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iPod® Generations Chart

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Ralph Graves

Ralph Graves is one of Crutchfield's blog editors, and part of the company's social media team. He writes about home audio/video gear, specializing in Apple-related and wireless technologies. Ralph holds a master's degree in music composition, and his works have been released on various labels. He's served as product manager for an independent classical and world music label, produced several recordings, and worked extensively in public broadcasting. Since 1984 he's hosted a weekly classical music program on WTJU, and is also active as a blogger and podcaster.

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Apple first introduced the iPod back in 2001, and since then this single versatile device has grown into an entire family of digital music and video players. The original iPod was the "first generation" model. Subsequent versions have been referred to as "second generation" (2G), "third generation" (3G), and so on.

Once memory capacity started being measured in gigabytes — abbreviated "GB" — determining which iPod you had could be confusing. For example, you might have a 4G 20GB iPod, or a 2G 4GB iPod shuffle.

So we've created this handy chart to help you identify exactly which iPod you have. Note that not every iteration was considered a new generation. The fourth generation iPod, for example, initially had a black and white screen, then was re-released with a color screen. Both versions are considered 4G iPods. We've also noted some of the major changes for each model in the chart to further help you with identification.

iPod Generation Designation Key Features Memory
Capacity
When available
on the market
iPod 1G First iPod n/a 5GB
10GB
October 2001 -
March, 2003
iPod 2G Second 2G iPod Touch-sensitive
Navigation wheel,
Expanded memory
10GB
20GB
June, 2002 -
March, 2003
iPod 3G Third Docking
iPod
30-pin dock connector,
Navigation buttons
Expanded memory
10GB
15GB
20GB
30GB
40GB
June, 2002 -
March, 2003
iPod 3G Third 3G iPod Click wheel navigation
20GB
40GB
April, 2003 -
June, 2004
iPod 3G Fourth iPod photo Image display,
Expanded memory
30GB
40GB
60GB
October, 2004 -
June, 2005
iPod 4G color screen Fourth iPod photo Color screen,
Displays photos
20GB
60GB
June, 2005 -
September, 2005
iPod 5G Fifth 5G iPod Plays videos,
Larger screen,
Expanded memory,
Available in black or white

30GB
60GB
80GB

October, 2005 -
September, 2007
iPod classic Sixth iPod classic Expanded memory,
aluminum casing,
Available in black or silver
80GB
120GB
160GB
September 2007 -
present

iPod mini Generation Designation Key Features Memory
Capacity
When Available
on the Market
iPod mini 1G First iPod mini Available in silver, gold,
green, blue, pink
4GB January, 2004 -
February, 2005
iPod mini 2G Second 2G iPod mini Expanded memory
Available in silver, gold, pink,
green, blue
4GB
8GB
February, 2005 -
August, 2006


iPod nano Generation Designation Key Features Memory
Capacity
When Available
on the Market
iPod mini 1G First iPod nano iAvailable in black or white 1GB
2GB
4GB
September 2005 -
September 2006
iPod nano 2G Second 2G iPod nano Aluminum finish,
Available in blue, pink,
silver, green, black
2GB
4GB
8GB
September 2006 -
September 2007
iPod nano 3G Third 3G iPod nano Plays videos,
4GB available in silver,
8GB available in silver,
black, light blue,
light green
4GB
8GB
September 2007 -
September 2008
iPod nano 4G Fourth 4G iPod nano Curved screen,
FM tuner,
Available in silver, black,
purple, blue, green,
yellow, orange, pink
8GB
16GB
September 2008 -
September 2009
iPod nano 5G Fifth 5G iPod nano Expanded screensize,
FM radio,  with Live Pause
Camera,
Available in silver, black,
purple, blue, green,
orange, pink
8GB
16GB
September 2009 -
September 2010
iPod nano 6G Sixth 6G iPod nano Smaller form,
No video playback,
No speakers,
No camera,
Voice command
8GB
16GB
September 2010 -
September 2012
iPod nano 7G Seventh 7G iPod nano

Larger screen,
Video playback,
Bluetooth,
FM Radio,
redesigned EarPod heaphones,
redesigned Lightning connector

