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The Apple iPod (Third Generation) features a 10 GB, 15 GB, or 30 GB 4200 RPM ATA-66 hard drive capable of supporting "up to" 2500, 3700, or 7500 songs, respectively, encoded in "128-Kbps AAC format". and a "2-inch (diagonal) [monochrome] LCD display with blue-white LED backlight" housed in a case with an "iBook white" front and a stainless steel back.
The third generation iPod has several hardware improvements compared to the earlier models, including a thinner, lighter, and slightly more rounded enclosure, a "dock" for quick-and-easy connection to a computer and audio out for connection to a stereo or powered speakers. The now backlit solid-state buttons were moved from around the touch wheel to above the wheel, which some users liked and others disliked, but no one disliked the additional five minutes of skip protection (up to 25 minutes).
Software improvements include greater customization options, a voice recorder feature, games, and an alarm clock. Battery life is an estimated eight hours.
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|Introduction Date:||April 28, 2003||Discontinued Date:||September 8, 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.
Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2003.
|Processor Speed:||90 MHz (x2)||Processor Type:||PP5002|
|Details:||The iPod 3G uses a PortalPlayer PP5002 "system on a chip" with dual embedded 90 MHz ARM 7TDMI processors.|
|Onboard RAM:||32 MB||Storage Capacity:||10, 15, 30 GB|
|Details:||32 MB of SDRAM provides skip protection.|
|Song Capacity:||2500, 3700, 7500||Photo Capacity:||None|
|Details:||Apple reports that the 10 GB iPod 3G configuration can hold approximately 2500 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format", the 15 GB configuration can hold 3700 songs, and the 30 GB configuration 7500 songs.|
|USB Support:||Sync Only||Firewire Support:||Sync & Charge|
|Details:||The iPod 3G models are capable of charging and syncing by Firewire via the dock connector. These models can only sync using USB.|
|Connectivity:||Firewire & USB||Ports:||Dock, Headphone*|
|Details:||Apple reports that this model provides "Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 through dock connector", but notes that USB 2.0 is only for Windows PCs (sold separately).
*Ports include the "dock connector, remote connector, and stereo minijack."
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPod 3rd Gen|
|Housing Color:||White||Controller:||"Touch Wheel"|
|Details:||Available in a two-tone housing with an "iBook white" front and a chromed stainless steel back.|
|Built-in Display:||2" Monochrome||Display Resolution:||160x128|
|Details:||The iPod 3G models have a "2-inch (diagonal) LCD with blue-white LED backlight". 0.24-mm dot pitch.
In the US, site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis of hardware problems and 24-hour repairs for cracked displays as well as dead batteries, broken buttons, and more for this iPod.
For those interested in do-it-yourself repair, Mission Repair sells quality upgrade kits and parts for this iPod worldwide.
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion||Battery Life (Music):||8 Hours|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod 3G provides "up to" 8 hours of music playback.
Site sponsor Other World Computing has replacement batteries that are higher capacity than the stock models as well as cases, headphones, speakers, and other accessories.
|Battery Life (Photos):||N/A||Battery Life (Video):||N/A|
|Details:||No support for photos or video.|
|Full-Charge Time:||3 Hours||Apple Order No:||M8976LL/A*|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod (3G) models charge completely in "3 hours" and also will "fast charge" in 1 hour to 80% capacity.
*The M8976LL/A order number is for the 10 GB configuration. The 15 GB configuration is M8946LL/A and the 30 GB configuration is M8948LL/A.
|Apple Subfamily:||iPod 3rd Gen||Apple Model No:||A1040 (EMC 1961)|
|Details:||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All iPods with the A1040 Model Number and the 1961 EMC Number.
|Dimensions:||4.1 x 2.4 x 0.62*||Avg. Weight:||5.6 oz.*|
|Details:||In inches - height by width by depth (10 GB and 15 GB configurations). The 30 GB configuration is slightly thicker (0.73 inches) and heavier (6.2 oz).|
|Mac Support:||MacOS X 10.1.5||Windows Support:||Windows 2000/XP|
|Details:||Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Macintosh computer with Firewire port, MacOS X 10.1.5 or later (MacOS X 10.2 or later recommended)."
It is compatible with a "PC with built-in Firewire or USB 2.0, Windows-certified Firewire or USB 2.0 card [running] WIndows 2000 or Windows XP Home or Professional".
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPod 3G supports "AAC (16 to 320 Kbps) - Mac only, MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF (Mac only), and WAV."|
|Incl. Accessories:||The 10 GB configuration (M8976LL/A) shipped with "earbud headphones, AC adapter, dock connector to Firewire cable, [and a] 4-pin-to-6-pin FireWire adapter". The 15 and 30 GB models also shipped with a dock, remote, and carrying case.|
|Original Price:||US$299, $399, $499||Est. Current Retail:||US$30-US$50|
|Details:||The 10 GB configuration originally sold for US$299, the 15 GB configuration for US$399, and the 30 GB configuration 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).
Photo Credit: Apple Computer.
Global original prices for the iPod 3rd Gen (10/15/30) in 24 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 America
|Canada:||C$459, C$599, C$749||United States:||US$299, $399, $499|
Original Prices - Europe
|United Kingdom:||£249, £299, £399|
Original Prices - Asia
|China:||RMB 2,910, 3,640, 4,550||Hong Kong:||N/A|
|Japan:||¥36,800, ¥47,800, ¥59,800||Singapore:||N/A|
Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand
Ten of the most popular Q&As about the iPod line follow.