The iPod Mini (marketed as the iPod mini) is a digital audio player designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It was the midrange model in Apple's iPod product line. It was announced on January 6, 2004 and released on February 20 of the same year. A second-generation version was announced on February 23, 2005 and released later that year. The iPod Mini line was officially discontinued on September 7, 2005 and was replaced by the iPod Nano line.
The iPod Mini uses the touch-sensitive scroll wheel of the third generation iPod; however, instead of the four touch buttons located above the wheel, the buttons were redesigned as mechanical switches beneath the wheel itself—hence the name click wheel. To use one of the four buttons, the user must physically push the edge of the wheel inward over one of the four labels. Like its predecessors, the wheel was developed for Apple by Synaptics. The click wheel is now also used in the fourth, fifth and sixth generation iPods and the iPod Nano, from first generation through the fourth; however, in the Nano and 5G iPods onwards, the click wheel is developed by Apple.
Above the wheel is a monochrome 138x110 LCD that displays a menu or information about the selected track. Newer-generation iPods have since adopted color displays.
Both generations of iPod Mini were almost identical in their external features; their differences lay in their storage and battery capacities. Both versions are 3.6x2.0x0.5 inches (91x51x13 mm) and weigh 3.6 ounces (102 grams). The case consists of anodized aluminum. First generation iPod Minis were available in five colors: silver, gold, pink, blue, and green. The gold model was dropped from the second generation range, likely due to its unpopularity. The pink, blue, and green models had brighter hues in the second generation; the silver model remained unchanged. The first generation Mini had grey button labels; the second generation had button labels matching the case's color, and also had the capacity engraved on the back of the casing.
The iPod Mini uses Microdrive hard drives (CompactFlash II) made by Hitachi and Seagate. First generation models were available in a 4 GB size, while second generation models were available in both 4 GB and 6 GB versions (capable of storing roughly 1,000 and 1,500 songs, respectively) and eventually the second generation had the capacity etched into the aluminum case laser etched .
The iPod Mini's Microdrive (4 GB Hitachi model)
The battery life of the first generation of iPod Mini was about 8 hours (similar to the 3G iPod that was available when the Mini was released), which some criticised for its short duration. Apple addressed this problem in the second generation models, which had a nominal battery life of about 18 hours. However, the 2nd generation iPod Minis no longer came with a FireWire cable or an AC power adapter, which were left out to reduce the selling prices of the new iPod Minis. iPod Mini batteries, like many Lithium Ion batteries, run down to 80% capacity after 400 full charge cycles. A proprietary dock connector was provided on the bottom of the device for a connection to a computer's USB or FireWire port. The unit's battery could be charged during connection. Along the top it had a hold switch, a headphone jack, and a remote connector for accessories.
Like the iPod Nano, the iPod Mini supported MP3, AAC/M4A, WAV, AIFF, and Apple Lossless audio formats. It also retained the iPod's integration with iTunes and the iTunes Store, allowing for syncing between the software application and the iPod Mini.
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|Introduction Date:||January 6, 2004||Discontinued Date:||February 23, 2005|
|Details:||The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.|
|Processor Type:||PP5020||Processor Speed:||80 MHz (x2)|
|Details:||The iPod mini uses a PortalPlayer PP5020 "system on a chip" with dual embedded variable speed 80 MHz ARM 7TDMI processors.|
|Onboard RAM:||32 MB||Storage Capacity:||4 GB|
|Details:||32 MB of SDRAM provides skip protection.
Uses a 4 GB Hitachi 4200 RPM ATA-66 (Firewire, IEEE-1394a) Microdrive.
|Song Capacity:||1000||Photo Capacity:||None|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod mini can hold approximately 1000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format".|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge||Firewire Support:||Sync & Charge|
|Details:||The iPod mini models are capable of charging and syncing by USB and Firewire via the dock connector.|
|Connectivity:||Firewire & USB||Ports:||Dock, Headphone*|
|Details:||Apple reports that this model provides "Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 through dock connector."
*Ports include the "dock connector, remote connector, ahd stereo minijack."
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPod mini|
|Details:||Aluminum cases -- available in silver, gold, green, blue, and pink.|
|Built-in Display:||1.67" Grayscale||Display Resolution:||138x110|
|Details:||The iPod mini models have a "1.67-inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD with LED backlight".|
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion||Battery Life (Music):||8 Hours|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod mini provides "up to" 8 hours of music playback.
Site sponsor Other World Computing has replacement batteries that are higher capacity than the stock models as well as cases, headphones, speakers, and other accessories.
|Battery Life (Photos):||N/A||Battery Life (Video):||N/A|
|Details:||No support for photos or video.|
|Full-Charge Time:||3 Hours||Model Number:||M9160LL/A*|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod mini models charge completely in "3 hours" and also will "fast charge" in 1 hour to 80% capacity.
*This model number is for the iPod mini in silver. Green is M9434LL/A, pink is M9435LL/A, blue is M9436LL/A, and gold is M9437LL/A.
|Dimensions:||3.6 x 2.0 x 0.5||Avg. Weight:||3.6 oz.|
|Details:||In inches - height by width by depth.|
|Mac Support:||MacOS X 10.1.5||Windows Support:||Windows 2000/XP|
|Details:||Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with Firewire port, MacOS X 10.1.5 or later (MacOS X 10.3 or later recommended)."
It is compatible with a "PC with a Firewire or USB 2.0 port or Firewire or USB 2.0 card [running] WIndows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or Windows XP Home or Professional".
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPod mini supports "AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF (Mac only), and WAV."|
|Incl. Accessories:||Shipped with "earbud headphones, belt clip, AC adapter, Firewire cable, [and a] USB 2.0 cable."|
|Original Price:||US$249||Est. Current Retail:||US$40-US$60|
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