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iPod plays without skipping a beat.

With its 1000-song capacity, 10-hr battery, 6.5-oz weight and industry-leading skip protection, iPod significantly improves the quality of the digital lifestyle.

Holds the contents of 100 CDs
CD Stack Small though it is, iPod has a hefty 5GB hard disk drive. The number of songs it holds depends on the compression rate you choose for your songs. At a 160Kbps compression rate (the default setting for encoding MP3s in iTunes), 5GB equals approximately 1,000 songs, or about 100 CDs. At lower-quality 128 Kbps — the most common compression rate used for MP3s — 5GB is equivalent to approximately 1,300 songs, or about 130 CDs. Who knows, you might also find yourself storing documents, files and applications on your iPod in FireWire disk mode.

Don’t skip it
With an industry-leading 20 minutes of skip protection, iPod keeps playing without missing a beat. In addition to its 5GB hard drive, iPod has a 32MB memory cache. The cache is made up of solid-state memory, meaning that it has no mechanical or moving parts, so it’s not affected by movement of the device. iPod skip protection works by continually preloading up to 20 minutes of music into the cache.

Fast-charge battery
Battery icon iPod’s rechargeable lithium polymer battery gives you 10 hours of continuous playback, so your music keeps going and going and going. In a hurry to get it recharged? You can fast-charge the battery to 80% of capacity in an hour, and get it fully recharged in three hours. Best of all, FireWire charges your iPod battery whenever it’s connected to your Mac so iPod automatically charges while you’re transferring your music.

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Technical Specifications

5GB hard disk drive (1)
—  Holds up to 1,000 songs in 160-Kbps MP3 format (2)
—  Stores data in FireWire disk mode

Size and weight
Height: 4.02 inches (102 mm)
Width: 2.43 inches (61.8 mm)
Depth: 0.78 inches (19.9 mm)
Weight: 6.5 ounces (185 g)

Customizable settings
Repeat one or all
Startup volume
Sleep timer
Backlight timer
Display contrast
Languages: English, French, German, Japanese

Multilingual Support
iPod is multilingual
iPod supports English, French, German and Japanese, and can even display different languages simultaneously. So you can view French songs (with native language information tags) alongside German, Japanese and American ones.

Up to 20 minutes of skip protection
Maximum output power: 60 mW rms (30 mW per channel)
Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
Audio formats supported: MP3 (up to 320 Kbps), MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR), WAV, AIFF
Upgradable firmware enables support for future audio formats

Earbud-style headphones with 18-mm drivers using Neodymium transducer magnets
Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
Impedance: 32 ohms
Sensitivity: 104-dB sound pressure level at 1 mW

Input and output
FireWire (IEEE 1394a) port
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

2-inch (diagonal) liquid crystal display with white LED backlight
160-by-128-pixel resolution, 0.24-mm dot pitch
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Included accessories
iPod earbud-style headphones
Apple FireWire Cable (2 m)
Apple iPod Power Adapter
iPod also includes a CD-ROM with iTunes 2 software and electronic documentation, a getting started guide, and a 90-day limited warranty.

Environmental requirements
Operating temperature: 32° to 113° F (0° to 45° C)
Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 158° F (-20° to 70° C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Power and battery
Built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery (1200 mAh)
Playtime: 10 hours when fully charged
Charges via FireWire connector to Mac system(6) or power adapter
—  Fast-charge time: up to 1 hour (charges to 80% of battery capacity)
—  Full-charge time: up to 3 hours

Power adapter
6-pin FireWire connector
AC input: 100V to 240V at 0.4 amp maximum
Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
DC output: 12V at 1 amp maximum

Apple computer with built-in FireWire port
Mac OS 9.2.1 (or later) or Mac OS X v10.1 (or later)
iTunes 2 software (included)

PDFiPod Data Sheet


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Other Options
Apple FireWire Cable (0.5 m) M8633G/A Apple iPod Power Adapter with FireWire Cable (2 m) M8636LL/A
Apple FireWire Cable (2 m) M8634G/A  

(1) 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
(2) Capacity based on an average song length of 4 minutes and 160-Kbps encoding.
(3) Battery life may vary according to use.
(4) iPod and iTunes are for legal or rightholder-authorized copying only. Don't steal music.
(5) Actual rates will vary.
(6) iPod automatically charges whenever you’re connected and your Mac is on.

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