Identifying iPod models

This document will help you determine the model of iPod you have.

To ensure that your Mac or PC is compatible with your iPod, check the system requirements for your particular iPod.

You can tell which iPod model you have by checking:

  • Whether it navigates using a Multi-Touch display, Control Pad, Click Wheel, Touch wheel, Scroll wheel, or Apple Earphones with Remote.
  • The amount of storage capacity.
  • If it has a color or monochrome screen.
  • If it has a dock connector.
  • If it has a clip.
  • If it has a camera.
iPod touch in six colors iPod touch (5th generation) 2014-06 Multi-Touch display 16 GB
  iPod touch (5th generation 16GB, Mid 2013) 2013-05 Multi-Touch display 16 GB
iPod nano (7th generation) 2012-10 Multi-Touch display 16 GB
  iPod touch (5th generation) 2012-10 Multi-Touch display 32 GB or 64 GB
  iPod touch (4th generation) 2012-10 Multi-Touch display 16 GB
iPod touch (4th generation) 2011-10 Multi-Touch display 8 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB
iPod touch (4th generation) 2010-09 Multi-Touch display 8 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB
iPod nano (6th generation) 2010-09 Multi-Touch display 8 GB or 16 GB
iPod shuffle (4th generation) 2010-09 Control Pad 2 GB
iPod shuffle (3rd generation Late 2009) 2009-09 Apple Earphones with Remote 2 GB or 4 GB
iPod classic 160 GB (Late 2009) 2009-09 Click Wheel 160 GB
iPod touch (3rd generation) 2009-09 Multi-Touch display 32 GB or 64 GB
iPod nano (5th generation) 2009-09 Click Wheel 8 GB or 16 GB
iPod shuffle (3rd generation) 2009-03 Apple Earphones with Remote 4 GB
iPod classic 2008-09 Click Wheel 120 GB
iPod touch (2nd generation) 2008-09 Multi-Touch display 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB
iPod nano (4th generation) 2008-09 Click Wheel 8 GB or 16 GB
iPod shuffle (2nd generation Early 2008) 2008-02 Control Pad 2 GB
iPod touch 2008-02 Multi-Touch display 32 GB
iPod touch 2007-09 Multi-Touch display 8 GB or 16 GB
iPod classic 2007-09 Click Wheel 80 GB or 160 GB
iPod nano (3rd generation) 2007-09 Click Wheel 4 GB or 8 GB
iPod shuffle (2nd generation) 2006-09 Control Pad 1 GB
iPod (5th generation Late 2006) 2006-09 Click Wheel 30 GB or 80 GB
iPod nano (2nd generation) 2006-09 Click Wheel 2 GB, 4 GB, or 8 GB
iPod nano 2006-02 Click Wheel 1 GB
iPod (5th generation) 2005-10 Click Wheel 30 GB or 60 GB
iPod nano 2005-09 Click Wheel 2 GB or 4 GB
iPod with color display 2005-06 Click Wheel 20 GB or 60 GB
iPod photo
(also known as iPod with color display)
2005-02 Click Wheel 30 GB
iPod mini (2nd generation) 2005-02 Click Wheel 4 GB or 6 GB
iPod shuffle 2005-01 Control Pad 512 MB or 1 GB
iPod photo
(also known as iPod with color display)
2004-10 Click Wheel 40 GB or 60 GB
iPod (Click Wheel) 2004-07 Click Wheel 20 GB or 40 GB
iPod mini 2004-01 Click Wheel 4 GB
iPod (dock connector) 2003-09 Touch wheel 20 GB or 40 GB
iPod (dock connector) 2003-04 Touch wheel 10 GB,15 GB, or 30 GB
iPod (Touch wheel) 2002-07 Touch wheel 10 GB or 20 GB
iPod (Scroll wheel) 2002-03 Scroll wheel 10 GB
iPod (Scroll wheel) 2001-10 Scroll wheel 5 GB

How to tell iPod's hard drive size

To determine your iPod's hard drive size:

  • Select Main Menu > Settings > About (iPod touch tap Settings > General > About).
  • On some models, the drive size is engraved on the metal case near the bottom.

How to tell which model you have

Several external features can help you identify your iPod.

iPod touch (5th generation)

iPod touch (5th generation) is available in a 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB configuration. The 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB configurations are available in five colors and include the iSight camera and the FaceTime HD camera. The iPod touch loop is included with the 32 GB and 64 GB.

The iPod touch (5th generation 16 GB, Mid 2013) is available only in 16 GB in silver and has a FaceTime HD camera.

iPod nano (7th generation)

iPod nano (7th generation) is available in eight colors in a 16 GB configuration.

iPod touch (4th generation)

iPod touch (4th generation) is available in a 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB configuration. It has two built-in cameras and is available in white and black.

iPod touch (4th generation)

iPod nano (6th generation)

iPod nano (6th generation) is available in six colors in a 8 GB or 16 GB configuration.

iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition is available only from the Apple Store, in 8 GB or 16 GB configuration. Apple contributes a portion of each iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition purchase to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

iPod shuffle (4th generation)

iPod shuffle (4th generation) is available in five colors in a 2 GB configuration.

iPod shuffle (3rd generation Late 2009)

iPod shuffle (3rd generation Late 2009) is available in 5 colors in a 2 GB or 4 GB configuration.

