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Definition: iPod versions

Following are all the Apple music player models. iPods were extremely popular prior to the iPhone, which has all the iPod functionality built in. The last model was the iPod touch, which was discontinued in 2022.


 fl=flash memory  hd=hard disk
 mono=monochrome black on white screen

                 Color    GBytes
 Model           Screen   Storage

 touch (7g)      4"       fl 32-256
 touch (6g)      4"       fl 32-128
 touch (5g)      4"       fl 8-64
 touch (4g)      3.5"     fl 8-64
 touch (3g)      3.5"     fl 8-64
 touch (2g)      3.5"     fl 8-16-32
 touch (1g)      3.5"     fl 8-16-32
 See iPod touch.

 classic (6g)    2.5"     hd 160
 classic (5g)    2.5"     hd 160
 classic (5g)    2.5"     hd 80
 classic (5g)    2.5"     hd 60
 classic (5g)    2.5"     hd 30
 iPod U2 (4g)    2"       hd 20
 iPod Photo (4g) 2"       hd 30-60
 classic (4g)    2"       hd 20-60
 classic (1-3g)  2" mono  hd 5-40
 See iPod classic.

 nano (7g)       2.5"     fl 16
 nano (6g)       2.2"     fl 8-16
 nano (5g)       2.2"     fl 8-16
 nano (4g)       2"       fl 8-16
 nano (3g)       2"       fl 4-8
 nano (2g)       1.5"     fl 2-4-8
 nano (1g)       1.5"     fl 1-2-4
 See iPod nano.

 shuffle (5g)    none     fl 2
 shuffle (4g)    none     fl 2
 shuffle (3g)    none     fl 2-4
 shuffle (2g)    none     fl 1-2
 shuffle (1g)    none     fl .5-1
 See iPod shuffle.

 Mini            1.7" mono  hd 4-6
 See iPod Mini.

Final Model - 7th Generation (2019)
The last iPod touch had the same cameras (720p and 1080p) and Wi-Fi (802.11ac) as the 6G. However, the 7G touch is faster with Apple's A10 Fusion chip versus the A8 and twice the RAM (2GB). The 7G also supports the latest iOS version.

A More Powerful 6G (2015)
The 6G touch featured Apple's music service (see Apple Music), new colors, an enhanced camera, Bluetooth 4.1, the same A8 chip as the iPhone 6 and more RAM. Boosting speed to roughly 85% of the iPhone 6, the 6G touch was better for gaming and graphics than the 5G touch. See Siri.

5G touch - Like the iPhone 5 (2012)
The 5G touch bumped the screen from 3.5" to a 4" Retina Display like the iPhone 5. It also included an improved camera and higher resolution (from 720 to 1080 lines). Siri was added.

Dual Cameras in the 4G (2010)
The 4th-generation touch made a big splash by adding front and rear cameras for stills, HD video recording and FaceTime. See iPhone 4.

1G, 2G, 3G (2007, 2008, 2009)
The first models were similar to the iPhones of the era with small, low-resolution screens (3.5", 320 lines). During this time, the iPhone was making its first huge splash in the market.