationiPod Classic#5th generationiPod Classic#iPod With Color Display)iPod PhotoiPod Classic#4th generationiPod Classic#3rd generationiPod Classic#2nd generationiPod Classic#1st generationiPod Nano#7th generationiPod Nano#6th generationiPod Nano#5th generationiPod Nano#4th generationiPod Nano#3rd generationiPod Nano#2nd generationiPod Nano#1st generationiPod MiniiPod MiniiPod Shuffle#4th generationiPod Shuffle#3rd generationiPod Shuffle#2nd generationiPod Shuffle#1st 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 July 26, 2007.

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