Compatibility: This 5th
iPod is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems with
the following minimum requirements:
- Operating System:
- Windows: Windows XP
Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, Windows 2000 with
Service Pack 4 or later
- Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later
- USB Port: USB 2.0 (a USB 1.1 port can be used, but it'll provide slower data transfer than a 2.0 port)
- Software: iTunes 7 or
later (software not included, must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)
This iPod has a built-in 30 GB hard disc drive, capable of storing up to 7,500
songs (4-minute song average--recorded in AAC format at 128 kbps), up to 25,000
pictures (iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes), or up to 40 hours of
video. In addition to storing audio, you can use the HDD to store data files as
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.
Audio Formats: The iPod
supports the following audio formats: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from
iTunes Music Store), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and
Lossless, WAV, and AIFF. When you import music from a CD using iTunes, it is
converted to AAC format by default.
Note: If you are using
iTunes for Windows, you can convert non-protected WMA
files to AAC or MP3 format.
Display: The 2.5" QVGA,
crystal display has 320 x 240 pixel resolution and 0.156mm dot pitch.
Backlighting: The display's
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.
Controls: The iPod's
touch-sensitive Click Wheel controls are located on the front of the unit. 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 all songs on the
HDD, shuffle all songs on the playlist, or
shuffle albums (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.
Album Art: iTunes has a setting
allowing the iPod to display the album art associated with the album playing.
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
with earbud-style headphones with 18mm drivers using Neodymium magnets.
If desired, you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm mini-plug.
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 17
minutes of music to the cache at a time, equating to a 17 minute skip
Listening to Podcasts: Podcasts
are downloadable radio-style shows you get at the iTunes Music Store. Podcasts
are organized by shows, episodes within shows, and chapters within episodes. If
you stop listening to a podcast and go back to it later, the podcast begins
playing from where you left off.
Audio Books: In addition to
music, you can download audio books from the iTunes Music Store (approximately
9,000 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.
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
Stopwatch: You can use the
stopwatch as you exercise to track your overall time and, if you're running on a
track, your lap times. You can play music while you use the stopwatch.
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, pictures, and books, you can play one of four pre-loaded games on your
The games that are available include Brick, Music Quiz, Parachute, and
Dock Adapter: This unit comes
with a white plastic dock adapter which allows the iPod to be docked in an iPod
dock. An optional iPod dock is available from the
Computer Interfaces: The iPod connects to your computer's high-power USB 2.0 port for downloading and
charging the battery. You can also charge the battery by FireWire (also called IEEE 1394 or i.LINK),
but downloading is done only by USB.
High-Speed Transfers: Transfer
time varies depending upon how much music you want to transfer from your
computer to your iPod. When you connect the iPod using USB 2.0, data
transferred at up to 480 Mbps.
Power Requirements: The iPod
has a built-in rechargeable, non-removable, lithium ion battery. When the iPod is connected to your computer, the battery charges. When fully
charged, the battery provides approximately 14 hours of music playback time, 4 hours playback of slide show with music
or up to 3-1/2 hours of video playback. 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
Software Note: The iPod
comes with no software on CD-ROM. You must download the latest version of iTunes
music management software from the Apple website.
Overview: You can purchase
movies, videos and TV shows, and download video podcasts at the iTunes Music
Store, and then download them to your iPod. You can view and listen to the
videos on the iPod or on a TV connected to the iPod.
Video Formats: The iPod
supports the following video formats:
- H.264 video up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 x
480, 30 frames per second
- Baseline Low-Complexity Profile
with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov
- 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
- 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
Viewing and Listening to Videos on
iPod: Downloaded videos appear in the Videos menus on iPod. Music Videos
also appear in Music menus. When you choose a video from a Videos menu, you see
and hear the video. When you choose a music video from a Music menu, you hear
the song, but don't see the video.
Watching Videos on a TV Connected
to iPod: If you have an iPod AV Cable, you can watch videos on a TV
connected to your iPod. First you set the iPod to display videos on a TV, then
connect the iPod to your TV, and then play a video.
Importing and Viewing Your Own
Videos on iPod: You can view other video files on the iPod, such as videos
you create in iMovie (on a Macintosh) or videos you download from the Internet.
Using QuickTime Pro, you can encode a video file for iPod, import it into iTunes,
and then download it to iPod just as you would download any video to iPod.
Compatible Formats: This 30GB
iPod will hold up to 25,000 photos downloaded using the included iTunes software
converted from JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG, and PSD (Mac only).
Auto Transfer: The iPod can
automatically transfer photos using iTunes if you have iPhoto v4.0.3 (Mac),
Adobe PhotoShop Album 2.0 or later (PC), or PhotoShop Elements 3.0 or later
SlideShow: Photos can be viewed
manually (one at a time) or automatically using the slideshow feature. When
using slideshow, several settings are adjustable: Time Per Slide (2, 3, 5, 10,
or 20 seconds), Repeat (on/off), Transition (12 options), TV Out (allows you to
choose On, Off, or Ask; if you set TV Out to Ask, iPod gives you the option of
showing videos on TV or on iPod every time you play a video), and TV Signal
(NTSC or PAL). Background music can be added to the slideshow and the slides can
be displayed in random order.