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Full specifications for Apple iPod (20GB, fourth generation)
Manufacturer: Apple Computer, Inc.
Part number: M9282LL/A
PC interface(s) supported
FireWire, Hi-Speed USB
Available body colors
Flash memory installed
No built-in memory
Built-in 20 GB Hard disk drive
Dimensions (W x D x H)
2.4 in x .57 in x 4.1 in
Earbud headphones, AC adapter, FireWire cable, USB 2.0 cable
Digital storage media capacity
Apple iTunes for Mac, Apple iTunes for Windows
Digital storage media type
Hard disk drive
Digital storage media form factor
Digital Player / Recorder
Digital player supported digital audio standards
AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV
Digital player response bandwidth
20 - 20000 Hz
Digital player playback modes
Playlist, One track repeat, All tracks repeat, Random play / shuffle
Digital player edit functions
Digital player supported bit rate
32 - 320
Digital player ID3 tags support
External hard drive function
Digital player additional features
Variable bit-rate compatible
Video Playback Features
Video software included
Battery Enclosure Type
Lithium ion Rechargeable Player batteryBuilt-in
Mfr estimated battery life
Sound output mode
Notes, Calendar, Phone book, Hold button, Built-in games, Upgradeable firmware, Playback speed control, Rechargeable capability, Battery level indication
Cable(s) / Peripheral(s)
1 x, IEEE 1394 cable - External, USB cable - External
Peripheral / Interface devices
USB port, IEEE 1394 FireWire port
Min Operating system
Apple MacOS X 10.1.5 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4
1 x Headphones / remote control Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x Docking station
Audio system built-in display
160 x 128
Display illumination color
Display menu language
Dutch, Danish, French, German, Korean, English, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese, Norwegian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional)
Power Supply / Device
Power adapter External
Service & Support
1 year warranty
Timer, Digital clock
CD system type
Skip playback, Random play, Repeat one/all
Digital audio standards supported
MP3, AAC, MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, WAV
Equalizer factory preset qty
Sound output mode
20 - 20000
I've been using this model for almost 4 years now, and replaced it once due to the previous unit being lost (replaced with the same model)
The 4th generation Ipod is about what you need for "just" music listening, if you do not intend to wach movies, photos, browsing the web, etc' etc'.
Models available are the 10GB, 15GB, and 20GB which have a slim case, and also there is a 40GB model which case is a little bit thicker.
The sound quality of the unit is very good, and it is very easy to operate and navigate through the menues and settings.
Weak points of this older model is that the battery will no longer hold a charge after a few years of constant use, the good thing about that is that
replacement batteries are available for purchase new here on Ebay for a very little sum, and with little technical skills and care, someone can replace the battery quite easily. Just be careful when you open the casing, not to damage the internal ribbon cables and their connectors.
Many other replacement parts are available to purchase too in case you need to replace anything other than the battery.
Another weak point, is that the player has a mechanical hard drive, which can fail if you either drop or hit the unit.
In my case, after replacing 3 drives during that time of ownership (I use it extensively, an average of 3 hours playing every day), I have decided to invest some money, buy an Ipod harddrive to CF (compact flash) memory card adapter, bought a 32GB CF card(the adapter costs a few dollars shipped, but the card is the expensive part), and installed it in place of the hard drive.
After installation all it takes is to restore the unit with the "Ipod Updater", and transfer all of your music to it.
The benefits of the CF card is 12 Extra GB's of space on top of the original 20, and the battery life increases by more than twice for a new battery.
I've been using the CF card for more than a year now, and only had to restore the Ipod once.
Overall the price of the CF card and the adapter, have more than paid for itself for not having to be extra careful with a unit containing a hard drive, and also not having to replace it if it fails.
Hope this was helpful, and can give a little insight on this player,
Sure there are many other modern players out there, from Apple itself too, but for a unit that I use only to listen to music, it does it's job more than just fine.
Things that stand out in it is mostly it's ease of use, sound quality, and build quality.
(The U2 version of the Ipod is exactly the same except for the red/black front case, and the band member signatures on the back).
