|Listen to music in style with the Gold iPod mini, no matter which format it is in, be it MP3, AAC, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible (6), or AIFF. The 4GB storage capacity of this Apple 1G MP3 player stores up to a whopping 1000 songs. At a frequency response of 20 Hz - 20,000 Hz, this Apple media player gives awesome audio quality. The 1.67-inch backlit screen of the Gold iPod mini displays the names and other details of songs for you. Enjoy content from other devices by transferring it onto this Apple 1G MP3 player with its FireWire and USB 2.0 interface. The 8 hour battery life of this Apple media player ensures you have non-stop entertainment. Organize the playlist, contacts as well as games easily on the Gold iPod mini and get the most out of it.|
|Model||iPod mini 1st Generation Gold (4 GB)|
|Storage Capacity||4 GB|
|Audio Supported Formats||AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, MP3 VBR, WAV|
|Battery Run Time||Up to 8 Hours|
|Audio / Video Capabilities|
|MP3 Bit-Rate||32 kbps - 320 kbps|
|Screen Size||1.67 Inch|
|Interfaces||Firewire, USB 2.0|
|Additional Features||Games, Sleep Timer|
|Supported Power Supply||AC/DC Adapter, Internal Battery, Rechargeable via FireWire cable, Rechargeable via USB cable|
|Storage Type||Hard Drive|
|Number Of Songs||1000|
|Frequency Response||20-20000 Hz|
Best-of-breed design and interface; comes in five colors; excellent playlist features; clean, configurable sound; smooth syncing; organizes contacts; includes games; functions as an external drive.
No FM radio or recording capabilities; battery not user-replaceable.
Apple comes through again with a nearly perfect MP3 player.
Average review score based on 440 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
But it's not just about looks - the iPod Mini sounds fantastic. After comparing it with my third-generation iPod, tracks definitely sounded clearer on the iPod Mini, as if it were capable of better frequency response. By comparison the 3G iPod sounded positively muffled. A sign of PortalPlayer's enhanced audio chip, perhaps.
The Mini's packaging is as lovely as ever. The box lid slides off to reveal the mini wrapped in plastic. The box underneath is split in two halves - one for the install discs and one for the headphones, USB cable and a belt holster. As with all the new iPods there's no Firewire cable, no dock, no remote - but they are available as optional extras. There's no AC adaptor either, so you can only charge when connected to the PC.
There are other missing features that might give pause for thought, such as a radio, recording function and microphone. But if it's just a player you want these absences won't be noticed. For me the only reason I wouldn't want one is that I do want to carry my entire music collection around with me. Or at least more of it than I could fit on a 6GB drive.
One day of course, a 20GB iPod will be this size, but for now six gigs is your limit. At this capacity it no longer loses out to the Zen Micro and H10, but while Creative and iRiver have both worked hard on improving the look and usability of their players, the Mini is still miles ahead. With its rounded sides and neat click-wheel interface, it feels right in you hand and is easy to control and use too.
With the new iPod Mini, Apple has increased its capacity by a 50 per cent, battery-life by one-and-a-quarter times and improved sound quality. It's a pretty impressive triple whammy and as long as its capacity is large enough for you, the iPod Mini would be our recommended digital audio player.
I bought the used iPod Mini because I was tired of fighting cheap MP3 players, but didn't want to spend the money for a new quality device. I only use the device to listen to music.
I love the iPod Mini.
Sound quality it excellent and the control pad is a joy -- I can now appreciate why folks were willing to pay full price for them. When I made he purchase I was worried about battery life on a used device but mine came with plenty of life stil left. And although I have not done so, the battery is replaceable so the iPod could last forever. The 4GB of memory mine came with is not a lot my current standards, but it is still a lot of music.
Negatives are that being Apple, it does not take standared USB cables, ect. However, the compatible cables are readily available and inexpensive. And the unit requires iTunes for file loading and maintenance, but iTunes is available for free download off the internet. By current standards the iPod requires a large amount of power and the battery takes forever to recharge off the computer. A charger that works off a wall outlet is required for practical application.
Finally, it is huge by current standards (about the size of a small cell-phone), and does not have a graphic display or even color. But if you are interested in taking an inexpensive trip way back to 2004, this may be the device for you.
Well good thing you are on eBay - because thats now the best and really the only place to buy iPod Minis. Now that Apple has forgone the iPod Mini series for the iPod Nano. Now that the Nano is getting all of the press attention for being the sexiest gadget ever - its hard to remember that just 12 - 18 months ago, the iPod Mini was in the same boat. And, for iPod Mini fans, thats good news because it means that the value of the Mini has decreased - effectively making them cheaper to buy on eBay as everyone else oogles at the Nano.
And I'm not 100% convinced that the Nano is better than the Mini. I believe it depends on what you are using it - the Mini is sturdier than the Nano - in fact, there are already blogs and reviews citing the Nano's lack of durability - something the Mini is great at. Of course, the give in that situation is that the Nano is lighter than the Mini... but remember - we are only talking ounces!
For the dollar, you get more music storage with the Mini than just about anything on the market - and all in a very light-wight MP3 player body. But again - it depends what you are looking for:
* If you want to a large music library - either for the office, the road or your home - the regular iPod is a better value and better idea
* If you are a gym-rat looking for the lightest MP3 player - perhaps you want a tiny flash player like the Rios, the Shuffle, or the Nano
But if you are looking for the perfect hybrid MP3 player - small enough to take a run with but spacious enough to play hours of unique music at the office - the iPod Mini really is the perfect solution. And of course it has the Apple interface and sexiness.
The minor points: with the second generation of the iPod Mini, Apple has improved the color scheme and really made them shinier and brighter. My preference is the Silver color - but beware that it will show scratches and nicks more so than the other colors. The Blue is bright, the pink quite girly, and the green look a little much like split pea soup for me =)
With the Ipod Mini officially retired, the only way you are going to find one is online or on the clearance shelf. That actually works in your favor as this is probably the best MP3 player on the market for the dollar.
Everyone knows Apple has a stranglehold on the MP3 market and the Mini did nothing to reduce that theory. It was small, had the infamous click-wheel as well as an assortment of colors that appeal to just about everyone. It has a wealth of accessories available at cheap prices as well as great technical support (though you won't need it most likely).
The menu system is intuitive and easy to navigate. The display is clear and bright and has a nice bluish shade that fades out from non-use. It's durable too though it's hard-drive based so you'd be smart not to use it while jogging or otherwise moving constantly. It also includes ITunes which is pretty much the software to use for MP3 maintenance.
It's unfortunate that Apple didn't incorporate FM radio into any of it's MP3 players like Rio did. Of course, people snatched them up anyway because it's Apple. The battery itself has some issues as well and often will die before the 500 charge/recharge cycle as arrived. If it's not under warranty, you may as well buy a new Ipod since battery replacement costs nearly as much as buy one.
New Ipod Mini's can be had for $150 on eBay so it's a great time to buy one. Though the Ipod Nano replaced it, it's a stellar MP3 player to own provided you don't need mega-storage.