Music Management Software
Compatibility: This 20GB Apple
iPod is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. See System
Requirements section below for minimum requirements.
Storage Capacity: This iPod has
a built-in 20GB hard drive, capable of storing over 5,000 songs (4-minute song
average--recorded in AAC format at 128 kbps). In addition to storing audio, you
can use the hard drive to store data files as well.
Audio Formats: The iPod
supports the following audio formats: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320
Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless, and WAV. When you import music
from a CD using iTunes, it is converted to AAC format by default.
Note: If you are using
iTunes 4.5 or later on a Windows PC, you can convert non-protected WMA
files to AAC or MP3 format.
Display: The grayscale liquid
crystal display measures 2" diagonally with 160 x 128 pixel resolution, 0.24mm
dot pitch, and blue-white LED backlight. In the Settings menu, you can adjust
the screen contrast.
Backlighting: The display's
blue-white LED backlight illuminates the LCD screen for a selectable amount of
time each time a button is pressed. The backlight timer can be set for 2, 5, 10
or 20 seconds, always on, or off.
Skip Protection: In addition to
the hard drive, the iPod has a memory cache. Since it is solid state, there are
no moving parts, so it is not affected by movement. The memory preloads up to 25
minutes of music to the cache at a time, and the iPod plays the music from the
cache instead of the hard drive. The 25 minutes of skip protection is nearly
twice the amount found in other hard-drive-based MP3 players.
Controls: The iPod's
touch-sensitive controls are located on the front of the unit. There is an iPod
Click Wheel, which gives you the enhanced durability and sensitivity of the iPod
Touch Wheel, with buttons underneath. There are 3 Playback Mode buttons
(Play/Pause, Previous/Rewind, Next/Fast-forward) and a Menu button located under
the Click Wheel. The Select button is located in the center of the Click Wheel.
The Click Wheel and Select button allow you to navigate through menus and song
lists, highlight the desired selection, and select the item. To avoid unwanted
actions due to accidental button pressing, you can disable the iPod's buttons
with the top-mounted hold button.
Playback Functions: You can set
the iPod to repeat one song over and over, or repeat all songs in the list
(album or playlist) from which the song was selected. You can also have the iPod
shuffle songs or albums. When set to shuffle songs, it plays all the songs at
random from the list the song was selected. When set to shuffle albums, it plays
all the songs on an album in order, then randomly selects another album and
plays it through in order. During Shuffle play, the songs do not repeat until
all songs have been played.
Optional iPod Dock: The
optional iPod Dock holds the iPod upright as it charges or transfers music. The
iPod cable attaches the iPod Dock to the power adapter or to your computer. In
addition, the iPod Dock has a 3.5mm minijack stereo line output for connecting
the iPod to a home stereo or external powered speakers.
Note: Since this iPod
is thinner than previous models, it will not work with older iPod docks.
On-The-Go Playlists: You can
program the iPod to play the songs you want in the order you want. The songs are
queued in the On-The-Go playlist. In addition to individual songs, you can queue
entire lists of songs (albums) in the On-The-Go playlist. There is no limit to
the number of selections you can put in the On-The-Go playlist.
Equalizer: The iPod's built-in
equalizer has 22 EQ presets to change the sound to suit a particular music genre
or style. The presets include: Acoustic, Bass Booster, Bass Reducer, Classical,
Dance, Deep, Electronic, Flat, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Loudness, Lounge, Piano,
Pop, R&B, Rock, Small Speakers, Spoken Word, Treble Booster, Treble Reducer,
Vocal Booster, and Off.
Headphones: The iPod comes
equipped with earbud-style headphones with 18mm drivers using Neodymium magnets.
If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm miniplug.
Clock Functions: The iPod has
an internal clock with time/date settings, a calendar, an alarm clock and sleep
timer. The calendar can be advanced a day at a time or a month at a time. The
alarm clock can be set to any minute up to 24 hours in advance. The sleep timer
can be set to automatically turn off the unit in 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Contacts/Calendar Events: When
using a Mac with OS X v10.2.8 or later and iSync, you can import contact
information (name, address, phone, e-mail, etc.) or calendar events
(appointments, to do lists, etc) automatically into the iPod for use on the go.
Note Reader: The iPod has a
built-in note reader that lets you download text-based information and read it
on the screen.
Games: In addition to enjoying
music and books, you can play one of four pre-loaded games on your iPod. The
games that are available include Brick, Music Quiz, Parachute, and Solitaire.