I also love my Ipod!! Like all of us busy moms, we have no time to sit & read directions on anything besides kid’s toys! The Ipod is the perfect MP3 player for the mom on the go. I just plugged the thing in my computer & everything was set up & finished in just a few minutes. The "music store" is awesome too! Another good feature is that my friends can plug their IPod in my computer to get music out of my library that they do not have(I think this only works with IPod-IPod but not sure). I take this thing with me everywhere & with 2(one who is a toddler) kids it has taken a beating! IPod is very small (same size as my cell phone)& light & I just slip it into a little front pocket of my bag. For anyone who exercises this thing is perfect! I run with mine & it just clips on & stays in place. With a Jack Russell on a leash in one hand, I can't take anything too bulky or heavy. The sound quality is great & I love the easy to use scroll wheel. While running I can easily change the options(takes a little practice to scroll & go to songs, playlists, find which playlist I want to run to at that time & then change back to main library when I want to hear something else but you will get the hang of it in no time). Most people do not go thru as many songs as I do while running I'm sure. At night, the glow light makes it easier to see what may be slithering in front of me on the road. IPod has the option of light being on/off & how long you want it on or always have it on. My roads are pretty dark with just a few street lights & I have to say that the IPod's glow light's up a pretty good size area around me. I also use this feature to flash at the vehicles that are approaching so they see me! I cannot be more than pleased with my Ipod. Update for IPod: I can officially say my IPod must know I love it! On vacation last week I was jogging on the ocean shoreline when my dog pulled unexpectedly on her leash I guess thinking she was going to get a seagull. The IPod was in my hand & I accidentally dropped it! At the same time it fell to the sand a wave came & my 2nd fav. running partner was in the water! I blew on the bottom components thinking maybe drying it might save it. By the time I got back to our beach house the Ipod was stuck on the song I was listening to “pause" mode must have been one of the last buttons I was pushing after I picked it up out of the water. I then propped it up & hoped it would work later. On our way to dinner my son asked if I would plug the IPod in (I have the vehicle adapter too) & I told him what I did (you should have seen the look on his face!). I plugged the thing in after holding it in front of the AC vent....thinking maybe one last attempt at drying might help &...... IT WORKED! Right before I snapped it to the adapter I was telling my husband that I was going to have to buy another IPod when we get back. It has been a week since my IPod accident & I haven't had a problem with it, listen to it on a daily basis, run with it almost every day & even dropped the thing again (2 yr. old thought she needed to "play" with it). I thought adding this little story might help with decision making & wondering how "durable" they are. I think I am going to fork out the extra money for the jogger sleeve that goes on your arm(I haven't bought it because I do not like running with anything on my arm). 12-2006: IPOD still works as if it were brand new & I have dropped it a few more times while running.
My wife and I are huge U2 fans. We wanted to purchase this when it first came out but thought the pricing was steep (over $300.00 with taxes). We were finally able to purchase one reasonably when our company was able to get it's hands on a few customer returns from Apple Computers. It comes with all the originals but the original box, poster and coupon. It came to us in a customized box for all of the accessories and Ipod:
- Earbud headphones
- AC adapter
- FireWire cable
- USB 2.0 cable
- Getting Started guide
- CD with iTunes for Mac and Windows and electronic documentation
But for a brand new Ipod and the savings, we could still purchase the U2 box set at a bargain and still saved money overall.
It works great like any other iPod, but cheaper. The software is upgradeable for free from Apple. Just plug it into your computer and it does the rest. The color scheme is the same as the U2 Vertigo Album Cover.
We can download Web Bogs, news, store files to transfer to other computers and to work.
We highly recommend where ever you purchase, just don't overpay!!
As a seller, I have sold everything from a 512MB shuffle to a 60GB iPod Video. I have seen and tested just about every iPod Apple has come out with, and ironically, for my personal use I prefer the July 2004 release 20GB 4th generation. The next big question is why.
These are one of the most affordable iPod units available. When I hear someone had their iPod stolen and are looking to replace it, or do not have much money to spend and want an iPod, I point them this way.
The storage that comes with these is just amazing for the price. Want to put 5,000 songs on an iPod? No problem. I know there are now much bigger hard drives out there for iPods, but you cannot beat the value for storage comparison on the 4th Generation.
For those who do not need color to hear music, or a video screen, or a sleek design, this iPod just gets the job done. It has all the standard features, and a TON of storage, making it simple to use and easy to enjoy all your favorite music. Again, sparing the extra features spares your wallet.
Final note: These are very rarely sold new because they are no longer in production. The majority of the 4th generation units are used or refurbished. They will most likely be pretty well used since the unit was released so long ago, so a silicon case is a good investment (especially since the shiny back of these picks up scratches very easily). But, the most important thing is to remember when purchasing is to make sure you buy off a seller who offers a warranty so that if any problems come up you can have your unit replaced or repaired.
