5.5G U2 iPod

The 5G iPod was updated with a brighter screen, improved video playback time, and a larger hard drive on 2006.09.12. The U2 Special Edition was updated at the same time, also receiving a $50 price reduction.

iPod U2 Special Edition

The U2 Special Edition only came in a 30 GB configuration, and it included a coupon for a U2 video download from the iTunes Store. Unique to this model is a black metal back.

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.

Hardware Overview


  • Announced: 2006.09.12 at US$279
  • Included accessories: earbuds, USB 2.0 30-pin dock cable, dock adapter, iTunes CD
  • Code name: none
  • Model number: A1136
  • Product number:


  • CPUs: 2 ARM 7TDMI-derived CPUs running at variable speeds up to 80 MHz
  • Audio chip: Audio Codecs developed by Wolfson Microelectronics
  • Display: 2.5″ color 320 x 240 pixel (QVGA) 16-bit LED-backlit LCD.
  • Battery: lithium ion
  • Charge time: about 4 hours (2 hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
  • Play time: 14 hours music, 4 hours slideshow, 3.5 hours video


  • Original OS: iPod video OS 1.0
  • Maximum OS: iPod video OS 1.3
  • iTunes Versions: iTunes 7.0 and later.
  • Mac OS Required: OS X 10.3.9 or later
  • Windows Versions Supported: 2000 SP4, XP Home or Professional SP 2 or later

Dimensions and Weight

  • Dimensions: 4.1″ x 2.4″ x 0.43″
  • Weight: 4.8 oz.

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