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Apple iPod mini 4 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPod mini - M9160LL/A* - A1051 - 1984

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Apple iPod miniThe Apple iPod mini, Apple's smallest MP3 player at the time of introduction, features a 4 GB hard drive in a compact 3.6 by 2.0 by 0.5 inch lightweight anodized aluminum case -- available in silver, gold, pink, blue, and green -- with a 1.67 inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD display with LED backlight. Apple advertised that it was capable of holding approximately 1,000 songs encoded in "128-Kbps AAC format".

Perhaps most notably, for navigation, the iPod mini introduced the revolutionary "ClickWheel" which places pressure sensitive navigation buttons underneath the scroll wheel. The iPod mini features a voice recorder feature, games, and an alarm clock, as well as a wired remote, a "dock" for quick-and-easy connection to a computer -- Firewire for Macs and USB 2.0 for Windows -- and audio out for connection to a stereo or powered speakers.

Battery life is estimated at eight hours of music playback and it provides 25 minutes of skip protection.

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January 6, 2004 February 23, 2005
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 2004.
80 MHz (x2) PP5020
Details: The iPod mini uses a PortalPlayer PP5020 "system on a chip" with dual embedded variable speed 80 MHz ARM 7TDMI processors.
32 MB 4 GB
Details: 32 MB of SDRAM provides skip protection.
1000 None
Details: Apple reports that the iPod mini can hold approximately 1000 songs in "128-Kbps AAC format".
Sync & Charge Sync & Charge
Details: The iPod mini models are capable of charging and syncing by USB and Firewire via the dock connector.
Firewire & USB Dock, Headphone*
Details: Apple reports that this model provides "Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 through dock connector."

*Ports include the "dock connector, remote connector, ahd stereo minijack."
Handheld iPod mini
Details: N/A
Colors* "ClickWheel"
Details: Aluminum cases -- available in silver, gold, green, blue, and pink.
1.67" Grayscale 138x110
Details: The iPod mini models have a "1.67-inch (diagonal) grayscale LCD with LED backlight".
Lithium Ion 8 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod mini provides "up to" 8 hours of music playback.

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Details: No support for photos or video.
3 Hours M9160LL/A*
Details: Apple reports that the iPod mini models charge completely in "3 hours" and also will "fast charge" in 1 hour to 80% capacity.

*The M9160LL/A order number is for the iPod mini in silver. Green is M9434LL/A, pink is M9435LL/A, blue is M9436LL/A, and gold is M9437LL/A.
iPod mini A1051 (EMC 1984)
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All iPods with the A1051 Model Number and the 1984 EMC Number.
3.6 x 2.0 x 0.5 3.6 oz.
Details: In inches - height by width by depth.
MacOS X 10.1.5 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 10.3 or later recommended)."

It is compatible with a "PC with a Firewire or USB 2.0 port or Firewire or USB 2.0 card [running] WIndows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or Windows XP Home or Professional".
Apple reports that the iPod mini supports "AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF (Mac only), and WAV."
Shipped with "earbud headphones, belt clip, AC adapter, Firewire cable, [and a] USB 2.0 cable."

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells accessories like cases, stands, keyboards, speakers and more for this iPod.

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US$249 US$20-US$40
Details: 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 mini 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$349 N/A
N/A US$249

Original Prices - Europe

€259 N/A
N/A £199

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 2,488 N/A
¥26,800 N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

N/A NZ$489

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