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Apple iPod (Original/Scroll Wheel) 5 GB, 10 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPod (Original) - M8513LL/A* - M8541 - 1910

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Apple iPodThe original Apple iPod (Scroll Wheel) broke new ground in the portable MP3 player market by combining a small hard drive, a unique "Scroll Wheel" controller for easy one handed operation, a simple, easy-to-use operating system designed for mobile devices (based on Pixo OS 2.1), and slick Mac software -- iTunes (based on SoundJam) -- that made it easy to manage one's music collection between the Mac and the iPod.

The original iPod features a 5 GB hard drive (10 GB option available after March 21, 2002) capable of holding 1000 songs in 160-Kbps MP3 format (or 2000 on the 10 GB drive), a high output amplifier (60-mW), a FireWire port, and a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack in an ultrasleek "iBook white" and stainless steel case with a 2-inch white backlit LCD display. Battery life is an estimated 10 hours.

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October 23, 2001* April 28, 2003*
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

*A 10 GB "Scroll Wheel" (M8709LL/A) model was introduced March 21, 2002 and discontinued July 17, 2002. Apple continued to sell the original 5 GB "Scroll Wheel" model as part of the "2G/Touch Wheel" series, but assigned M8513LL/B (for the Mac compatible model) and M8697LL/A (for the new Windows compatible model).

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2001.
90 MHz (x2) PP5002
Details: The iPod (Original/Scroll Wheel) uses a PortalPlayer PP5002 "system on a chip" with dual embedded 90 MHz ARM 7TDMI processors.
32 MB 5 GB, 10 GB
Details: 32 MB of SDRAM provides over 20 minutes of skip protection.
1000, 2000* None
Details: Apple reported that the 5 GB model could hold "up to" 1000 songs in 160-Kbps MP3 format and the 10 GB model "up to" 2000 songs. It is worth noting that this file format is larger than the one used to report estimated "song capacity" on later iPod models.
None Sync & Charge
Details: The original iPod models are capable of charging and syncing using the onboard standard Firewire "400" port.
Firewire FW, Headphone*
Details: Apple reports that the original iPod provides a "Firewire (IEEE 1394a) port and a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack".
Handheld iPod (Original)
Details: N/A
White "Scroll Wheel"
Details: Available in a two-tone housing with an "iBook white" front and a chromed stainless steel back.
2" Monochrome 160x128
Details: The original iPod has a "2-inch (diagonal) LCD with white LED backlight, 160x128 resolution, [and a] 0.24-mm dot pitch."
Lithium Polymer 10 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the original iPod provides "up to" 10 hours of music playback using an integrated 1200 mAh Lithium Polymer battery.

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Details: No support for photos or video.
3 Hours M8513LL/A*
Details: Apple reports that the original iPod models charge completely in "3 hours" and also will "fast charge" in 1 hour to 80% capacity.

*The M8513LL/A order number is for the original 5 GB Mac compatible configuration. The 10 GB model introduced March 21, 2002 was assigned M8709LL/A, and the 5 GB (Scroll Wheel) model retained when the 10 GB and 20 GB "2G/Touch Wheel" models were introduced were assigned M8513LL/B (Mac) and M8697LL/A (Windows).
iPod (Original) M8541 (EMC 1910)
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All iPods with the M8541 Model Number and the 1910 EMC Number.
4.02 x 2.43 x 0.78 6.5 oz.
Details: In inches - height by width by depth.
MacOS 9.2.1 & X 10.1 None*
Details: The original 5 GB iPod (M8513LL/A) was compatible with "MacOS 9.2.1 (or later) and MacOS X 10.1 (or later)". It also required iTunes 2 software, which was provided.

*The second revision of the 5 GB iPod (Scroll Wheel), retained when the 10 GB and 20 GB "2G/Touch Wheel" models were introduced, was available in a Windows compatible version (M8697LL/A). This version required a "PC with built-in Firewire or Windows-certified Firewire card, Windows Me, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Home or Professional." The Windows compatible model shipped with MUSICMATCH Jukebox Plus software (iTunes for Windows was not yet available).
Apple reports that the original iPod supports "MP3 (up to 320 Kbps), MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR), WAV, [and] AIFF". Apple later added support for Audible (on the Mac compatible models).
The original iPod shipped with "iPod earbud-style headphones, Apple Firewire Cable, [and the] Apple iPod Power Adapter."

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US$399, US$499 US$100-US$200
Details: The original 5 GB iPod was introduced for US$399. A 10 GB model (M8709LL/A) was introduced on March 21, 2002 for US$499.

Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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Global original prices for the iPod (Original/Scroll Wheel) in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.

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Original Prices - North & South America

C$599, C$799 N/A
N/A US$399, US$499

Original Prices - Europe

N/A £349, £429

Original Prices - Asia

¥47,800, ¥62,800 N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$895, A$1095 N/A

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