Computer Interfaces: The iPod
can be connected to your computer via 4-pin or 6-pin FireWire (also called IEEE
1394 or i.LINK), or by USB 2.0 or 1.1. The unit comes equipped with cables both
with the proprietary iPod dock connector on one end and a 6-pin FireWire and a
Type A USB connector on the other end.
Note: This unit does
not include a 4-pin to 6-pin FireWire adapter.
Power Requirements: The iPod
has a built-in rechargeable, non-removable, lithium ion battery. You can charge
the iPod by placing it in an optional iPod Dock, or plug it directly into the
power adapter via the iPod Dock Connector to FireWire cable. When fully charged,
the battery provides approximately 12 hours of playback time, and about 4 weeks
standby time. It charges via the FireWire connector when connected to a
compatible computer system or the supplied power adapter. The battery charges up
to 80% of capacity in 2 hours and fully charges in 4 hours. A battery life
indicator appears at the top of the display. You can also operate the unit while
it's connected to the power adapter.
Note: All Macintosh
computers and some Windows PC computers with 6-pin FireWire ports can
charge the iPod through the FireWire cable.
- Frequency Response: 20Hz
- Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Operating Temperature: 32°
- Maximum Operating Altitude:
Music Management Software
iTunes: The supplied CD-ROM
software provides iTunes 4.6 music management software for Mac and Windows
users. This software allows you to organize and manage your music and audio
downloads. With the software, you can buy music and audio books from the iTunes
Music Store, create your own custom audio or data CDs, import tracks in AAC,
rate tracks and sort your library based on ratings, create mixes automatically
with Smart Playlists, share playlists with other users, play audio books, or
learn a foreign language. With iTunes 4.6 and an AirPort Express Base Station,
you can stream music wirelessly from your Mac or PC to your home stereo or
Volume Levels: iTunes can
adjust the volume of songs automatically, so they play at the same relative
Audio Books: In addition to
music, you can download audio books from the iTunes Music Store (approximately
5,000 titles), or from Audible.com, an independent website with over 18,000
titles. The iPod will keep track of where you left off when you listened last
like a virtual bookmark, and when you sync up with iTunes, the bookmark will
continually update between the iPod and iTunes. You can also set the speed at
which the audio book is played back.
High-Speed Transfers: Transfer
time varies depending upon how much music you want to transfer from your
computer to your iPod. With its FireWire connection, iPod can transfer data at
up to 400 MB per second (Mbps), allowing you to transfer an entire CD in as
little as 5 seconds. When you connect the iPod to your computer via FireWire, it
not only syncs quickly, it charges itself in the process. If your Windows-based
PC doesn't have a FireWire port, you can connect the iPod using USB 2.0, which
transfers data at up to 480 Mbps.
Note: Although the iPod
is compatible with USB 1.1, data transfer speeds are much slower.
Auto-Synching: Each time you
connect the iPod to your computer, the unit's Auto-Synch feature automatically
updates it with any changes made to the iTunes program on your computer,
including any new music purchased at the iTunes Music Store.
Song Ratings: You can assign a
rating to a song from 1 to 5 stars to indicate how much you like it. Song
ratings can be used to help you create playlists automatically in iTunes.
Smart Playlists: You can create
customized Smart Playlists from the songs stored in your music library. Smart
Playlists can include only certain genres of music, songs by certain artists, or
songs that match particular criteria, such as songs rated 3 stars or higher or a
playlist that's no more than 3 GB in size. After the Smart Playlist is created,
any songs you import that meet the Smart Playlist criteria will be automatically
added to the Smart Playlist.
Minimum Requirements for Macintosh:
To use iPod with a Macintosh, you must have the following:
- Macintosh with a built-in
FireWire (IEEE 1394/i.LINK) port or USB 2.0
- Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS
X v10.3.4 or later is required to use iPod with USB 2.0
- iTunes 4.6 (included on the iPod
CD) or later
- iSync 1.1 and iCal 1.0.1 or later
(optional for synchronizing contact and calendar information with
iPod--works only with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later)
Minimum Requirements for Windows:
To use iPod with a Windows PC, you must have the following:
- A Windows PC with 500 MHz or
higher processing speed
- Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4
or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional
- iTunes 4.6 (included on the iPod
CD) or later
- Built-in FireWire or a FireWire
card installed, or built-in high-power USB 2.0 or a high-power USB 2.0 card