16GB September 2012 -
present

iPod shuffle Generation Designation Key Features Memory
Capacity
When Available
on the Market
iPod shuffle 1G First iPod shuffle Flash memory 512MB
1GB
January 2005 -
September 2006
iPod shuffle 2G Second 2G iPod shuffle Smaller form,
Expanded memory,
Aluminum casing,
Available in silver, green,
pink, orange, blue
1GB
2GB
January 2006 -
March, 2009
iPod shuffle 3G Third 3G iPod shuffle Taller form,
No navigation wheel,
Available in sliver, black,
blue, green, pink
2GB
4GB
March 2009 -
September 2010
iPod shuffle 4G Fourth 4G iPod shuffle Smaller form,
Navigation wheel,
VoiceOver command,
Available in black, silver,
purple, red, yellow,
green, blue
2GB September 2010 -
present

iPod touch Generation Designation Key Features Memory
Capacity
When Available
on the Market
iPod touch 1G First iPod touch Multi-touch screen,
Wi-Fi capability
8GB
16GB
32GB
September 2007 -
September 2008
iPod touch 2G Second 2G iPod touch Chrome back,
Built-in speaker
8GB
16GB
32GB
64GB
September 2008 -
September 2009
iPod touch 3G Third 3G iPod touch Voice Control,
in-line remote earbuds
32GB
64GB
September 2009 -
September 2010
iPod touch 4G Fourth 4G iPod touch Front and back cameras,
FaceTime,
Retina display screen,
Available in black or white
8GB
16GB
32GB
64GB
September 2010 -
September 2012
iPod touch 5G Fifth 5G iPod touch Expanded screen,
Siri voice command,
3 speakers
(front, right, and bottom),
Aluminum and glass casing,
redesigned EarPod headphones,
redesigned Lightning connector
Available in black, white, blue,
pink, yellow
16GB
32GB
64GB
September 2012 -
present

  • Mike from Purcellville

    Posted on 7/26/2015 6:04:58 PM

    Why is my 5th gen Nano iPod screen keep going dark or black?

  • Zack Bernhardt from Newport News Va.

    Posted on 8/15/2015 5:53:55 PM

    How do I tell what the memory is, 8 or 16 GB in my iPod Nano 5th gen.

  • Ralph Graves from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/18/2015 10:55:50 AM

    Zach:
    The easiest way to determine memory size is to synch your iPod® with iTunes®. Select the listing for your synching player in the left navigation bar. You should see a status bar at the bottom of the iTunes window showing how much total memory you have on your player, and how much of it is currently in use.

  • Ian

    Posted on 8/18/2015 5:57:13 PM

    Why did Apple not put a lens on the back of my fifth generation iPod® touch? :)

  • hannah

    Posted on 3/2/2016 9:08:27 PM

    to mike - it's probably since it's old and wan't built to last this long either that or you have a bad battery Congrats on managing to keep it this long.

  • Michael Sasso from Gotha

    Posted on 3/20/2016 7:59:06 PM

    The latest iPod Touch is 6th generation, released on July 15, 2015.

  • Pinkfloydthegr8

    Posted on 4/4/2016 6:11:03 AM

    You guys should really go into detail about the different DAC's Used in each generation, and the op amps and other relevant technical information if you want this article to really help your higher end clientele make a selection between these. It's all about how they sound which is definitely not the same, not just How much they hold and how they look. Good article however as is. :)

  • KMC1 from Chaska

    Posted on 4/6/2016 8:44:27 PM

    This incorrect! Unless the original Ipod was not considered an "Ipod" because it was made by HP? THE FIRST HAD BUTTONS ON THE BOTTOM AND THEY LIT UP RED

  • Brooks Davis from Houston

    Posted on 4/18/2016 7:59:05 AM

    Mike from Purceville, your ipod battery is bad. Ask me how I know...personal experience with my heavily used ipod 5th generation. Order a replacement battery ( must get the right ipod model !) from wherever , go to you tube and watch how to do it yourself using a guitar pick or one of those eyeglass small screwdrivers. I did it myself in 10 minutes, the battery was less than 10 bucks.

  • jim from homer glen

    Posted on 4/19/2016 9:32:27 PM

    can you hook up the 4th gen ipod shuffle to play in your car stereo? I plugged it in with the usb and the car head unit displays error 7

  • Diana from Hueytown, AL

    Posted on 5/16/2016 5:52:37 PM

    Have an older iPod but not sure if it's a 2nd or 3rd generation. It is 64GB and has a silver back but no camera or radio. Still plays great but battery is about gone. How can I find out which generation?