iPod classic Explained

iPod classic
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The Apple iPod Classic (6th Generation) stands as an iconic portable MP3 player that left an indelible mark during its tenure from 2007 to 2008. Part of the revered iPod series, it debuted on September 5, 2007, with a starting price of $249.

This iteration of the iPod Classic boasted a robust storage capacity of either 80 GB or 160 GB, capable of accommodating an extensive array of media including music, photos, videos, podcasts, and games. With storage for up to 40,000 songs or 200 hours of video, it offered unparalleled convenience for music enthusiasts on the go.

Aesthetically, the iPod Classic embraced a sleek design, featuring an all-metal enclosure that exuded elegance and durability. The introduction of Cover Flow and an enhanced user interface further enhanced the user experience, making navigation seamless and intuitive.

Steve Jobs, the visionary CEO of Apple at the time, encapsulated the essence of the iPod Classic, proclaiming, “The first iPod put 1,000 songs in your pocket—this new iPod Classic can put 40,000 songs in your pocket.” With its thinner profile and enhanced functionality, the iPod Classic epitomized the desire to carry one’s entire music library effortlessly.

iPod classic 6th Gen
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The iPod Classic seamlessly integrated with iTunes, allowing users to import, manage, and sync their favorite content with ease. The iTunes Store provided access to a vast library of music, videos, and games, with over six million songs available for preview and purchase.

With up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback (160 GB model), or 30 hours of music and five hours of video (80 GB model) on a single charge, the iPod Classic ensured uninterrupted entertainment wherever you went. It catered to diverse preferences, supporting music, audiobooks, podcasts, music videos, TV shows, and movies.

Beyond music playback, the iPod Classic offered a diverse range of entertainment options, including pre-loaded games such as iQuiz, Vortex, and Klondike. Additional games were available for purchase from the iTunes Store, ensuring endless amusement for users.

As a testament to its popularity, the iPod Classic contributed to the unprecedented success of the iPod family, with over 100 million units sold worldwide. Its legacy lives on, cherished by enthusiasts who appreciate its timeless design and functionality.

The iPod Classic featured a 2.5-inch color QVGA white LED-backlit LCD screen, a Click Wheel for intuitive navigation, and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Its robust design included a Dock Connector for charging and syncing, ensuring seamless connectivity with other devices.

iPod classic
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Regrettably, the iPod Classic was discontinued on September 9, 2008, marking the end of an era. However, its impact resonates to this day, as it continues to hold a special place in the hearts of music aficionados worldwide.

Today, the iPod Classic commemorates its 16-year anniversary, serving as a poignant reminder of its enduring legacy and the transformative role it played in revolutionizing the digital music landscape.

iPod classic
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iPod classic Details

IntroducedSeptember 5, 2007 – 16 years ago
DiscontinuedSeptember 9, 2008 – 15 years ago
Time on the Market12 months (1 year)
Model NumberA1228
EMC2173
Order NumberMB029LL/A (80 GB Silver)
MB147LL/A (80 GB Black)
MB145LL/A (160 GB Silver)
MB150LL/A (160 GB Black)
Original Price$249 (80 GB)
$349 (160 GB)
ColorsWhite
Black
Weight4.9 oz. – 138 Grams (80 GB)
5.7 oz. – 161 Grams (160 GB)
Dimensions4.1” H x 2.4” W x 0.41” – 0.53″ D
10.41 cm H x 6.09 cm W x 1.04 – 1.34 cm D

iPod classic Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorSamsung ARM-based chip
Processor SpeedUnknown
ArchitectureUnknown
Number of Cores1
CacheUnknown

Storage

Storage80 GB
160 GB

Display

Built-in Display2.5″ 260,000-color QVGA LCD Display with white LED-backlit
Resolutions320 x 240 pixels
Pixel Density163 ppi

Media

Audio FormatsAAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
Protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps)
MP3 VBR
Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
Apple Lossless
WAV
AIFF
Photo FormatsJPEG
BMP
GIF
TIFF
PNG
PSD (Mac only)
Video FormatsH.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec.,
Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per sec.,
Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per sec.,
Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Connections

Ports1 – 30-pin Dock Connector
1 – 3.5-mm stereo jack, composite video, and audio through minijack
CameraNone

Controls

ControlsPlay/Pause
Next title
Previous title
Menu
Hold
Click wheel

Software

Maximum OS1.1.2
iTunesiTunes 7.4 or later
System RequirementsMac OS X 10.4.8 or later
Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
Windows Vista or later

Accessories

AccessoriesEarbud headphones
Case
USB cable
Dock Adapter

Power

BatteryBuilt-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery CapacityUnknown
Battery LifeUp to 30 hours of music (80 GB)
Up to 40 hours of music (160 GB)
Up to 5 hours of video (80 GB)
Up to 7 hours of video (160 GB)
Charge TimeUp to 4 hours
2 hours to 80% capacity
PowerCharging via FireWire, USB 2.0, or power adapter

iPod classic Introduction Video

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