iPod shuffle Generation 2 (1 GB, silver, 2007)

This version of the iPod shuffle Generation 2 was updated to include five colors: silver (original), orange, green, blue, and pink. Also, this revision switch from the old-style “cap” earbuds to the current, more streamlined design. The case of this iPod shuffle features a clip that allows you to easily attach it to clothing.

This iPod shuffle’s design greatly differs from the original iPod shuffle that looked and functioned similarly to a flash drive. To charge this iPod shuffle and load it with up to 240 songs, it sits in a very small USB base with a protruding 3.5mm jack that uses the audio jack to transfer data and charging power.

The iPod shuffle is the only iPod with no display.

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iPod Generation 3 (40 GB, 2004)

The iPod Generation 3 was available in three sizes: 15 GB, 20 GB, or 40 GB on a 4200 RPM ATA-66 hard drive capable of storing 3700, 5000, or 10,000 songs. It used a 2-inch (diagonal) monochrome LCD display with blue-white LED backlight in a case with an “iBook white” front and a polished stainless steel back.

This iPod was thinner, lighter, had a more rounded case design, and introduced the idea of an iPod dock for easy connection to a computer or stereo. The buttons were changed to solid-state (instead of the earlier physical buttons) and moved from around the click wheel to a row above the click wheel.

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iPod nano Generation 5 (16 GB, blue, 2009)

The iPod nano Generation 5 was notable because of its impressive color choices. This model was available in nine colors: (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, silver, and black. The finish for the generation 5 nano is glossy and the case is made of aluminum and glass. It was available with 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory (2000 or 4000 songs).

This iPod nano also features a video camera with an integrated microphone and speaker that takes advantage of its high-quality 2.2″ TFT display (240×376, 204 ppi). The video quality is H.264 VGA 640×480 at 30 FPS with AAC audio, but it cannot take still photographs. This iPod also has a built-in FM Radio with “live pause,” allowing pause and rewind up to 15 minutes.

My example is blue, and I remember using it as a back-up/additional video camera that had surprisingly good audio for its size.

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iPod U2 Special Edition Generation 4 (20 GB, 2004)

The iPod U2 Special Edition is a fourth generation iPod with a black front case (instead of white) and a red Click Wheel. On the back of the iPod U2 Special Edition, autographs of all four members of the band U2 are etched along with their printed names: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.

This is the first of three iPod U2 Special Edition devices. The second version was based upon the iPod Color (iPod with Color Display), while the third versions were based upon the iPod Fifth Generation (iPod Video) and iPod Fifth Generation Enhanced. All models feature the same custom colors and engraved autographs.

The iPod U2 Special Edition (Generation 4) shipped with a poster and $50-off coupon for the complete U2 downloadable box set.

I purchased my version of this iPod from a co-worker, and I do not have the original box, poster, coupon, or earbuds.

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