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iPod Q&A - Updated November 21, 2011

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How many songs does each iPod, iPod mini, iPod nano, iPod touch, and iPod shuffle hold?

The maximum number of songs that every iPod is capable of storing varies upon the length of songs, file type, format, and encoding used. Using the iPod to hold photos and videos (when applicable), likewise can reduce the number of songs the iPod can store.

However, the capacity of every iPod in gigabytes, along with the Apple estimated number of songs that each can hold, is provided below:

iPod Name

Capacity (GB)

Estimated Songs

iPod (Original/Scroll)

5 GB, 10 GB

1000, 2000*

iPod 2nd Gen

5, 10, 20 GB

1000, 2000, 4000*

iPod 3rd Gen 10/15/30

10, 15, 30 GB

2500, 3700, 7500

iPod 3rd Gen 10/20/40

10, 20, 40 GB

2500, 5000, 10,000

iPod 3rd Gen 15/20/40

15, 20, 40 GB

3700, 5000, 10,000

iPod 4th Gen

20 GB, 40 GB

5000, 10,000

iPod U2 (4th Gen)

20 GB

5000

iPod photo (30)

30 GB

7,500

iPod photo (40/60)

40 GB, 60 GB

10,000, 15,000

iPod Color Display

20 GB, 60 GB

5,000, 15,000

iPod U2 (Color)

20 GB

5,000

iPod 5th Gen (Video)

30 GB, 60 GB

7500, 15,000

iPod U2 5th Gen

30 GB

7500

iPod 5th Gen Enhanced

30 GB, 80 GB

7500, 20,000

iPod U2 5th Gen (E)

30 GB

7500

iPod classic (Orig)

80 GB, 160 GB

20,000, 40,000

iPod classic (2008)

120 GB

30,000

iPod classic (2009)

160 GB

40,000

iPod mini

4 GB

1000

iPod mini 2nd Gen

4 GB, 6 GB

1000, 1500

iPod nano

1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB

240, 500, 1000

iPod nano 2nd Gen

2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB

500, 1000, 2000

iPod nano 2nd Gen RED

4 GB, 8 GB

1000, 2000

iPod nano 3rd Gen

4 GB, 8 GB

1000, 2000

iPod nano 4th Gen

8 GB, 16 GB

2000, 4000

iPod nano 5th Gen

8 GB, 16 GB

2000, 4000

iPod nano 6th Gen

8 GB, 16 GB

2000, 4000†

iPod shuffle

512 MB, 1 GB

120, 240

iPod shuffle 2nd Gen

1 GB, 2 GB

240, 500

iPod shuffle 3rd Gen

4 GB

1000

iPod shuffle 3rd Gen (C)

2 GB, 4 GB

500, 1000

iPod shuffle 4th Gen

2 GB

500†

iPod touch

8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB

1750, 3500, 7000

iPod touch 2nd Gen

8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB

1750, 3500, 7000

iPod touch 3rd Gen

8 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB

1750, 7000, 14,000

iPod touch 4th Gen

8 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB

1750, 7000, 14,000†

iPod touch "4.5" Gen

8 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB

1750, 7000, 14,000†

* Apple estimated the song capacity of the first and second generation iPod using the 160-Kbps MP3 format. These files are larger than the 128-Kbps AAC format used to estimate the capacity of subsequent iPod models.

† Interestingly, Apple did not provide "official" estimates for song capacity, photo capacity and video capacity for these models. However, as overall capacities of these models are unchanged from earlier models, these estimates still are worthwhile to get a general idea of storage capacity.

Also see:

  • Which iPods are currently shipping? How many songs does each hold? What are the pros and cons of each?
  • How many movies can the video capable iPod models hold?

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