iPod Buying Guide

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iPod Buying Guide

The company Apple has revolutionized the world of technology in recent years, starting with the release of the iPod. While most people give all the credit of the iPod’s creation to Apple founder Steve Jobs, the concept was originally thought of by independent contractor Tony Fadell. Fadell brought his idea of a newly styled MP3 player to companies such as RealNetworks and Phillips, both of which turned him down. Apple offered Fadell support with his idea, who then led a team of people to create the new device. While critics first gave harsh reviews of the iPod, it sold better than most expected and has since taken off into an expanded product line with multiple versions. Consumers now have the choice of an iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, and iPod Touch when purchasing the device. All offer different features and size dimensions to suit everyone’s different tastes and preferences when it comes to finding the perfect music player. When shopping for an iPod it is necessary to consider what features are important, such as size, sleekness, functionality, and hard drive capacity.

iPod Classic

The very first iPod to be released was labeled the iPod Classic, with the slogan "1,000 songs in your pocket." It contained a five GB hard drive that measured only 1.8 inches, which was much smaller than other competitor’s hard drives at the time that were still using 2.5 inch hard drives. Besides the fact that a device that held up to a thousand songs could now fit into one’s pocket, one of the most revolutionary features of the iPod was its scroll wheel technology. Users take advantage of the scroll wheel to control many aspects of the iPod, including volume and song selection. The first iPod Classic had a mechanical scroll wheel, while the newer versions work simply from a person’s touch. Also included on the first generation iPod Classic were four auxiliary buttons located around the scroll wheel to click back and forth between songs, play or pause a song, and navigate the main menu for more options.

Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Generation iPod Classics

The first decade of the 21st century saw the inventions of the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth generation iPod Classics. As new generation iPods were released to the market, the design and technology improved every time. Throughout the years, the iPod Classic has become thinner, more lightweight, and less expensive while the available hard drive space increased. The mechanical scroll wheel turned became a touch wheel, and the actual layout of the iPod featured more rounded edges than the first generation model. The third generation iPod classic was the first model to be compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers, which opened up an entirely new market of customers. The fifth generation iPod Classic was the first to be able to offer different functions besides just playing music, as this model had the ability to play video as well. Different colors were introduced for the fifth generation iPod Classic along with the signature white coloring, including both black and grey options.

Sixth and Seventh Generation iPod Classics

The sixth and seventh generation iPods saw large changes from the previous generation models, included improved battery life, six hours of video playback, and 36 hours of music playback on a single charge. The actual materials of the iPod were changed from plastic to an aluminum make, but the device was no longer available in the color white. Silver is now the leading color produced for iPods, with other color options including blue, green, orange, pink, black, and blue. The seventh and most recent version of the iPod Classic to be released contains a 160 GB hard drive that has the ability to hold up to 40,000 songs, 25,000 photos, and 200 hours of video playback. This is a huge advancement in the iPod Classic compared to the first generation produced in 2001, and the device will no doubt continue to be improved in the years to come.

iPod Nano

The iPod Nano was introduced to the market on September 7, 2005 and was a replacement for the iPod Mini. The Nano is a great iPod to use when looking for an easily portable and extremely lightweight device. The build and style of the Nano has changed throughout the different models that have been released, all geared towards making the device easily portable and readily available to use in any situation.

First, Second, and Third Generation iPod Nanos

The first generation iPod Nano was the smallest of its kind at the time, measuring only 1.6 inches (width) by 3.5 inches (length) by 0.27 inches (depth) and weighing just 1.5 oz. The second generation iPod Nano was updated to include a scratch-resistant casing and screen as well as multiple color choices including silver, green, black, blue, pink, and red. The battery life was nearly doubled from that of the first generation, with larger storage sizes as well. The third generation iPod Nano was redesigned to be shorter, wider, and heavier. Storage size and battery life was again increased, and users could now browse through Cover Flow as well.

Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Generation iPod Nanos

The fourth generation iPod Nano reverted back to a long and slim design, moving away from the remodeled shorter and wider third generation model. The fourth generation device was the smallest and lightest of all Nanos thus far, and was offered in the colors light blue, green, yellow, pink, red, orange, black, silver, and purple. The accelerometer feature was added, which allowed users to change songs on the iPod Nano by simply shaking the device in their hands. If the Nano was tilted left or right, the screen changed from a landscape to portrait layout as well. The fifth generation iPod Nano was geared more around fitness, and included Nike+iPod Support, a built-in pedometer, and a speaker. The sixth generation iPod Nano was introduced on September 1, 2010 and included many updates from the previous model. A built-in clip was included that can easily attach to clothing, which makes the iPod Nano great for working out or for people otherwise on the go. Instead of a scroll wheel, the sixth generation Nano included a 1.55-inch touch screen that made it easy to navigate through the device as well.

iPod Shuffle

The iPod Shuffle is the smallest iPod on the market, with the most recent model weighing only 0.4 oz. There have been four generations of the Shuffle, and none of them include a screen like all of the other iPod models. Instead, the iPod Shuffle was designed for easy music playback in an either random or specific order of songs selected by the user’s preference.

Four Generations of the iPod Shuffle

While the first generation Shuffle could only hold 240 songs, the latest fourth generation model can hold up to 15 hours of audio playback or 1,000 songs. The Shuffle holds up to only two GB of memory, making it a great item to use while exercising or when one is just in the mood to mix up their musical selection. Since no screen is included with the iPod Shuffle, it speaks to the user to notify as to which song and artist is being played at any given time. The most recent iPod Shuffle model measures only 1.14 inches (height) by 1.24 inches (width) by 0.34 inches (depth), making it small and versatile enough for many different occasions.

iPod Touch

The iPod Touch is a bit different from all other iPod models, as it is much more than just a music player. Many consider the iPod Touch to offer many of the same features as an iPhone (as it runs on the same iOS operating system), just without the calling capabilities. Not only does the iPod Touch feature music playback, it also provides games and personal assistant tools for users. The iPod Touch also connects to Wi-Fi technology, allowing the user to browse the internet whenever a Wi-Fi connection is available. Both the iTunes stores and Apple’s App store can be accessed from the Touch model, allowing the user to purchase and download games, music, videos, and more directly onto the unit.

Four Generations of the iPod Touch

There have been four generations of iPod Touch models produced, with the first one being released in September of 2007 and the most recent one released in September of 2010. The first generation model featured a Safari web browser and access to the iTunes store, and eventually came in eight GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB versions. The second and third generation iPod Touch saw system updates, advances in available features, and changes to the actual design of the item as well. For example, the second generation iPod Touch came with Nike+, a built-in speaker, volume control on the external casing, an audio input for earphones, and Bluetooth capabilities. Third generation models came in 32 GB and 64 GB models, with new system updates and voice control abilities. The fourth generation iPod Touch is the most recent model on the market, and features a front-facing camera for users to take advantage of FaceTime with friends and family.

How to Buy iPods on eBay

Now that you are familiar with all of the available iPods on the market, it is time to start shopping for the device that you think would be the best fit for you. eBay offers thousands of different iPods of all different makes and styles, so you should have no problem finding the perfect match for you.

You can start by performing a keyword search from the eBay home page. Type your preferred keywords into the search box and click search. This will populate all available options depending on your keywords so you can find exactly what you need. If you choose to be more broad in your search, simply type "iPod&" into the search bar and press search. This will populate every available iPod item on eBay at that given time, allowing you to view numerous different options in order to determine which iPod would be best for you. If you know exactly what you are looking for, you can narrow down your search much quicker by typing in the name of the product into the search box. For example, if you are looking for a 160 GB iPod Classic,, type this into the search box and click search. Only this specific item will appear in the search results for you, making the entire process easy and efficient.

If you do not wish to search through eBay by the use of keywords, you can choose to browse through the categories instead. To find iPods this way, go to the eBay home page and navigate to the Electronics& category. iPods can be found under subcategories such as Consumer Electronics and Cell Phones & Accessories .


The introduction of the iPod has revolutionized the electronic industry, which will never be the same. Apple has introduced a product (and in turn many additional product lines) geared towards exactly what the consumer needs, and has remained one step ahead of its competition in order to become one of the most successful brands of all time. As different iPod generations are introduced every year, the devices continue to see advancements in design, color, and technology. The iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, and iPod Touch all offer their own unique features, making each one different in its own way. Many people own more than one type of iPod, and often own multiple Apple products that are built in a similar fashion to the iPod. Being one of the most innovative companies on the market today, Apple is sure to produce more show-stopping and high-tech iPod creations in the years to come.

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