The iPod Classic (styled and marketed as iPod classic and formerly iPod) was a portable media player created and previously marketed by Apple Inc. There were seven generations of iPod Classic, as well as a spin-off (the iPod Photo ) which was then reinstated in the main line of the iPod. All generations used a hard drive for storage. The “classic” suffix was formally introduced with the deployment of the sixth-generation iPod on September 5, 2007. Prior to that, all iPod Classic models were simply called iPods. It was available in silver or black replacing the “white signature iPod”. On September 9, 2014, Apple abandoned the iPod Classic. The sixth generation iPod Classic of 160GB was the last Apple product of the iPod range to use the original 30-pin iPod connector and the iconic Click Wheel.
IPods with color displays use anti-aliased graphics and text, with sliding animations. All iPods have five buttons and the following generations (4th and above) have the buttons integrated in the click wheel – a design that gives a minimalist and sleek interface, although the circuit contains several momentary button switches. The buttons are:
The operating system of the iPod is stored on its dedicated storage media. An additional ROM ROM chip (1 MB or 512 KB) contains a boot program that tells the device to load its operating system from the storage medium. Each iPod also has 32 MB of RAM, although the fifth generation 60 GB and 80 GB, and the sixth generation models have 64 MB. Part of the RAM is used to keep the iPod OS loaded from the firmware, but most of it is used to cache songs from the storage medium. For example, an iPod could run its hard drive once and copy about 30MB of future songs into RAM, saving energy by not requiring the player to run for each song. Custom software packages have also been developed such as Rockbox (up to 6G – 6G requires emCORE) and iPodLinux (up to 5G) that offer open-source alternatives to standard firmware and operating system.
In March 2002, Apple added a limited PDA-like feature: text files can be displayed, while contacts and schedules can be viewed and synchronized with the host computer. Some built-in games are available, including Brick (a Breakout Clone), Parachute, Solitaire and iPod Quiz. A firmware update released in September 2006 added additional features to fifth-generation iPods, including adjustable display brightness, uninterrupted playback, and downloadable games. However, as of September 30, 2011, these games are no longer available on the iTunes Store.
Apple introduced the first-generation iPod (M8541) on October 23, 2001, with the slogan “1000 songs in your pocket”. They went on sale November 10, 2001. The first iPod had a monochrome LCD (liquid crystal display) and a 5GB hard drive capable of storing 1000 songs encoded in MP3 and was sold for $ 399 US. Among the innovations of the iPod was its small size, obtained with a hard drive of 1.8 “, while its competitors used 2.5” hard drives at the time, and its navigation easy to use, controlled by using an iPods wheel, which had touch scroll wheels), a center select button, and four auxiliary buttons around the wheel. The iPod had a nominal battery life of ten hours. On March 20, 2002, Apple introduced a 10GB model of the first-generation iPod for US $ 499. VCard compatibility has been added, as well as allowing iPods to display synchronized business card information from a Mac.
The second generation of the iPod was introduced on July 17, 2002. Using a body style similar to that of the first generation, the top of the iPod has been redesigned, going from a single cutout in the back plate to mounting the firewire port. switch and a headset assembly, to individual ports being cut into the backplate to allow these ports to be accessible. In addition, the hold switch has been redesigned, a cover has been added to the FireWire port, and the mechanical wheel has been replaced with a touch wheel. The second generation class was available in 10 GB for $ 399 and 20 GB for $ 499 US. The first-generation iPod 5GB has been postponed, but its price has been reduced to US $ 299. Notably, the second-generation iPods and the updated first-generation iPod were now compatible with Windows. These versions come with a 4-pin to 6-pin FireWire adapter and come with Musicmatch Jukebox. At that time, iTunes was only Mac and unavailable for Windows. In December 2002, Apple unveiled its first limited edition iPods, with the signature of Madonna, Tony Hawk or Beck or the No Doubt group logo engraved on the back for an additional $ 50 US.