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iPod classic 160GB (Late 2009) - Technical Specifications

Size and weight

Height:
4.1 inches (103.5 mm)
Width:
2.4 inches (61.8 mm)
Depth:
0.41 inch (10.5 mm)
Weight:
4.9 ounces (140 grams)1

 

Capacity

  • 160GB hard drive2
  • Holds up to 40,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format3
  • Holds up to 25,000 iPod-viewable photos4
  • Holds up to 200 hours of video5
  • Stores data via USB hard drive

In the box

  • iPod classic
  • Earphones
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Dock adapter
  • Quick Start guide

Environmental Status Report

iPod classic embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
  • PVC-free
  • Highly recyclable aluminum and stainless steel enclosure

Display

  • 2.5-inch (diagonal) color LCD with LED backlight
  • 320-by-240-pixel resolution at 163 pixels per inch

Audio

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

Headphones

  • Earphones
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms

Video

  • H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Languages

  • Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, and Turkish
  • Additional language support for display of song, album, and artist information: Bulgarian, Croatian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese

Input and output

  • Dock connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

External buttons and controls

  • Hold switch
  • Click Wheel

Battery and power6

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Playback time
    • Music playback time: Up to 36 hours when fully charged
    • Video playback time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
    • Fast-charge time: about 2 hours (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
    • Full-charge time: about 4 hours

Mac system requirements

  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later
  • iTunes 9 or later7

Windows system requirements

  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 9 or later7

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F
    (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F
    (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
    (3000 m)

Accessories

In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic

Engineered for extreme clarity and audio accuracy, these headphones let you hear musical details you’ve been missing.

USB Power Adapter

Use this ultracompact USB-based adapter to charge your iPhone or iPod whenever it’s not connected to a computer.

Earphones with Remote and Mic

These earbud headphones have convenient buttons that let you adjust volume and control music and video playback.

Universal Dock with Remote

Get easy access to a USB port for charging and syncing your iPod or for connecting to a TV or speakers.

Apple Composite AV Cable

Apple Component AV Cable

Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable

iPod Universal Dock Adapter 3-Pack


  1. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  3. Song capacity is based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; in 256-Kbps AAC format, song capacity is up to 20,000 songs; actual capacity varies by encoding method and bit rate.
  4. Photo capacity is based on iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes.
  5. Video capacity is based on H.264 1.5-Mbps video at 640-by-480 resolution combined with 128-Kbps audio; actual capacity varies by content.
  6. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2009 using preproduction hardware and software. The playlist contained 358 unique audio tracks consisting of content imported from CDs using iTunes (128-Kbps AAC) and content purchased from the iTunes Store (128-Kbps AAC). Video content was purchased from the iTunes Store. Battery tests are conducted with specific iPod units; actual results may vary. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced (see www.apple.com/support/ipod/service/battery). Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
  7. iPod and iTunes are for legal or rightholder-authorized copying only. Don’t steal music.
Last Modified: Jul 18, 2011
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