Six Generations Of the iPod Classic

Introduced As the Introduction of the Sixth-Generation iPod Classic

  • To date, the iPod Classic have been six generations, as well as a spin-off (the iPod Photo) that was later re-integrated into the main Classic line.
  • The "Classic" retronym was introduced with the introduction of the sixth-generation iPod Classic on 5 September 2007. Prior to this, an iPod Classic was simply referred to as an iPod.
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  • First generation
  • On October 23 2001, Apple introduced the first-generation iPod. The first iPod had a black and white screen, it featured a 5 GB hard drive capable of storing 1,000 songs encoded using MP3. The iPod had a rated battery life of 10 hours. At that time it was priced at US$399. And the Apple introduced a 10 GB model of the first generation iPod for US$499 On March 20, 2002. Added the vCard compatibility as well, allowing iPods to display business card information synced from a Mac.
  • Second generation
  • On July 17, 2002 the second generation iPod was introduced. The second-generation class was available in 10 GB for US$399 and 20 GB for US$499. As the same style of the first generation, the hold switch was redesigned, a cover was added to the FireWire port, and the mechanical wheel was replaced with a touch-sensitive wheel. The front plate also had rounded corners and edges.
  • In December 2002, Apple unveiled its first limited edition iPods, with either Madonna's, Tony Hawk's, or Beck's signature or No Doubt's band logo engraved on the back for an extra US$50.
  • Third generation
  • Apple announced a completely redesigned third-generation iPod On April 18, 2003. Thinner than the previous models, the third generation models replaced the FireWire port with a new Dock Connector and introduced the Touch Wheel, a completely non-mechanical interface with the four auxiliary buttons located in a row between the screen and the touch wheel. The front plate had rounded edges, and the rear casing was slightly rounded as well. A 10 GB model was sold for US$299, a 15 GB model for US$399, and a 30 GB model for US$499.
  • On September 8, 2003, the 15 GB model was replaced by a 20 GB model and the 30 GB model was upgraded to 40 GB. The Windows-based Musicmatch software was obsolesced and replaced by iTunes 4.1, the first version available for Microsoft Windows.
  • Fourth generation
  • The fourth-generation iPod announced on July 19, 2004, replaced the touch wheel from the third generation with the Click Wheel from the iPod Mini, putting the four auxiliary buttons underneath a touch-sensitive scroll wheel. While a dock, carrying case, and wired remote were previously included with higher-end iPods, the higher-level 40GB iPod only came with a dock, Sennheiser-iPod earphones and an interchangeable proprietary cable capable of USB and FireWire interface. In addition, using the iPod Mini's Click Wheel, the fourth generation Classic used the more energy-efficient components of the Mini, allowing the fourth generation iPod to over 12 hours of battery life while using the same battery as its predecessor. Pricing was reduced and the lineup was simplified, as the 20 GB model was sold for US$299 and the 40 GB model for US$399.
  • A special U2 edition was announced on October 26, 2004, to cross-market U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb album. With 30 GB and the signatures of all four members of U2, the special edition iPod was priced at US$349 and also included a US$50 coupon for a US$149 collection of U2's entire back catalog.
  • On September 7, 2005 a Special Harry Potter Edition was announced. It was released in conjunction with the Harry Potter Audiobooks in iTunes. It had a Hogwarts logo engraved on the back, and all 6 Harry Potter Audiobooks which were available at the time preloaded.
  • Fifth generation
  • The fifth generation iPod was introduced on October 12, 2005, shortly after the introduction of the iPod Nano. The fifth generation iPod featured a 2.5" 320x240 QVGA screen and a smaller Click Wheel.
  • The fifth generation iPod is the first iPod Classic to be available in an alternative color scheme in a non-special edition form, as a black option was added alongside "Signature iPod White", and marked the second full redesign of the iPod's aesthetic with its re-arranged proportions, its return to a fully flat front plate, and its more rounded rear casing. The 4-pin remote port was removed as well, causing backwards accessory compatibility issues. A 30 GB model was offered for US$299 and a 60 GB model was offered for US$399. The 5G iPod was also offered in the U2 special edition for US$349 with 30 GB.
  • Videos or photo slideshows may be played from the fifth generation iPod on a television set, projector or monitor with the use of the Apple iPod AV cable or via a dock using an S-Video cable. It is also possible to do this using some camcorder cables.
  • The fifth generation iPod was updated on September 12, 2006. This update included a brighter screen, a search feature, gapless playback, support for iPod games, and newly designed earphones. And just need a free iPod video converter to convert video formats to play.
  • Sixth generation
  • During a special iPod-centric event on September 5, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the sixth generation iPod and the retronym suffix "Classic". Featuring slightly thinner bodies, the sixth generation Classic also sported dramatically improved battery life, It could play music 40 hours, and 7 hours of videos. The front plate of the iPod is now made of anodized aluminium instead of polycarbonate plastic, and "Signature iPod White" has been replaced by silver. The sixth generation Classic also introduced a completely overhauled user interface, incorporating more graphics and Cover Flow. The sixth generation Classic was offered in an 80 GB (20,000 songs) model for MSRP US$249/GBP£159 and a 160 GB (40,000 songs) model for MSRP US$349/GBP£229.
  • During the Let's Rock Apple Event on September 9, 2008, the 80 GB and the thicker 160 GB model were discontinued in favor of a thin 120 GB version retailing for US$249/GBP£179.
  • Apple have admitted that there is a problem with 5th generation iPods as of May 2009, and have a policy of repairing or issuing suitable replacements.