Original iPod mini

Apple introduced the compact iPod mini at Macworld Expo in January 2004. The iPod mini incorporates a click wheel, which eliminated the need for 4 separate control buttons and allowed Apple to make a more compact music player.

original iPod mini

To protect its minuscule 1.0″ hard drive, the iPod mini was built of aluminum.

The 4 GB iPod mini was available in five colors: silver, gold, blue, pink, and green. It uses the same dock connector introduced with the 3G iPod.

The iPod mini was the first iPod able to charge using USB 2.0. It was the only iPod mini model to ship with a FireWire cable.

Hardware Overview


  • Announced 2004.01.06 at US$249, available 2004.02.20. Replaced by 2G iPod mini 2005.02.23.
  • Included accessories: earbuds, belt clip, AC adapter, FireWire and USB 2.0 30-pin dock cables, iTunes CD
  • Code name: Q22
  • Model number: A1051
  • Product numbers:
    • silver, M9160
    • gold, M9437
    • blue, M9436
    • pink, M9435
    • green, M9434


  • CPUs: 2 ARM 7TDMI-derived CPUs running at variable speeds up to 80 MHz
  • Audio chip: Audio Codecs developed by Wolfson Microelectronics
  • Display: 1.67″ 138 x 110 pixel LED-backlit LCD.
  • Battery: 400 mAh lithium polymer
  • Charge time: 3 hours max. (1 hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
  • Play time: 8 hours


  • Original OS: iPod mini OS 1.0
  • Maximum OS: iPod mini OS 1.4.1
  • iTunes Versions: iTunes 4.2 and later.
  • Mac OS Required: OS X 10.1.5 or later, 10.3 or later recommended. 10.3.4 required for USB 2.0 support.
  • Windows Versions Supported: 2000 SP4, XP Home or Professional

Dimensions and Weight

  • Dimensions: 3.6″ x 2.0″ x 0.5″
  • Weight: 3.6 oz.

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