The current versions of the iPod line were announced in 2010, but iPods have changed a lot through the years. Learn about the different features of iPods and see how the new versions compare with the older models.
New versions of the iPod line were announced in 2010. Take a look at the new products, learn about the new features, see how the new versions compare with the older models, and see some of the more unusual iPod accessories.
The updated iPod Shuffle features new colors, a built-in clip, playlists and voiceovers that tell you the name of a song or playlist.
In addition to playing your music, the 2010 iPod Nano is all touch-screen and has an FM radio and pedometer. See larger views of the nano screen on the next page.
The new touch screen version of the iPod Nano features several different menu options and displays.
The iPod Touch released in 2010 features FaceTime, a game center, two cameras and HD video recording and editing.
The iPod touch bears a striking resemblance to the iPhone and can run many of its applications as well.
Here, an older version of the iPod Touch is compared to the iPhone (right). All iPod Touch models function similarly as the iPhone, but without phone calling features.
The first iPod Touch was released in 2007 with WiFi, iTunes access and the first touch screen in an iPod. Later versions were updated to include more bluetooth options, built-in speakers, better RAM/CPU and VoiceOver capability.
Also released in 2007, the third generation iPod Nano was larger in size than the current model and did not have a touch screen.
The second generation iPod Nano was longer and offered color choices other than black and white. Buyers could choose from 2, 4 and 8 GB models.
The first iPod Nano was released in 2005. The 2GB model held up to 500 songs and a 4GB model up to 1000 songs.
The first generation iPod Shuffle was also released in 2005 and looked (and acted) a lot like a memory stick. It could hold approximately 240 songs.
The second generation iPod Shuffle came out in 2006 and had a shuffle feature that could be turned off for chronological playlist listening.
The third generation of the iPod shuffle wasn't released until 2009, and was the world's smallest music player at the time. It was nearly half the size of the previous model.
And who could forget the iPod Classic, the first of the iPods that started the craze in 2001? Pictured here is the sixth generation with the then unheard-of storage capacity of 5 GB. Take a look inside this iPod next.
All of the chips and memory devices that make the classic iPod are situated on the motherboard. Here's the front. However, you don't have to take apart your iPod to hack it. Learn more on the next page.
Getting your iPod to run Linux is one of the ultimate hacks. It's the foundation for using your iPod in an entirely new way, and it opens the door for limitless applications. A low-risk way to add more functionality to your iPod is to install software on your computer that takes advantage of the device's existing features. You can also take advantage of the many accessories available for iPods. See the next page to learn more.
If you want to listen to your iPod in the car, you could get an FM transmitter, like the one pictured above, or a cable to connect your iPod directly to the stereo system.
The iSticky Pad is another great accessory for the car. It holds your iPod in place on the dashboard.
To stay on the go with your iPod nano, the Tunebuckle with canvas belt let's you add your iPod to your wardrobe.
You can also tuck away your iPod nano into the CEO Billfold Wallet.
Arguably the strangest iPod accessory out there: the iCarta iPod Toilet Paper Holder, for those who just can't let go of their iPods.
Another iPod accessory, the Aquadock, makes an iPod water and dust resistant. It also includes speakers and a radio.
The Phonophone, a cutting edge update of an antique phonograph, is another unique accessory that doesn't use any power. Instead, it uses passive amplification. Head to the 80s next for the next accessory.