The iPod 30 GB Photo offers all the features we know and love in the iPod, plus the capability to use it for photos. Now, viewing a photo on that tiny little screen is impressive - great quality - but less than fullfilling. It's just too small.
But here's the great part of the iPod photo feature... with an inexpensive adapter from eBay or your local Apple store, you can download your digital camera temporarily to your iPod, then later download your iPod to your PC. What does this mean? You can take your iPod on a trip with your digital camera, and never have to lug around your whole PC while traveling again! And music while you travel is a bonus!
Oh, and it displays PodCasts, video broadcasts of things from TV shows to informational lectures, available free or inexpensively on the 'net. Folks with old eyes like mine may find this a difficult feature to use, however.
And if you've been living under a rock, you may not know that iPods offer the ability to store a huge library of songs, either from your existing CDs or purchased from on-line music libraries such as iTunes, Napster, or others.
I recommend the iPod Photo 30 GB - it's a great iPod for ALL your media needs! (Unless you can afford the Photo 60 GB...)
When released, this was the ultimate item. Even better than the 4th generation iPod, it was the first iPod that was not white. I got one as a gift for my birthday and it was better than expected. I couldn't believe how smooth the black finish and red click wheel combo looked. The chrome back with U2's signatures engraved was icing on the cake. It was any U2 fan's dream. It sounded even better. The 20GB U2 iPod is a solid mp3 player with a great look.
Now that Apple has released another version of the U2 iPod, based on the video iPod, the 1st edition of the U2 iPod is a classic. Even hotter than a PSP or Xbox 360, this is the must have item. Don't wait until they disappear again, get yours now!
-A must have for any U2 fan
-Black finish with Red click-wheel
-U2 signatures engraved on back
-4th generation iPod technology
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I love U2, but being a fan isn't required to like this iPod. The iPod is a black and red version of the 4th generation 20GB iPod - which may be the best value right now. It has a great price, plenty of battery life (up to 12 hours), and capacity to hold all of your music (up to 5000 songs).
This model is very thin, not bulky. The clickwheel on the front is still in use on the newer models today, so Apple has stuck with that successful design.
The only drawback on this model is that the screens will sometimes break if it's abused, so don't toss it around or sit on it in your back pocket. If you need something more sturdy, get an iPod mini or iPod Photo with color screen (also out of production).
These U2 iPods have band members' signatures laser inscribed on the back. They continue to sell for more than the regular 20's on eBay so I think they are somewhat of a collector's item (especially ones that are in good shape).
Overall, if you're looking for an iPod that does a good job of everything - this one is it.
There are a lot of MP3 players out on the market today and they all have the same basic functionally but when Apple introduced the Ipod it was, not just a step, but a leap in technology. The first, second, and third generations were a great beginning, as for the fourth generation Apple took all they learned from the previous generations and truly produced one of the most functional MP3 players on the market.
What makes it stand out from the rest is a true MMI, man-machine-interface, with is click wheel to the remarkable menu system, to is docking station, slim lines and music storage capacity to rival some desk top computers and not forgetting the sound quality.
I have three fourth gen Ipods that I use, one in my Silverado, another I take to the gym for my workouts, and the third I use in my high-end audio gear as the source, playing through a TP-E9000ES preamp. I have a TP-S9000ES that I play auto CD’s with and in playing the same songs from both I cannot tell the difference in sound quality.
When down loading songs the menu system, when linked to the Apples itunes allows you the freedom to choose virtually any configuration, from sorting by genre, play list that you can create, to allowing the ipod to randomly play songs.
When it comes to the cons, there are no cons, this is the best MP3 player bar none.
Best large-capacity MP3 player.The iPod dominates the market among hard-drive players, and it's still an overwhelming favorite in reviews. The latest iPod plays both photos and video on its color screen, but reviews say the 2.5-inch screen is too small for extended viewing. If you don't need room for 7,500 songs, the iPod nano and Zen Micro Photo are smaller and lighter than the 4.8-ounce iPod. The Creative Zen Micro Photo doesn't have the iPod's easy interface, but the Zen Micro does have an FM tuner and voice recorder, and it's compatible with the latest music-subscription services The iPod has none of these features. A 60GB iPod sells for $400. The iPod is both Mac and Windows compatible.