The iPod shuffle (3rd generation Late 2009) also comes in a Special Limited Edition 4 GB model only available from the Apple Store. It comes in polished stainless steel.

iPod shuffle, polished stainless steel

iPod classic 160 GB (Late 2009)

The iPod classic 160 GB (Late 2009) is a hard drive-based iPod featuring a large, widescreen color display, a Click Wheel, and the capability of displaying photos and videos. Like other models, it uses USB for syncing. The iPod classic is available in silver and black, and has an anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel enclosure.

iPod touch (3rd generation)

iPod touch (3rd generation) features a 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch display and 32 GB or 64 GB flash drive. You can browse the web with Safari and watch YouTube videos with Wi-Fi. You can also search, preview, and buy songs from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store on iPod touch.

The iPod touch (3rd generation) can be distinguished from iPod touch (2nd generation) by looking at the back of the device. In the text below the engraving, look for the model number. iPod touch (2nd generation) is model A1288, and iPod touch (3rd generation) is model A1318.

iPod nano (5th generation)

The iPod nano (5th generation) is available in 8 GB or 16 GB capacity and comes in 9 colors.

The iPod nano (5th generation) is distinguished from previous iPod nano models by:

  • Its taller screen when compared to iPod nano (4th generation)
  • Its polished anodized aluminum finish
  • The inclusion of a camera and microphone on the back of the device

iPod shuffle (3rd generation)

iPod shuffle (3rd generation) includes a single 3-position switch that toggles between off, play in order, and shuffle similar to the original iPod shuffle. It also includes a headphone port that also is used to for connecting to a computer's USB port as well as a clip similar to the iPod shuffle (2nd generation). iPod shuffle (3rd generation) is smaller that either of the previous two models and has one status light compared with two on previous generations of iPod shuffle.

iPod classic (120 GB)

The iPod classic (120 GB) is a hard drive-based iPod featuring a large, widescreen color display, a Click Wheel, and the capability of displaying photos and videos. Like other models, it uses USB for syncing. The iPod classic is available in silver and black, and has an anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel enclosure.

iPod touch (2nd generation)

iPod touch (2nd generation) features a 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch display and 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB flash drive. You can browse the web with Safari and watch YouTube videos with Wi-Fi. You can also search, preview, and buy songs from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store on iPod touch.

The iPod touch (2nd generation) can be distinguished from previous iPod touch models by its contoured design and oval shaped antennae cover in the back upper left corner.

iPod touch

iPod touch features a 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch display and 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB flash drive. You can browse the web with Safari and watch YouTube videos on the first-ever Wi-Fi iPod. You can also search, preview, and buy songs from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store on iPod touch.

iPod classic

The iPod classic is a hard drive-based iPod (80 GB or 160 GB) featuring a large, widescreen color display, a Click Wheel, and the capability of displaying photos and videos. Like other models, it uses USB for syncing. The iPod classic is available in silver and black, and has an anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel enclosure.

You can distinguish the iPod classic from the iPod (5th generation) by the last three digits of the serial number. The iPod classic serial number's last three digits will be one of the following: Y5N, YMU, YMV, and YMX.

iPod nano (4th generation)

The iPod nano (4th generation) is available in 8 GB or 16 GB capacity and comes in 9 colors.

The iPod nano (4th generation) is distinguished from previous iPod nano models by:

  • Its taller screen
  • Its curved surface
  • Its oval shape when seen from the top or bottom
  • The inclusion of an accelerometer that is used by the Shake feature.

iPod nano (3rd generation)

The iPod nano (3rd generation) is available in 4 GB or 8 GB capacity, and comes in 5 colors.

iPod nano (3rd generation) is distinguished from previous iPod nano models by:

  • Its wider screen
  • Hold switch location on the bottom
  • Its ability to play video

You can also distinguish the iPod nano (3rd generation) by the last three digits of the serial number. The iPod nano (3rd generation) serial number's last three digits will be one of the following: YOP, YOR, YXR, YXT, YXV, YXX.

iPod (5th generation Late 2006)—also known as iPod with video or Fifth Generation iPod

You can distinguish the iPod (5th generation Late 2006) from the original iPod (5th generation) by the last three digits of the serial number. The iPod (5th generation Late 2006) serial number's last three digits will be one of the following: V9K, V9P, V9M, V9R, V9L, V9N, V9Q, V9S, WU9, WUA, WUB, WUC, and X3N. The Fifth Generation U2 Special Edition iPod (30 GB Late 2006) serial number's last three digits are W9G.

iPod (5th generation)—also known as iPod with video or Fifth Generation iPod

The iPod (5th generation) is a a hard drive-based iPod featuring a large, widescreen color display, a Click Wheel, and the capability of displaying photos and videos. Like iPod nano, it uses USB for syncing and comes in white and black.

iPod nano (2nd generation)

iPod nano (2nd generation) is distinguished from other models by:

  • Its smaller size.
  • Its colors.
  • The dock connector and headphones port are both located on the bottom of the unit.

The iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition is an iPod nano (2nd generation) available in red and with a 4 GB or 8 GB drive capacity. With each iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED purchased, $10 from the sale goes directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.

iPod nano

iPod nano is smaller than iPod mini and has a color screen and a Click Wheel but has flash memory instead of a hard drive. Song and photo syncing only occurs over USB 2 (not FireWire). iPod nano comes in white and black. The capacity of the iPod nano is engraved on the back of the case (1 GB, 2 GB, or 4 GB).

The dock connector (1) and headphone jack (2) are both on the bottom of the iPod nano.

Image illustrating (1) long rectangular port, (2) small round port

iPod shuffle (2nd generation)

iPod shuffle (2nd generation) is smaller than the original iPod shuffle and has no USB connector.

You can distinguish the iPod shuffle (2nd generation Early 2008) 2 GB from previous models by the last three characters of the serial number. The iPod shuffle (2nd generation Early 2008) 2 GB serial number’s last three characters will be one of the following: 1ZH, 1ZK, 1ZM, 1ZP, 1ZR.

iPod shuffle

iPod shuffle is smaller than iPod mini and has no display. There are LED lights on the front and back. The capacity of the drive is engraved on the front USB connector.

iPod mini

iPod mini is distinguished from other models by:

  • Its smaller size.
  • Its colors.
  • The Hold switch, which is on the top-left side.

  • The Click Wheel's button labels, which are on the wheel itself.

iPod mini (2nd generation)

The iPod mini (2nd generation) models are distinguished from the original iPod mini models by:

  • Hard drive size engraved on back of unit.

  • Click Wheel text color matches iPod mini (2nd generation) color

iPod with color display

iPod and iPod photo are now one and the same, with every white iPod boasting a full-color display. They continue to have the same controls as iPod (Click Wheel) but now all models have a color display like iPod photo - ideal for viewing album artwork and playing slideshows. These are considered fourth generation models along with iPod (Click Wheel).

iPod (Click Wheel)

iPod (Click Wheel) models have a Click Wheel like the iPod mini, but are larger and the hold switch is on the top-right side. iPod (Click Wheel) models have a monochrome display. iPod (Click Wheel) is referred to as the fourth generation iPod.

iPod Special Edition U2

The iPod Special Edition U2 is a standard iPod model with certain external differences including: Black plastic exterior, red Click Wheel, signatures of the U2 band members engraved on the back, and "iPod Special Edition U2" engraved on the back. The first model was based an iPod (Click Wheel) with a 20 GB hard drive. In June 2005 a new version of the iPod Special Edition U2 was introduced that was based on an iPod with color display Generation iPod . These are both also considered fourth generation iPod models. In June 2006, a new version of the iPod Special Edition U2 was introduced that is based on a Fifth Generation iPod (also known as iPod with video) with a 30 GB hard drive. In September 2006 a model based on the Fifth Generation iPod (30 GB Late 2006) was introduced. You can distinguish Fifth Generation U2 Special Edition iPod (Late 2006) from the Fifth Generation U2 Special Edition iPod by the last three digits of the serial number. The Fifth Generation U2 Special Edition iPod (30 GB Late 2006) serial number's last three digits are W9G.

iPod Special Edition Harry Potter

The iPod Special Edition Harry Potter is a standard iPod model with the Hogwarts Crest engraved on the back:

The first model was based an iPod with color display with a 20 GB hard drive. In October 2005 a new version of the iPod Special Edition Harry Potter was introduced that was based on an Fifth Generation iPod with a 30 GB hard drive.

iPod photo (also known as iPod with color display)

iPod photo models are functionally and visually identical to the iPod with color display (see above photo).

iPod (dock connector)

iPod (dock connector) models have a dock connector as illustrated here.

Image of a long rectangular port on bottom of iPod

Newer iPod models like iPod (Click Wheel) and iPod mini also have a dock connector, but the iPod (dock connector) has a touch wheel instead of a Click Wheel and the four control buttons are above the touch wheel. iPod (dock connector) models are referred to as third generation iPod models.

iPod (touch wheel)

All iPod (touch wheel) models have a FireWire port cover. Scroll wheel models don't, and dock connector models don't have a FireWire port. The iPod (touch wheel) model controls look similar to the iPod (scroll wheel) but the touch wheel itself does not turn. iPod (touch wheel) models are considered second generation iPod models. The top of an iPod (touch wheel) model is shown here:

Image illustrating: 1. plastic flap, 2. port under flap, 3. round port, 4. rectangular switch

  1. FireWire port cover
  2. FireWire port
  3. Headphones port
  4. Hold switch

iPod (Scroll wheel)

iPod (scroll wheel) models have a scroll wheel that physically turns. The controls (Play, Menu, Next, Previous) appear in a circle around the wheel. iPod (scroll wheel) models are referred to as first generation iPod models.

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