An iPod is a portable media player brand designed and marketed by Apple Inc and released on October 23, 2001.
What is Apple iPod, and What are its Types and Features?
Apple’s product line includes Classic, Touch, Mini, Nano and Shuffle. The iPhone can function as an iPod but is generally considered a mobile device product.
Some of the previous and discontinued models of the iPod family include the Mini and Photo series. But since 2007 had major manufacturing defects, Apple Inc. The serial number is repeated in 1 out of 100 products.
The Classic model stores multimedia on an internal hard drive, but a flash memory is used for the storage memory of the rest of the models.
Like many other digital music players, iPods other than iPod touch can act as external data storage devices. In short, storage capacity may vary depending on the model produced.
Apple iTunes software can be used to transfer music from a computer to iPod using certain applications for Macintosh and Microsoft Windows.
There are also a few open source 3rd party programs for users who don’t want to use Apple software or who can’t run iTunes on their computers.
Although these programs do not work stably, the iTunes software fully meets the needs of the iPod device.
This device was originally designed outside Apple Inc. by Tony Fadell. Tony Fadell reported his idea to the company and was hired as a freelancer to start his project.
Fadell and his team were responsible for the first two generations of the iPod, and since then the iPod was designed by Jonathan Ive’s team.
As a result of the improvements made, new models such as Mini and Shuffle were created. In addition, the video playback feature was integrated into these devices and later integrated with the iPhone’s multi-touch technology Touch.
In late June 2005, the company added color screen, music, photo recording and video playback on all white models by integrating it into the iPod 4G device.
On October 12, 2005, the company released the iPod 5G with a 2.5-inch color display that can showcase album covers and photos, as well as playback footage from music videos, video podcasts, home movies, and TV shows.
On February 7, 2006, Apple released a new 1GB capacity model for the Nano model. With this, Apple Inc. planned to make iPods more accessible than ever, and in addition, the Shuffle has lowered the price on the 512 MB and 1 GB models.
On June 6, 2006, Apple, like its predecessor, presented a special version of the music group U2’s iPod 5G, bearing the signature of the four components of the band engraved on the metallic back of the device whose color was changed for the first time.
This device was a special version with only 30GB capacity. Additionally, a special 30-minute video featuring U2’s interviews and performances added to this device.
In September 2006, the fifth generation enhanced version, also known as 5.5G, was released. The main innovation of this device is that it has a more efficient battery and better lighting.
On September 5, 2007, Apple released the next generation of devices and then renamed the device to iPod Classic.
Similar to the iPhone, Nano completely redesigned, adding to the Touch series, which features a large touchscreen display and features for audio, video, photo and web surfing over Wi-Fi.
On January 15, 2008, MacWorld announced a change to Touch software that includes new applications, and various programs such as email, PDF, Microsoft Office and Google Maps that can display HTML pages were added.
After a long period of time, the company introduced the new Nano with the design of the previous model on September 9, 2009.
The main innovations in this device are the click wheel, a longer screen, FM Radio, Pedometer feature, and a great digital camera that records H264 video with microphone and speaker for listening to music without the need for headphones.
It can play MP3, WAV, AAC/M4A, AIFF and Apple Lossless files, and also the new generation devices can play video files in H.264 and MPEG-4 formats.
Apple designed the iPod primarily to work with the iTunes program and can automatically sync music files in the user’s library each time it is connected to the computer.
New songs, photos and playlists are automatically copied to the device, and deleted songs are also deleted from the device.
This also works in the opposite direction, if a song is rated, the rating will also be copied to the iTunes library. Also, if audiobooks are being played, their location will be synced automatically.
In addition to the automatic syncing feature, iTunes also offers a manual sync option. Also, the iPod operating system includes simple video games.
Originally, it only included the Breakout game on first and second generation devices. Since the third generation, three additional games added to the device called Parachute, Solitaire and Music Test.
The 5th generation devices Classic and the latest generation players have the ability to download games of various themes from the iTunes Store.
Color screen iPods use text and graphics with Antialias along with animations. All iPods have 5 buttons, and next generations have buttons built into the click wheel.
These buttons perform basic functions such as play, next track, and other actions such as navigating the menu and controlling the volume are done by turning the click wheel. The second generation Shuffle has 5 buttons instead of the click wheel.
Touch also has no click wheels or buttons, but instead has a multi-function button similar to that of the iPhone.