The iPhone gets an update annually.

But, the iPod touch has not had this same updating.

ipod 5

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Date of release: October 2005
Date of discontinuation: September 2007

It has been the same for the past few years when the 5th generation was released. This was a major step for the iPod Touch.

Every other model has been similar to the precursor. The iPhone shares similar features with it and while the 5th generation does have similarities it is distinctive. This is mostly due to the introduction of colored cases. In the past, it had only come with a black or white case. The 5th generation iPod was thinner and weight less than the iPhone. In fact, the unit was .85 ounces lighter than the iPhone and measured .06 inches thinner.

It expands on the iPod photo by allowing users to play videos on the color, 2.5 inch screen. It was originally available in two colors and had a click wheel with a flat shape rather than the rounded shape found on earlier iPods.

Initially, the models were capable of holding 30, 60 and 80 GB of content. The 60 GB was replaced by the 80 GB model in 2005. A special edition iPod was released when it launched. This was the 30-GB U2 model. At this point in time, they were sold at iTunes for use with iPod videos.




30 GB held 7,500 songs
60 GB held 15,000 songs
80 GB held 20,000 songs

Supported music formats were:


Devices also played Audible recorded books.

Supported photo formats included:


Video supported was H.264 and MPEG-4

Screen Dimensions:

2.5 inches
320 x 240 pixels

Unit Dimensions:

30 GB – 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.43 inches
60 and 80 GB – 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.55 inches


Dock Connector

Battery Life:

30 GB -14 hours
60 GB and 80 GB – 20 hours


30 GB -4.8 ounces
60 and 80 GB models – 5.5 ounces

Original Price

$299 – 30 GB Model
$349 – U2 30 GB Special Edition
$399 – 60 GB Model
$349 = 2006’s 80 GB Model

iPod Video Requirements

Mac: Mac OS X 10.3.9 plus – iTunes
Windows: 2000 or XP – iTunes

These players are all part of the historic line of iPods and iPods with video.

In 2007, Apple introduced the iPod touch.

first generation ipod

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Introduced: Oct. 2001
Released: Nov. 2001
Discontinued: July 2002

This first-generation smart device showed a huge shift and redesign of the original iPod. This iPod touch resembled the very popular and easy to use iPhone. In fact, it did not look like the iPod Nano or iPod Video, its predecessors at all. It is easy to see why the iPod touch became a very good choice for people who wanted the features of the iPhone without the actual phone.

Throughout its existence, the iPod touch has progressed from a fun and trendy way to listen to music to a useful and sometimes essential device. So much so, some decided to forgo the phone and use the iPod touch instead. Keep reading to see how the iPod has changed its design, software, and features with every new generation.

The first-generation iPod was known for its sleek design. The all white design was both modern and aesthetically pleasing. The scroll wheel housed the 4 buttons that controlled the device. On top is the menu button, then the forward, then the play/pause, then the backwards button. To select items, simply push the center button. This first-generation iPod could only be used with Mac 0S 9 or Mac 0S X 10.1.

The iPod was by far the most user-friendly MP3 device on the market. Because of this, and its design, it accumulated a quick following. The original iPod was a strong seller. Since the iTunes store did not yet exist, those who used this first iPod had to add music manually from their CDs or personal music library.

Apple was a relatively small company at the time.

A lot of its success came from the introduction of this MP3 device.

Two options: 5 GB held about 1000 songs and the 10 GB could hold 2000 songs.

Supported Audio Formats
MP3​, WAV, and AIFF

Only available in white

160 x 128 pixels, 2×2, gray-scale

Fire-wire Connection

Battery Life of 10 hours

Dimensions: 4.02 x 2.43 x 0.78 in

Weight: 6.5 ounces

Price in US Dollars

5GB for $399.00
10 GB for $499.00

Requirements: Mac OS-9, iTunes 2