The iPod got its first color display in October 2004 with the introduction of the iPod photo. The 2″ 16-bit higher resolution display made the new iPod a great way to share your photos on the go.
The iPod photo is a bit thicker than the 4G iPod and has better battery life – up to 15 hours of music vs. 12 hours on the earlier model. It also has video output via S-video to display images on TV.
In most other respects, its very similar to the black-and-white 4G iPod.
Unlike competing devices that used MP3 file compression, the iPod with iTunes was designed to use the superior AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) audio format in addition to MP3. AAC generally provides superior sound quality over MP3 at the same bit rate, especially at 96 kbps and lower sampling rates, as well as more efficient encoding, which means smaller files.
- Announced: 2004.10.26 at US$499 (40 GB) and $599 (60 GB), 30 GB added 2005.02 at $349 to replace 40 GB model.
- Included accessories: earbuds, AC adapter, USB 2.0 30-pin dock cables, iTunes CD
- Code name: P98
- Model number: A1099
- Product numbers:
- M9829, 30 GB
- M9585, 40 GB
- M9586, 60 GB
- CPUs: 2 ARM 7TDMI-derived CPUs running at variable speeds up to 80 MHz
- Audio chip: Audio Codecs developed by Wolfson Microelectronics
- Display: 2″ color 220 x 176 pixel LED-backlit LCD.
- Battery: 600 mAh lithium polymer
- Charge time: 5 hours max. (3 hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
- Play time: 15 hours
- Original OS: iPod OS 1.2
- Maximum OS: iPod OS 1.2.1
- iTunes Versions: iTunes 4.7 and later.
- Mac OS Required: OS X 10.2.8 or later for FireWire, 10.3.4 required for USB 2.0 support.
- Windows Versions Supported: 2000 SP4, XP Home or Professional SP 2 or later
Dimensions and Weight
- Dimensions: 4.1″ x 2.4″ x 0.63″ (20 GB) or 0.75″ (40 GB)
- Weight: 5.9 oz. (30 GB) or 6.4 oz. (40/60 GB)
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