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iPod Week – Day 1

Sunday, July 27th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Multimedia
 
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iPod Week – Day 1

Hello everyone! I’m sure there are several of you who own an iPod, right? They are such nifty gadgets that allow you to listen to music, view pictures, watch videos and so much more. Well, if you have one, you’re going to have a great week, because we’re featuring five straight days of fun, interesting and useful iPod tips!

We’re going to start today by exploring the history of the iPod, because it has changed so much since its original unveiling in October of 2001. Also, do you know exactly which iPod model you have? It’s important to know that, just in case you ever need to call technical support or look up information about it on the Internet. You can also use this guide to determine which generation you have. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the history of the iPod!

There are five families of the iPod: Classic, Mini, Nano, Shuffle and Touch. And we’ll be covering all of them today, so let’s get started!

iPod Classic (First Generation)
Capacity: 5, 10 GB
Release Date: October 23, 2001
Battery Life: 10 Hours of Audio
This was the first iPod to be released and it had a mechanical scroll wheel. As you can see, the buttons were located around the wheel. The 5 GB model was released first, followed by the 10 GB model. Also, the first generation model was only compatible with Mac computers.

iPod Classic (Second Generation)
Capacity: 10, 20 GB
Release Date: July 17, 2002
Battery Life: 10 Hours of Audio
The second generation model had more memory, allowing for 20 GB of music. The buttons were still placed around the wheel, however, the wheel was now touch sensitive. The Hold switch was also revised and this iPod was compatible with the Windows operating system, using the Musicmatch program.



iPod Classic (Third Generation)
Capacity: 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 GB
Release Date: April 28, 2003
Battery Life: 8 Hours of Audio
This redesigned system featured touch sensitive buttons placed above the touch wheel. The new model was also slimmer than the previous two models. Also, the Musicmatch program was dropped because of the release of iTunes 4.1 for Windows.



iPod Classic (Fourth Generation)
Capacity: 20, 40 GB
Release Date: July 19, 2004
Battery Life: 12 Hours of Audio
This 4 GB iPod was the first to feature the click wheel, which many of you are probably familiar with. This model features the menu options right on the scroll wheel.



iPod Classic (Photo)
Capacity: 30, 40, 60 GB
Release Date: October 26, 2004
Battery Life: 15 Hours of Audio, 5 Hours of Slideshow
This was the first iPod with the ability to show color. It also came with the option to display photos and album art, which is a staple feature for most iPods now.



iPod Classic (Fifth Generation)
Capacity: 30, 60, 80 GB
Release Date: October 12, 2005
Battery Life (30 GB): 14 Hours of Audio, 2 Hours of Video
Battery Life (60/80 GB): 20 Hours of Audio, 3/6.5 Hours of Video
This was the second full redesign and it came with slimmer casing and a larger screen. The ability to play videos was also introduced and this model was offered in both black and white.

iPod Classic (Sixth Generation)
Capacity: 80, 160 GB
Release Date: September 5, 2007
Battery Life (80 GB): 30 Hours of Audio, 5 Hours of Video
Battery Life (160 GB): 40 Hours of Audio, 7 Hours of Video
This 6 GB model featured a new interface with a split screen. Also, a new aluminum front plate was introduced, with a silver color replacing the traditional white.

iPod Mini (First Generation)
Capacity: 4 GB
Release Date: January 6, 2004
Battery Life: 8 Hours of Audio
The iPod Mini was a newer version of the iPod Classic, just in a miniature form. It was also available in five different colors and it was the first model to feature the click wheel.

iPod Mini (Second Generation)
Capacity: 4, 6 GB
Release Date: February 22, 2005
Battery Life: 18 Hours of Audio
The second generation of the iPod Mini was released a little over a year later. It featured brighter color variants and a much longer battery life. The gold color was discontinued and the click wheel lettering matched the body’s color. The iPod Mini was eventually replaced with the iPod Nano.

iPod Nano (First Generation)
Capacity: 1, 2, 4 GB
Release Date: September 7, 2005
Battery Life: 14 Hours of Audio, 4 Hours of Slideshow
As I said before, the iPod Nano replaced the iPod Mini. It was available in black and white and it used flash memory instead of a hard drive. It also had a color screen.

iPod Nano (Second Generation)
Capacity: 2, 4, 8 GB
Release Date: September 12, 2006
Battery Life: 24 Hours of Audio, 5 Hours of Slideshow
The second generation iPod Nano featured a hard aluminum casing similar to the iPod Mini. It was also available in six different colors.

iPod Nano (Third Generation)
Capacity: 4, 8 GB
Release Date: September 5, 2007
Battery Life: 24 Hours of Audio, 5 Hours of Video
This 3 GB model featured a two-inch wide screen and the ability to play videos. It was available in five different colors.

iPod Shuffle (First Generation)
Capacity: 512 MB, 1 GB
Release Date: January 11, 2005
Battery Life: 12 Hours of Audio
This model used flash memory, similar to a USB drive. It had five buttons, no click wheel and no screen.

iPod Shuffle (Second Generation)
Capacity: 512 MB, 1 GB
Release Date: September 12, 2006
Battery Life: 12 Hours of Audio
The 2 GB iPod Shuffle was a smaller clip design in an aluminum case. It was available in four different colors.

iPod Touch (First Generation)
Capacity: 8, 16, 32 GB
Release Date: September 5, 2007
Battery Life: 22 Hours of Audio, 5 Hours of Video
The latest version of the iPod is the iPod Touch. It offers several very impressive features, such as WiFi Internet, YouTube, the iTunes Store and much more. You can read all about it right here.

Whew, that was a long list! I hope you enjoyed it though. Now, go on and have some fun with your iPod. I’ll see you right back here tomorrow for the second day of iPod Week!

~ Neil Patel

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