First Generation iPod Tips & Advice

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Learn from our expert basic usage tips and some information and other tips for first generation iPods in this free electronics video on using an iPod.

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Video Transcript

The first unit I’m going to show you today is the iPod second generation model that I have here. It was the first unit to dawn the actual touch wheel, which in common in all of the current model iPods today except for the iPod shuffle. The 1st generation and 2nd generation units are completely identical in shape, non-rounded features, and solid back polished silver exterior case. They both dawn a full size fire wire port at the very top, a plastic hold switch, and a remote and headphone port that are both completely connected together. The 1st generation model, which I don’t have the ability to show you today, has an actual fully movable scroll wheel on the very front of it. These units have not been in use since about the end of 2003. When in the early Christmas season of that year, the 3rd generation iPod unit was introduced. This unit was rather interesting in the fact that is was the first one to go through and introduce the iPod dock connector cable, which allowed it to be plugged in to Windows PC computers via USB later on. This unit was available on multiple sizes, in 10, 20, 30, and 40-gigabyte capacities, and moderately about the same size. Notably, it was the first one to go through and separate the headphone jack and the remote port as two separate entity. The actual hold button was changed over to a solid metal piece, and the 4 buttons that have surrounded the wheel on the 1st and 2nd generation model, were moved above the wheel to make the wheel independent for ease of use. This was the last of the actual non-colored screen units, which was modified and taken care of and introduced in early 2005. As you can see, with this unit it dawns a beautiful vibrant colored screen and has all the features that would allow it to be a phone companion, hence the name iPod Photo. The buttons on this unit were relocated and moved under the actual click wheel itself and made very convenient for ease of use while either driving or traveling, and it was one of the hottest selling products of the 2005 Christmas season. Identical to the earlier generation model except for the fact that it maintained of an actual video port on the top. This is the information that we have for you today on the first generations of the iPod. My name is Eric.


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